When people hear Sleeping Beauty, they think of the classic 1959 Walt Disney movie. But what many don’t know is that French author Charles Perrault originally wrote the story in 1697, and that the Brothers Grimm later popularized it. The subject of countless films, musical interpretations, plays, and artwork, this classic fairy tale and love story provides the ideal framework for a full-length classical ballet. Originally choreographed by the legendary Marius Petipa to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ballet’s premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Jan. 15, 1890. More than 125 years later, Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Willy Shives has put his own creative twist on the classic work. Shives’ troupe will present its rendition of The Sleeping Beauty Feb. 17-19, 2017, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.