Fairy tales come to life

Performances of The Soldier’s Tale and Sleeping Beauty are likely to delight young and not-so-young visiting Teatro das Figuras in Faro this month.

The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky features the Algarve Orchestra in a concert conducted by maestro Jan Wierzba on Sunday, January 17 at 12 noon.

A real family occasion, the performance will introduce the music of Stravinsky through the story of a soldier on leave from the army who trades his old violin for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich. What the soldier doesn’t realise is that he has made a deal with the devil. Along the way, he learns that money does not bring happiness.

Then on February 24 at 5.30pm, the Russian Classical Ballet will take to the stage for a performance of Sleeping Beauty, based on the fairly tale La Belle au bois Dormant by Charles Perrault.

A musical ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is a tale of enchanted forests and castles, curses and fairies, and only a kiss of true love will undo the spell cast on Princess Aurora.

Both performances are suitable for children aged over three and while The Soldier’s Tale performance costs from €5, Sleeping Beauty costs from €25.

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