Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale ballet »The Sleeping Beauty« premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1890, and has been considered one of the most challenging action ballets up to now. In 2007, Aaron S.

Ballett in one prologue and three acts after Marius Petipa. Adapted by Marcelo Gomes.

Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Premiere
28. June 2007

Dates & Cast

09
Fri
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

11
Sun
February 2024
6 pm
Event is in the past
6 pm – 9 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

16
Fri
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

25
Sun
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

27
Tue
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

28
Wed
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

29
Thu
February 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

03
Sun
March 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

10
Sun
March 2024
2 pm
Event is in the past
2 pm – 5 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

14
Thu
March 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

16
Sat
March 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

17
Sun
March 2024
2 pm
Event is in the past
2 pm – 5 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

21
Thu
March 2024
7 pm
Event is in the past
7 pm – 10 pm
Two intermissions
Venue
Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

In cooperation with the Palucca University of Dance Dresden

In brief

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale ballet »The Sleeping Beauty« premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1890, and has been considered one of the most challenging action ballets up to now. In 2007, Aaron S. Watkin staged this famous story in the tradition of Marius Petipa’s legendary choreography. For its revival in the 2023/24 season, Marcelo Gomes stages an adaptation of this classic, by adding some nuances of his own individual aesthetic style, and drawing on the essence of the popular fairy-tale: Princess Aurora's development from a child to a young woman. This includes the royal baptism in the circle of the good fairies, interrupted by demoniac fairy Carabosse, the attenuated fulfilment of her curse in the form of a hundred-year slumber and Aurora’s final reawakening after a prince’s kiss.

Storyline

Prologue: At the court
After waiting for a child for a long time, King Heinrich’s wife, Queen Katharina, has given birth to a baby, who is to be named Aurora. To celebrate her baptism, the royal couple has invited (almost) all the fairies of their kingdom to bestow the most precious gifts on the girl. However, their blessings are rudely interrupted by an unexpected guest – the fairy Carabosse. Enraged at having been excluded from the festivities, she casts a devastating curse on Aurora: »On her 16th birthday, the princess shall prick herself on a spindle and die!« Fortunately, the Lilac Fairy, who has not blessed Aurora yet, manages to mitigate this fatal curse by turning it into a long and deep period of sleep. This spell is to include the entire court and can only be broken by the sincere love for Aurora by a prince.

Act 1: In the courtyard garden–about 16 years later
The court is pompously celebrating Aurora’s 16th birthday in the palace garden, and numerous guests have come. Although King Henry has banned all spinning tools from his kingdom, the evil fairy gains access to the royal garden party in disguise – and manages to sneak a spindle among the crowd… Thus, the unavoidable happens: Aurora stabs herself on the spindle, followed by Carabosse revealing herself. Nevertheless, the Lilac Fairy’s promise is stronger: when the court party sets off in a great procession to lay Aurora out, the second part of the spell is also fulfilled as all the people gradually fall into a deep slumber. The castle grounds are soon overgrown by a dense rose hedge, whose sharp thorns are not to let anyone enter the castle in the coming decades...

Act 2: In the charmed forest–99 years later
By now, everyone knows the legend of the Sleeping Beauty in a forest, including Florimund, a prince from a neighbouring kingdom. One day, while out hunting, he comes unsuspectingly close to the enchanted castle. As Carabosse fears he might thwart her plans, she appears to him as a seductive huntress to distract and trap him. When he falls asleep at night, exhausted, the Lilac Fairy sends him into Aurora’s dreams where he finds her surrounded by nymphs. This vision encourages the prince and renews his hope of finding his beloved, so that he continues his search – secretly guided by Aurora’s godmother.

On his journey to find his destined princess, Florimund has to pass several trials and overcome malevolent obstacles until he reaches his goal – precisely 100 years after the fairies’ spells had come into effect. Spurred on by his love for Aurora, the prince weakens Carabosse’s magic powers and is able to step through the thorn hedge. In the end, Florimund fulfils the Lilac Fairy’s promise by awakening the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss, after which they mutually declare their eternal love for each other. This sincere affection finally causes the mitigated curse to be broken as the evil fairy loses her magic power. 

Act 3: At court
Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund have married and swear eternal allegiance to their now united kingdoms. Heinrich and Katharina bless the couple. The Lilac Fairy, and further special guests of honour, are invited to pay homage to the young lovers.