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? Cast & creative team:
Princess Aurora: Fumi Kaneko
Prince Florimund: Federico Bonelli
Lilac Fairy: Gina Storm-Jensen
Carabosse: Kristen McNally
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Additional choreography: Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Scenario: Ivan Vsevolozhsky
Production: Monica Mason and Christopher Newton after Ninette De Valois and Nicholas Sergeyev
Additional designs: Peter Farmer
Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan
Staging: Christopher Carr
? The Story (contains spoilers)
The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening. She gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day the Princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break.
On her 16th birthday, Aurora discovers the spindle and pricks her finger. She falls into an enchanted sleep, and the whole palace sleeps with her. One hundred years later, Prince Florimund discovers the palace, hidden deep within a dark forest. He wakes Aurora with a kiss. The curse is lifted, the whole palace awakes, and everyone rejoices.
The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s unique repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.
The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of ballet gems, the most famous of which is the stunning Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors. The many other highlights include the lilting Garland Waltz, the Vision Pas de deux as Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.
? With warm thanks to Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet (Season Principal), Aud Jebsen, Van Cleef & Arpels, The Kirsh Foundation and all supporters of The Royal Ballet
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