THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Sponsored by Bank of Scotland
Conceived by Ashley Page and Antony McDonald
Choreography*: Ashley Page
Music: Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Designs: Antony McDonald
Lighting: Peter Mumford
*Featuring original choreography by Marius Petipa
This Christmas Scottish Ballet offers audiences the opportunity to fall in love all over again with its most delectably decadent festive production, The Sleeping Beauty, sponsored by Bank of Scotland. Scotland’s award-winning national dance company will be casting a magical spell in theatres across Scotland, Northern Ireland (Belfast) and Wales (Cardiff) as this ’must see’ production adds a little sparkle to the winter months.
Conceived by Artistic Director Ashley Page and designer Antony McDonald, the creative team behind Scottish Ballet’s hugely successful productions of The Nutcracker (2003) and Cinderella (2005), The Sleeping Beauty is the third of a trilogy of ballets with a fairytale theme, re-imagined with fresh relevance for a contemporary audience, and is presented with the delicious twists, devilish wit and stunning visuals synonymous with their creative partnership.
"Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who were grieved, more grieved than words can tell, because they had no children. They tried the waters of every country, made vows and pilgrimages, and did everything that could be done, but without result. At last, however, the queen found that her wishes were fulfilled, and in due course she gave birth to a daughter."
Charles Perrault; La Belle au Bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood)
Princess Aurora is born into an enchanted world where mortal members of Europe’s sovereign court mingle with the celestial beings of the forest. While at the Royal baby’s christening, each of the kingdom’s fairies gift the child a number of virtues including truth, grace, beauty, intelligence and kindness.
A jealous fairy, fallen from grace watches on, enraged that she was not invited to join the celebrations, and casts the ultimate curse, that Aurora will, on her 16th birthday, prick her finger and die. Countering the spell, the Lilac Fairy declares that a profound slumber for 100 years can save the innocent child, until she is woken by a truelove kiss.
Featuring sections of the original choreography by Marius Petipa, Scottish Ballet’s new version unfolds through the kaleidoscopic perspective of over one hundred years. The Sleeping Beauty showcases a spectrum of fashions, from the simple elegance of 1830s Regency style and the opulent glamour of neo-gothic Victorian dress, through to the austere silhouette of 1940s post-war Europe, with Antony McDonald’s artistic vision rendering them by turns graceful, stylish and outrageous. The stunning sets create whole new worlds of magic and mystery, from the King and Queen’s beautiful garden to the enchanted forest through which the Prince travels to find his true love.
Scottish Ballet dancers will be accompanied by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra, bringing to life the musical motifs full of exquisite poetic images in Tchaikovsky’s soaring and passionate composition.
Speaking on how Tchaikovsky’s score inspired him to retell the story of The Sleeping Beauty, Page comments, “Part of the reason for re-conceiving the ballet is to listen to the music with fresh ears and illuminate things that I think, perhaps, haven’t been illuminated before. This can be anything from subtle little details of the rhythmic structure happening underneath the melody to larger-scale links and references.”
The Sleeping Beauty is sponsored by Bank of Scotland who have enjoyed a successful partnership with Scottish Ballet for over 20 years. Sarah Cran, Head of Sponsorship at HBOS said: "We are delighted to continue with our support of The Sleeping Beauty following its tremendous success last year. Our funding not only supports the production but also enables Scottish Ballet’s education team to engage with over 3,000 young people across Scotland during the tour".
DID YOU KNOW?
The Sleeping Beauty was first choreographed by Marius Petipa, Ballet master of the Imperial Ballet, Russia in 1890, and is based on the 1697 classic story by fairy-tale forefather Charles Perrault.
This new version of the tale from Company Artistic Director, Ashley Page sees Princess Aurora awakening in 1946, itself a tribute to the seminal post-war production that re-opened the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden following the Second World War. The production was danced by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (who were later to become Royal Ballet) with Margot Fonteyn in the role of Aurora.
There are 5 leading casts that tour this production, with a Company of 42 dancers, 67 members of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, 2 conductors, 13 full-time members of Scottish Ballet staff (Artistic, Technical, Wardrobe, Stage Management and a masseur) and 7 temporary members of staff , The Sleeping Beauty tour will see over 130 people on the road!
