12 October 2022 -2 January 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
3:10, incl. 2 intermissions
Jewel in the crown
Sir Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty has been the jewel in the crown of Dutch National Ballet’s repertoire for over forty years. This season, the company is awakening the glittering Sleeping Beauty with a kiss no fewer than 21 times, in the period from mid-October to the beginning of January. The demanding variations, brilliant pointe work and pure classical technique make this nineteenth-century fairy-tale ballet the ultimate touchstone for ballet dancers all over the world today.
Photo: Marc Haegeman
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production and direction Sir Peter Wright
Music Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
Musical accompaniment Dutch Ballet Orchestra
conducted by Ermanno Florio (Oct, Nov) en Koen Kessels (Dec)
The recommended age for this performance is 8+.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.
The story of The Sleeping Beauty
All the fairies are invited by King Florestan to attend the christening of his daughter Aurora. Only Carabosse is not invited. Distraught, this angry fairy bursts in and wishes that Aurora will one day die by pricking herself on the needle of a spinning wheel. The Lilac Fairy manages to turn this curse into a wish for Aurora to sleep for 100 years and be kissed awake by a prince. When Aurora, at the age of 16, indeed pricks herself on such a needle, she falls down. The Lilac Fairy appears and soon puts everyone in the court to sleep. The castle becomes overgrown. And then, 100 years later ...
In these dark days (dark in many respects), Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty is a wonderful temporary escape from daily reality
Oh's and ah's from the audience, (...) This enchanting fairy tale ballet shines in Peter Wright's production as a timeless gem
If you've never been to a great classical ballet performance, this is one to start with