Ballet 2011-2012: The Sleeping Beauty

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by Bolshoi Ballet at the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography and direction: Original choreography by Marius Petipa, new choreographic version by Yuri Grigorovich Music: Pytor Illyitch Tchaikovksy, directed by Vassily Sinaisky with libretto by Ivan Vsevolzhsky and Marius Petipa Set design: Ezio Frigerio Costumes: Franca Squarciapino With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Ballet in 2 acts based on a story written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm

Created for the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, The Sleeping Beauty first opened in January 1890. Marius Petipa created brilliant soloist steps for the choreography which are among the most accomplished pieces of the classical repertoire. The ballet quickly became a huge success across the world and has also emerged as his masterpiece. This new choreographic version from Yuri Grigorovich dates from 1973.

At the christening of princess Aurora, the evil fairy Carabosse throws a terrible curse upon her and predicts that she will prick her finger and die on her sixteenth birthday. Fortunately, the Lilac Fairy who has not yet offered her gift, lessens the curse: Aurora will be plunged into a deep sleep for a hundred years but will be awakened by a prince’s kiss. The fateful birthday arrives and the king and queen urge the beautiful princess to choose a husband. Having forgotten about diabolical Carabosse they do not notice that, disguised as an old woman, Carabosse is approaching Aurora...

Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including one intermission)


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