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One of the most beloved of all classical ballets, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty comes to life in this beautiful production. Founded in 1938 as the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theater, the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theater is based in Ufa, the capitol city of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. A major Russian cultural center, Ufa is also the home of the State Drama Theatre, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Bashkir State Folk Dance Ensemble. The company is forever linked to the name Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most famous dancers of the twentieth century. Nureyev took the first steps of his storied career as a member of this group in 1953. Today's company members are prize winners in numerous Russian and international competitions.