Misty Copeland as Juliet in Kenneth MacMIllan's Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Gene Schiavone

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The Sleeping Beauty ballet is returning to Sydney for another season after its enormous success in 2015, but this time, principle dancer of American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is joining the performance as guest star.

Staying faithful to the original storyline of Sleeping Beauty, the ballet will enchant audiences into a dream-like fairy tale performance, surrounding them with beautiful costumes, amazing chorography and music.

Australian principle dancer Ako Kondo said, “Every girls dream is on stage; all the characters have amazing dancing and amazing acting, so I hope everyone enjoys it and leaves the theatre thinking, oh wow, that was like a dream.”

Misty Copeland will be playing the part of Auora on November 22 and 24, while our very own Ako Kondo will be Auora for the rest of the season.

“We have some new Auora’s coming in, including the guest artist Misty Copeland from American Ballet Theatre, so it will be exciting for Sydney audiences because it’s going to be the same production, but different dancers,” Kondo said.

Kondo has been a professional ballerina since she was 18 and has starred in many other performances such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“I think sleeping beauty is one of the hardest ballets I’ve done, it is the purest classical ballet and is challenging, it requires a strong technique, but you can’t show how hard it is to the audience. You have to be very elegant and very princess like, but it’s a joy to perform, I love being out there with the costume and tiara – that just makes everything better!” Kondo said.

With the music written by the famous composer Tchaikovsky, it is very “powerful, but at the same time very elegant so it really suits the ballet, just listening to the live orchestra is amazing. It is a beautiful story, everyone knows it so it is easy for audiences to get into this ballet and you don’t need to try to understand the story, we are doing more and more each time so I’m sure that audiences will enjoy it,” Kondo concluded.

Nov 11-25. Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket. $43-$258+b.f. Tickets and Info: www.australianballet.com.au

By Jade Morellini.