Fairfield University will present a performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" by the Moscow Festival Ballet 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road.

"The Sleeping Beauty," a full-length ballet in three acts, premiered Jan. 16, 1890, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, the ballet is a blending of the traditional mime, expressive pas de deux, and spectacular divertissements presented in a theatrical setting. The ballet, based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale, is considered the crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career and another of the symphonic masterpieces of composer Tchaikovsky, according to a university news release.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko to bring together the highest classical elements of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies into an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet, the release states. It has toured the world, having recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and, since 1997, has toured extensively throughout the United States.

The company commissions new works from within Russia and abroad and it also specializes in 20th century full-length ballets such as "Cinderella," "Romeo and Juliet," "Legend of Love," "Stone Flower" and "The Golden Age."

Tickets to "Sleeping Beauty" are $45, $40, and $35, with discounts available for children, students and seniors. Call 203-254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com.