Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Sleeping Beauty

ballet-extravaganza in two acts with prologue and epilogue

Age 6+

Dates

Libretto: Marius Petipa, People’s Artist of the USSR and Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Elizariev, based on fairy tales by Charles Perrault
Choreography: Marius Petipa, People’s Artist of the USSR and Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Elizariev
Staging: People’s Artist of the USSR and Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Elizariev
Designer: People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Vyacheslav Okunev
Musical director: Honoured Art Worker of the Republic of Belarus Medal Nikolai Koliadko
Conductors: Aleh Lessoun, recipient of the Francysk Skaryna Medal Andrei Galanov
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one interval
Premiere: 6 June 2001

6

Prologue

The Palace of the fairy-tale king Florestan. The King celebrates the birth of his daughter Aurora.
The Courtiers surround the cradle of the newborn baby. Kind fairies have brought her their gifts and blessings. The Master of Ceremonies Calabut runs into the Palace (the wicked fairy Caraboss is approaching the Palace. She was not invited to the party, but she decided to come)
The King and the Queen are trying to propitiate the spiteful old woman. She foretells Aurora that at the age of sixteen she will hurt her finger and die.
The King and the Queen are in despair. Fairy Lilac comforts them: she takes Aurora under her protection and drives Caraboss and her companions out of the palace. The King issues a strict order, prohibiting to use needles safety-pins and knitting needles in the whole kingdom.

ACT 1

A splendid ball takes place in the Royal Palace: Aurora turns sixteen. From all over the kingdom bridegrooms come to compete for the hand of the beautiful princess.
When the party is in full swing there comes an old woman. She brings Aurora a luxurious bouquet of flowers. Admiring the flowers, Aurora is happily dancing around with them. Suddenly she stops, she has pricked her finger: a knitting needle is hidden in the bouquet. Aurora falls unconscious.
The old woman throws off her cloak: everybody recognize the wicked fairy Caraboss.
Fairy Lilac appears. At the sweep of her magic truncheon all the kingdom falls asleep. Thick bushes of lilac grow up all over.

ACT 2

1 Scene
One hundred years has passed. Prince Desiree goes hunting in the woods. Fairy Lilacs calls a vision of beautiful Aurora. The Prince recognizes in her the one he has seen in his daydreams.

2 Scene
The Palace of the king Florestan is in deep sleep. Awake are only Caraboss and her faithful servants.
Unexpectedly appears fairy Lilac.
Prince Desiree gets into the palace. Bending over the sleeping beauty he kisses her tenderly. From this kiss Aurora awakes. Everything around awakes too. The King and the Queen are glad to embrace their beloved daughter. Desiree asks for the hand of beautiful Aurora and receives consent.

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