The story of Sleeping Beauty is widely known by every generation.‚ Most forget however that the popular Disney movie with all of its singing squirrels and flying fairies was preceded by the popular ballet of the same name that has captivated audiences for over a century.
Charles Perrault first published the traditional fairytale of Sleeping Beauty in 1697.‚ In 1890 Sleeping Beauty was preformed as a ballet in St. Petersburg to a score by Pytor Tchaikovsky with choreography by Marius Petipa. It would come to be known as Tchaikovsky’s first major success in ballet composition and the choreography was held as a standard for composers to come.
A cross between exquisite solos and elaborate party scenes Sleeping Beauty has every element of a fairytale ballet.‚ There is the evil witch with her menacing accomplices, good fairies, prince charming, and a blonde princess. Over the 100-year span it covers birth, death, marriage and everything in-between.‚ The ballet becomes more than just a story of love and spinning wheels, but a narrative carefully told through movement, expression and music.‚ With the single flick of a finger a ballerina may express what had taken a song in any cartoon version.
With updated scores by Jonathan McPhee, Boston Ballet Musical Director, and choreography by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen The Sleeping Beauty never gets old at the Boston Ballet.‚ Running at the Wang Theater from April 23, 2009 to May 3, 2009, The Sleeping Beauty promises to revisit old memories and create new ones.