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Classical Ballet Pyotr Tchaikovsky "The Sleeping Beauty" (ballet in three acts)
Alexandrinsky Imperial Ballet Theatre (established 1756)

Running time: 3 hours 00 minutes

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Pyotr Tchaikovsky "The Sleeping Beauty" (ballet in three acts) 2020

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Libretto: Marius Petipa
Libretto: Ivan Vsevolozhsky
Set Designer: Olga Shaishmelashvili
Lighting Designer: Yevgeny Ganzburg
Libretto: Jean-Guillaume Bart
Choreography: Jean Guillaume Bart
Costume Designer: Olga Sсhaishmelashvili

Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra "Congress"

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

World premiere: 3 January 1890, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Premiere in Russia: 25 March 1952 Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Leningrad, USSR
Premiere of this production: 28 October 2016, Main Stage of the Russian State Academic Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre.

A new production of Marius Petipa's classical ballet "The Sleeping Beauty", with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and dances staged by Jean-Guillaume Bart, an outstanding French choreographer, danseur, and teacher, will premiere on October 29 and 30, 2016, at the Main Stage of the Russian State Academic Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre.


Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky


The Sleeping Beauty ballet is Leonid Yacobson Theatre's first-ever collaboration with Jean-Guillaume Bart, a world-famous French dance teacher and choreographer who also performs at at the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris. Mr. Bart already has some experience of working in Russia: in 2007, he oversaw the production of the Corsair ballet at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre. But when he came to Saint-Petersburg, it was Sleeping Beauty that he chose to put on stage; not in the least because he earned the honorary title of Danseur Etoile for playing the part of Prince Désiré in this very same ballet.

Sleeping Beauty premièred in Saint-Petersburg in 1890. And from that point onward, this choreographic masterpiece has been firmly associated with France. The reason behind this, first and foremost, is the original choreography by the renowned Marius Petipa. Inspired by one of Charles Perrot's fairy-tales, he staged his new production in the style of Louis XIV, reminiscent of the Golden Age of classical dance and permeated with the splendour of Versailles.

However, the original ballet has undergone some drastic changes over the years that have passed since the first performance. These include changes in the audience's expectations, the ballet techniques, and the physical shape of the dancers. This is why the show that is being staged today by the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre aims to revive the spectacular production of the past, in a way that would interest the modern public.

The choreographer's main goal has been to avoid turning the ballet into a synthetic art form, and to shift the focus from technical mastery, so that the dance does not become overly acrobatic. Jean-Guillaume Bart treats ballet as storytelling through body language. He believes that the combination of classical choreography and music has its own dynamic, expressive, and narrative capabilities. One good example of such storytelling tools will be the evil fairy Carabosse, who will dance instead of miming (as she did in the 1890 production). This character will be played by two dancers: female (who will portray her as an antipode to the Lilac Fairy) and male.

In addition, the audience is in for a special surprise: a pre-prologue, which will explain the backstory behind Carabosse's hatred, as well as behind many other events described by Perrot and Petipa.



Synopsis
PROLOGUE

The Christening
Scene: a Great Hall in the Palace of King Florestan XIV.
Preparations have all been made for the presentation of the newborn Princess Aurora. Guests from all over the kingdom have been invited to present gifts to the baby, especially the powerful Fairies of the kingdom. Cattalabutte, the King's Chamberlain, makes sure the guest list is correct, and escorts all the arrivals to their proper places at court. The king and queen enter last, of course, and receive the honors of the assemblage.
The Fairies arrive with their entourages, and begin to bestow their gifts upon the Princess. But before the most powerful of those present, the Lilac Fairy, can make her bestowal, a clap of thunder is heard, and a terrified soldier runs in, announcing the arrival of the most powerful Fairy in the whole kingdom, Carabosse. The King demands the guest list and finds that she was not invited! "What is the meaning of this," he demands of Cattalabutte? "Sire, no one has heard from her in a long time, and I thought she was dead, she is so old!"
The King throws down the list in a rage, just as Carabosse's attendants, rats and gnomes, arrive, frightening the guests. She herself arrives, riding in a chariot made from a wheelbarrow, and drawn by rats. She is the ruin of what must have been a glorious and majestic woman, and she is in a fury!
Carabosse attacks Cattalabutte, pulling out his hair and feeding it to her rats, and pronounces her gift. The Princess Aurora will grow to young womanhood, full of charms, beauty and attainments, but one day, she shall prick her finger, and she shall die! The court is horrified, the Queen begs for her daughter's life, but the old woman is adamant. She is about to charge the cradle with her rats, when her way is blocked by the Lilac Fairy.
"Stay away, O Eldest Sister" says the powerful Lilac, "I cannot undo the terrible curse you have laid upon this child, but I can do this - all that you have said will come true, even to her pricking her finger, but she shall not die, but only sleep for a long time, until a noble and handsome man shall come to her out of love, kiss her on the forehead, and then she shall wake."
Carabosse is enraged, appeals to her sister Fairies, who rebuff her; she returns to her chariot and drives off in a cloud of wrath. The King and Queen and the entire court form around the cradle, vowing to protect the Princess Aurora from any further harm.

