MO 03.07.2017, 7.30 PM

The Sleeping Beauty

Choreography by Nacho Duato
Music by Peter I. Tschaikovsky

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Ab 6 Jahren

When she is finally released from an evil spell by the kiss of a young prince, the Sleeping Beauty awakes and is – inspite of a hundred years of sleep– as beautiful as a young woman. The love of the prince is simply stronger than the curse that rests on the haunted princess. The artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin, Nacho Duato, has brought new life to this beloved classic, which itself is over a hundred years old and for which Peter I Tchaikovsky has composed the unforgettable music.

This production demonstrates that Nacho Duato, who to the Berlin public has been so far mainly known for modern choreographies, can also tackle classical ballets with dance en pointe with great success. Nothing in this production is old and dusty, rather the entire choreography looks fresh and is bursting with vitality and brings an air of spring to the stage.

The costumes by Angelina Atlagic deserve likewise admiration as they sparkle on stage like spring buds in morning dew. The stage design, also designed by Atlagic, offers as refined setting for the ballet fairy tale. The decor of this production is highly imaginative and colorful, yet at the same times very elegant and stylish. The superior freshness of the production has yet another reason: For his "Sleeping Beauty" Duato omitted unnecessary ballast and has deleted scenes that do not advance the plot. His focus is mainly on the characters. By doing so, Duato wants to lure people to the ballet who are not (yet) ballet lovers.

Non-experts should be told: The ballet "Sleeping Beauty" follows in its plot the French version by Charles Perrault: At her baptism Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse. On her 16th birthday the curse becomes reality. Aurora pricks herself on a spindle and falls into a hundred-year-long sleep. Finally, Prince Desiré finds the way to Aurora's bed and kisses the princess awake. The inevitable end: a fairytale wedding.

With kind support of Freunde und Förderer des Staatsballetts Berlin e.V.



King Florestan and Queen are celebrating the christening of their daughter, Princess Aurora.

The court is waiting for the appearance of the King and the Queen. Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies, is revising the guest list. The feast begins. The Lilac Fairy, the godmother of the Princess, appears surrounded by good fairies.

Frightened servants herald the arrival of the evil Fairy Carabosse, who hasn’t been invited by mistake of Catalabutte. King and Queen are worried expecting the worst. Enraged Carabosse escorted by her monstrous entourage arrives. How did they dare to forget her? Carabosse willing to revenge predicts that Princess Aurora will become the most beautiful and the smartest of all the princesses but once she will prick her finger with a needle and die.

The Lilac Fairy alleviates the prophecy of Carabosse. Princess Aurora shall not die, as Carabosse wished but will fall in a deep sleep and shall be awakened by a young Prince enchanted by the sleeping beauty.



Princess Aurora has turned sixteen. King and Queen are celebrating her birthday. Noble guests are coming to the palace to seek Aurora’s hand. The princes are introduced to Princess Aurora. She is nice to all of them, ready to dance with everyone but she doesn’t favour any of them. An old lady with a strange thing in her hands attracts Aurora’s attention. The Princess takes the needle from the old lady and starts playing and dancing with it. Suddenly she pricks her finger and falls senseless. The old lady is the Fairy Carabosse. She is triumphant.

The Lilac Fairy alleviates the prophecy of Carabosse: Princess Aurora shall not die but fall asleep for one hundred years. And everybody in the kingdom will fall asleep after her. In one hundred years the Princess will be awakened and the magic condemnation will lose its power.



One hundred years have passed. Prince Desiré, his friends and courtiers are hunting in the forest. Once Prince Desiré is alone, the Lilac Fairy appears. She tells him about the Princess. The Prince is longing to see the Princess in reality.

The Lilac Fairy and Prince Desiré are sailing in a boat to the sleeping castle. A dense forest is around them. The evil Fairy Carabosse and her servants are in the garden. Suddenly they hear the music signifying the appearance of the Lilac Fairy. Carabosse has no might against the Lilac Fairy.

Prince Desiré finds Princess Aurora. When he kisses the sleeping beauty, Aurora awakes.



King Florestan’s palace. The wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desiré is celebrated.

Many guests are coming to congratulate the newlyweds: the fairy-tale characters, fairies and princes. The happy newlyweds are dancing. The Lilac Fairy appears in the palace. All her kind promises have come true!

Learn more: There is a free introduction in German for the audience at the performance venue 45 minutes before each performance, except opening nights, guest performances, and special events. It is prepared and moderated by students of the Free University Berlin as part of the Ballet University program.

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