The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

A Ballet in a Prologe and Three Acts.
Music: Peter Ilyich Chaikovsky


A Room inside the Palace.
King Florestan and his Queen are celebrating the christening of their daughter, Princess Aurora. the celebrations are suddenly interrupted and Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies responsible for compiling the guest list, realizes that he has neglected to invite the Fairy Carabosse. Carabosse appears with her entourage and swears that she will be avenged on them all, predicting that one day Aurora will prick her finger and die. The Lilac Fairy appears and revokes the curse, promising that Aurora will not die but only fall asleep, to be awakened by a prince’s kiss after a hundred years. For fear of Aurora coming to any harm, King Florestan declares that, on pain of death, no sharp needles are ever to be allowed at court.

Act One.

The Palace Gardens.
The villagers are celebrating Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday with garlands and baskets of flowers. At the birthday celebrations, four princes seek her hand in marriage, and she dances with each of them. At the height of the celebrations, Carabosse, disguised as an old woman, gives Aurora a spindle. The Princess dances with the spindle and, pricking her finger, collapses as Carabosse reveals her true identity. Once more the Lilac Fairy appears, and as the Princess is carried outdoors, casts a spell of sleep over the whole court.

Act Two.

The Forest.
One hundred years later, Prince Desire` and his courtiers are out hunting. Suddenly the Prince becomes melancholy, and sends his retinue to follow the hunt so that he may be alone. The Lilac Fairy appears, and shows him a vision of the Princess Aurora. Then, directed by the Lilac Fairy, the Prince journeys through the forest to King Florestan’s palace. There he finds Aurora asleep, and awakens her with a kiss. The whole court comes to life, and the King and Queen approve the betrothal of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire`.

Act Three.

The Palace Ballroom.
The court celebrates the wedding of the Prince and Princess with a great ball. The fairy-tale characters including Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, the Bluebird and the Princess Florina, Puss in Boots and the Cat also come to pay their respects with special dances. Finally, the Prince and Princess dance together, and in a final celebration are joined by the whole court.