Act I - The Spell

Time: Twenty years later
Scene: The castle gardens
It is the birthday of the Princess Aurora, and the festivities are well on their way to completion when some women are discovered within the castle precincts carrying knitting and spinning tools. Cattalabutte discovers them, and tries to send them away before the King can discover their presence. The King and Queen enter, discover the women and their contraband, which has been forbidden in the kingdom, and the King flies into a rage, and declares that they must be executed! Four princes, coming from foreign lands to pay homage and court the Princess Aurora, intercede with the King to have mercy, and he relents. The crisis averted, the villagers dance a waltz with garlands they have prepared.
The whole court awaits breathlessly as the Princess Aurora comes to greet her parents and the visitors. She dances with each of the Princes in turn, and charms each of them with her great beauty and accomplished dancing.
The celebrations continue until a mysterious figure shrouded in black appears, offering a gift for the Princess. It is a set of needles! The Princess has never seen such things before, having been protected by her father's decree, and begins to play with them. Before anyone can stop her, she pricks her finger, and begins to feel the effects of the spell take over. She dances dizzily, then collapses. The King and court are horrified; the figure who gave her the needles throws off her cloak and reveals -- Carabosse!
The old woman laughs at the distress of those who had done her wrong; the Princes draw their swords and pursue her, and she disappears into smoke and fire.
As Carabosse vanishes, the Lilac Fairy appears and assures the King and Queen that the Princess has not died, but is only in a deep sleep. "Carry her to her chamber," she commands, "for now it is time for my gift." As the unconscious Aurora is carried up to her bed, the Lilac Fairy turns to the assembled populace in the garden, waves her wand, and the spell begins. The entire kingdom falls into a deep sleep as great vines and leaves grow up about it, shielding it from the eyes of the curious, and the mischief of evildoers. The Lilac Fairy is a revolving dot of pink and lavender in the midst of the thicketty wood as

ACT II

Scene 1 - The Vision Scene: A distant kingdom, the forest
Time: One hundred years later
A hunt arrives at a clearing in the forest, led by Prince Desire'. None of the diversions of his noble friends nor of the friendly villagers can dispel his gloom, and they leave him to his reveries. Just as the moon comes out from behind the clouds, the Lilac Fairy appears and sends the Prince a vision of the sleeping Princess Aurora. The Prince is overcome with her beauty, and asks the Lilac Fairy who she is, and where she can be found. "Behold," she says, "I can make it seem as if she were right here with us!" The Fairy waves her wand, and the forest spirits appear, and suddenly in their midst is the very image of the Princess. She dances with the Prince in the midst of the spirits and then vanishes with them.
The Prince is truly eager to find Aurora for real, and the Lilac Fairy beckons to him to join her in her shell-boat as they voyage the river together to the kingdom of King Florestan.

PANORAMA
As the Lilac Fairy and Prince Desire' glide smoothly down the river, visions of the Castle, the King and Queen, the Fairy Carabosse, and the Princess Aurora herself appear, as the Fairy explains to the Prince what has happened.
Scene 2 - The Awakening
Scene: The Castle
Prince Desire' and the Lilac Fairy come upon the castle garden with all the guests still asleep; they enter the courtyard and discover the servants all asleep at their work; they make their way to the Princess' chamber, which is covered in dust and cobwebs. "There she is," gestures the Fairy. "But what shall I do now," he asks? "Just think a moment," she replies. He does, briefly, then rushes impetuously to her bedside -- and kisses her on the forehead, just as the Fairy had predicted he would.
The King, Queen, and court wake as all the spiderwebs, dust and vines vanish. Prince Desire' asks the King for his daughter's hand in marriage, and he immediately consents!

ACT III

Aurora's Wedding
scene: The Esplanade of Castle Florestan.
All the fairy tale characters from Charles Perrault's stories come to celebrate the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire'.

APOTHEOSIS

The Fairies' Glory -- a grand tableau before a scene of the Versailles gardens, over which Apollo presides.
AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!











Schedule for Pyotr Tchaikovsky "The Sleeping Beauty" (ballet in three acts) 2020


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