The Company uses an estimated 1,170 pairs of ballet shoes in both the rehearsal and performance period of a full length ballet.
Each tutu alone requires up to 40 hours of work and in excess of 10 metres of net, and with over 8000 individually hand applied sequins, 299 different fabrics and over 200 costumes being made for the production - it’s no wonder that skilled shoe and costume makers throughout Europe were sought to help create the magic of what is sure to be this year’s most decadent festive production.
Scottish Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty is sprinkled with fairy tale references … see if you can spot your favourite characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White!
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THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW
282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA
6–27 Dec 2008
6, 10–13, 16–20, 23 and 27 Dec at 7.30pm; 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 24 and
27 Dec at 2pm
Family tickets (group of four, max two adults. Stalls and Upper Circle only): Tue–Thu 7.30pm; £59, Fri and Sat 7.30pm; £75
Audio described performances Fri 12 at 6pm and Sat 13 Dec at
12.30pm, preceded by a touch tour.
Family Insight Sat 6 Dec at 11am. (£5 ticket / £3 concession / £12 family of 4)
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Sat 6 and Thu 18 Dec at 6.30pm, and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 12 Dec, 6.30pm. Please call the Box Office to reserve tickets.
Box Office 0870 060 6647 (bkg fee)
Book Online www.theatreroyalglasgow.com (bkg fee)
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT
7–10 Jan 2009
7–10 Jan at 7.30pm; 8 and 10 Jan at 2pm
Tickets Evenings and Sat matinee £10–£35, Thu matinee £8–£28
Family tickets (group of four, max two adults); Evenings and Sat matinee Stalls £92, Dress Circle £102, Thu matinee – Stalls £72, Dress Circle £82
Audio described performance Sat 10 Jan at 2pm, preceded by a touch tour
Family insight Sat 10 Jan at 11am. (£5 ticket / £3 concession / £12 family of 4)
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Thu 8 Jan at 6.30pm and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 9 Jan at 6.30pm. Please call the Box Office to reserve tickets.
Box Office 0131 529 6000 (bkg fee)
Book Online www.eft.co.uk
EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS
Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
14–17 Jan 2009
14–17 Jan at 7.30pm; 15 and 17 Jan at 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 17 Jan at 2pm preceded by a touch tour.
Family Insight Sat 17 Jan at 11am. (£5 ticket / £3 concession / £12 family of 4)
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Thu 15 Jan at 6.30pm and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 16 Jan at 6.30pm. Please call the Box Office to reserve tickets.
Box Office 01463 234 234
Book Online www.eden-court.co.uk (from September 2008)
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
21 – 24 January 2009
Tickets £15 - £35 (£2 transaction fee per booking)
Audio described performance Sat 24 January at 2pm, preceded by a touch tour
Under 26 Deal selected seats £10 (21 Jan only)
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Thur 22 Jan at 6.30pm and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 22 Jan at 6.30pm. Please call the box office to reserve tickets.
Family Insight Saturday 24 January 11am (£4 per person)
Box Office 08700 40 2000
Book Online www.wmc.org.uk
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN
Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GL
28–31 Jan 2009
28–31 Jan at 7.30pm; 29 and 31 Jan at 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 31 Jan at 2pm preceded by a touch tour.
Family Insight Sat 31 Jan at 11am. (£5 ticket / £3 concession / £12 family of 4)
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Thu 29 Jan at 6.30pm, and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 30 Jan at 6.30pm. Please call the Box Office to reserve tickets.
Box Office 01224 641122 (bkg fee)
Book Online www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST
Great Victora Street, Belfast BT2 7HR
4–7 Feb 2009
4–7 Feb at 7.30pm; 5 and 7 Feb at 2pm
Tickets £8–£34.75 (Cost includes Development Donation)
Audio described performance Thu 5 Feb at 7.30pm preceded by a touch tour.
Insight Thu 5 Feb at 11am. Tickets £5
Free pre-show talks with Artistic Director Ashley Page on Thu 5 Feb at 6.30pm, and with Resident Conductor Richard Honner on Fri 6 Feb at 6.30pm. Please call the Box Office to reserve tickets.
Box Office 028 90 24 19 19
Book Online www.goh.co.uk
Concessions and group discounts available at all theatres, please call
their box office for more information.
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