Colorado Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

Choreographer: Choreography by Marius Petipa
Additional Choreography by Lorita Travaglia - 2012
Staged by Gil Boggs, Sandra Brown and Lorita Travaglia (2012)
Staged by M. Daukayev, J. Labsan (2005)
Staged by S. Kozadayev, Z. Dubrovskaya, E. Schipiatsky (1993)
Composer: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Years performed: 2012
Act III divertissements - 1990

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov - by Terry Shapiro
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov - by Terry Shapiro

Total run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes two - 20 minute intermissions)


Prologue: The Christening
The guests of King Florestan XIV arrive to celebrate the christening of the infant Princess Aurora.  Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies presides as the Good Fairies, led by the powerful and kind Lilac Fairy, appear to dance for to the young Princess.  The fairies shower Aurora with character traits of Serenity, Vitality, Generosity, Happiness, and Temperament. The celebration is disrupted by the arrival of the malevolent fairy, Carabosse.  She is furious about the negligence of the King and Queen in not inviting her to the christening.  She pronounces that her gift to the child would be the curse of death.  She predicts that when Aurora turns 16, she will prick her finger on a spindle and die.  The King and Queen, along with the Courtiers are horrified, but the Lilac Fairy emerges to reassure them.  Although she cannot reverse the curse of the powerful Carabosse, she promises to modify it.  The Princess will not die but will fall asleep for 100 years and will be awakened from her slumber by the kiss of a handsome Prince.  Carabosse is furious at the interference of the Lilac Fairy and exits in rage.  

Act I: The Spell
It is Aurora’s 16th birthday and the celebration has begun.  Princess Aurora enters to greet her parents.  She is introduced to her four suitors who each present her with a single rose.  At the height of the celebration, the mood darkens as the strange figure of an old woman appears and offers Aurora a bouquet of flowers, in which a spindle is hidden.  As she dances with the bouquet, Aurora pricks her finger and just as the curse predicted, it appears she is going to die.  The horrified King and Queen rush to her as she begins a frantic dance, finally falling to the ground.  The old woman reveals herself as the evil Carabosse.  Aurora’s suitors try to seize her but she escapes. The Lilac Fairy reassures everyone that the Princess is only asleep and then casts her spell on everyone present at the celebration.

Act II: Scene I: The Vision
One hundred years have passed.  The scene opens on a young Prince Desiré and his hunting party who are on a hunt in the woods.  As the party spots their prey they are eager to begin the hunt, the Prince urges them to go on without him.  He finds himself in an enchanted forest, surrounded by the nymphs of the river and forest.  The Lilac Fairy meets him and tells him about the beautiful sleeping Princess.  She conjures up a vision of Aurora.  The Prince is so enraptured with the vision that he begs the Lilac Fairy to help him find her.  On the way through the forest, the Prince and the Lilac Fairy encounter Carabosse who does everything in her power to stop them.  But the goodness of the Lilac Fairy is stronger.  She leads the Prince through the brambles and cobwebs to the Sleeping Princess.  The Prince awakens her with a kiss and the curse is lifted.  The Prince kneels in front of Aurora and asks her hand in marriage.

Act III: The Wedding
It is the wedding of Aurora and Desirè.  The joyous celebration is attended by numerous guests including various fairytale characters and the five jewel fairies who dance in honor of the bride and groom.  Aurora and Desirè then dance together.  The ballet ends with all joining in a rousing Mazurka after which the Lilac Fairy returns to give her blessing as “they all live happily ever after.”


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