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FR 13.02.2015, 7.30 PM

The Sleeping Beauty

Choreography by Nacho Duato
Music by Peter I. Tschaikovsky

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With "Sleeping Beauty", Peter I. Tschaikowsky has created one of the most beautiful pieces in ballet history. It was devised in a unique collaboration with Marius Petipa and most probably belongs to the most treasured classics of all. Nacho Duato retells this beloved fairytale in his very own style as he translates the magical spirit of this famous ballet into truly enchanting images. Duato’s unique style of choreography, also visible in classical ballet, captivates the audience up to the very last minute with humor and a musicality. Nacho Duato’s version of "Sleeping Beauty" premiered at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 2011. The Staatsballett premiere is on February 13th, 2015

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

PROLOGUE

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.

 

ACT ONE

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.

 

ACT TWO

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.

 

ACT THREE

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!

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