What Sleeping Beauty is about

Hello and welcome back,

I hope you have enjoyed the last post about the story of Swan Lake. Sleeping Beauty is another wonderful ballet, however, it”s not as popular. I think people who have seen it appreciate the dance and the story behind it.

Sleeping Beauty which literally translates as “Beauty sleeping in the woods” was first performed in 1890. The music was written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The original choreographer was the brilliant Marius Petipa. The premiere of the fine ballet was performed in Mariinsky Theate in St. Petersburg. You will be surprised to know that Sleeping Beauty received a lot more applauds than Swan Lake. If you read our post about Swan Lake story  you would already know that Swan Lake was not well received at its premiere.  Sadly, Tchaikovsky passed away in 1893 as Sleeping Beauty became an instant success outside of Russia.

The story of Sleeping Beauty in my words.

The ballet opens us with the christening of Princess Aurora. When the party is in full swing the six fairies arrive to present their gifts for their goddaughter, the princess. The first five fairies give her gifts of honesty, beauty, prosperity, song and generosity. Suddenly the evil fairy Carabosse turns up without the invitation.

Of course the evil witch is angry that she has not been invited. As she is a horrible fairy (no wonder the King and the Queen didn”t invite her) her gift to princess Aurora is a curse. She will become the most beautiful princess in the world, but, having reached the age of sixteen, she will die from pricking her finger on a knitting needle. Fortunately, one of the fairies soften the spell – “Yes, you will fall asleep, sweet Aurora, but not forever. You”ll sleep a hundred years and you will be awakened by the kiss from Prince Charming.”

Sixteen years pass on and Princess Aurora is a beautiful young lady. There is a celebration in the castle to mark Aurora which opens up with a waltz. As always everyone is having a great time, dancing and celebrating.

An old woman gives Aurora a bouquet of roses, she accepts it and brings it with her in the dance.Generelt om Maria CasinoMaria casino pa nett er et friskt nettcasino som tilbyr sine kunder ekte casinounderholdning i toppklassen, og her finner vi spill fra flere sentrale aktorer. Suddenly her spinning stops. She looks at her hand, horrified to see blood. There was a needle hidden in the flowers!  The old woman drops her cloak and reveals herself as the evil Fairy Carabosse.

The Lilac Fairy (who soften the spell) tries to calm down the King and the Queen. She explains-  “In exactly a hundred years a handsome, loving prince will awaken her with his kiss.”  The Sleeping Princess, accompanied by the royal couple and court entourage, moves into the palace.

After one hundred years pass there is a Prince hunting animals in a nearby forest. Members of his court are looking out for the most beautiful girls in the country for their master, Prince Desire. So you probably guessed that the Fairy appears and tells the Prince of the beautiful Princess Aurora. The Prince is intrigued and immediately falls in love. After Prince finds Aurora, he rushes to the sleeping beauty and kisses her. Aurora wakes up, and with her the entire castle becomes alive. The Prince asks the Kind and the Queen of the Princess”s hand.

The magnificent wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré takes place.The kingdom is gathered in celebration. Amongst the many guest are all our beloved fairy tale characters; Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Puss in Boots and White Cat, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Cannibal.

Aurora and Désiré are given gifts of diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver from the fairies. And of course, the Lilac Fairy is there as a symbol of the triumphant force of good.

THE END.

What a lovely story.  While I was writing this post I started to feel romantic and happy. If you have never seen Sleeping Beauty ballet you can come to any of our shows and I promise you, you will have a fantastic evening.

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We hope to see you at one of our shows this Autumn.