Project description

The most sumptuous ballet, almost “The Ballet”: at its debut in St. Petersburg in 1890 (with the Italian Carlotta Brianza on stage in the role of Aurora).

The Sleeping Beauty witnesses the development of an exemplary collaboration between choreographer (Petipa), composer (Tchaikovsky) and the director of the Imperial Theatres Vsevolozhsky, who also created the costumes, to reveal to the eyes of the aristocracy of St. Petersburg the gilded and fabulous grandeur of the court of the Sun King.

Alexei Ratmansky, who has made the revival of the classics one of the cornerstones of his tireless creative work, had long waited to choreograph this ballet: For him, Tchaikovsky’s complex score and Petipa’s choreography are the quintessence of the harmony and magic of classical dance and the highest achievement of Russian classical art.

His new project will be revealed in 2015, with scenery and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson, based on the historic work of Léon Bakst for the legendary production of The Sleeping Beauty for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1921.