Ballet & Dance

première in October 1997
The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography : Marius Petipa
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Revised by Konstantin Sergeyev
Supervised by Oleg Vinogradov
Conductor : David Garforth

April 2005

Friday 29 2:00pm

Saturday 30 3:00pm
Princess Aurora Svetlana Zakharova* Terashima Hiromi
Prince Désiré Andrei Uvarov Denis Matvienko

May 2005

Sunday 1 2:00pm

Monday 2 6:30pm

Tuesday 3 2:00pm

Princess Aurora Svetlana Zakharova* Shiga Misae Matada Kumiko
Prince Désiré Andrei Uvarov Denis Matvienko Yamamoto Ryuji
*Nina Ananiashvili , who is originally to perform the role of Princess Aurora, is unable to perform. Alternatively, Svetlana Zakharova is taking her place. Please refer to New National Theatre News.
Princess Aurora
Svetlana Zakharova*
<Bolshoi Theatre>
Terashima Hiromi
Shiga Misae
Matada Kumiko
Prince Désiré
Andrei Uvarov
<Bolshoi Theatre>
Denis Matvienko
(Season Guest Dancer)
Prince Désiré
Yamamoto Ryuji

Approximate running time : 3 hours, 40 minutes with intermissions

Available from Saturday 19 March, 2005 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999(10:00am-6:00pm)
The Sleeping Beauty was performed in commemoration of the grand opening of the NNTT in October 1997, and its sumptuous and splendid staging adorned the opening of the theatre's first season. For the upcoming season, it will be presented during the Golden Week holiday in May, the season of gentle summer breezes.
Based on Perraultfs widely known fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty is known for being the largest in scale among the three major ballets by Tchaikovsky. It is unparalleled in the variety of music, as well as the large number of characters and the lavish scenery, costumes, music and choreography. It is a masterpiece with dignity and stylistic beauty that makes it deserve to be called the high-water mark of 19th-century Russian ballet which flourished around Petipa.

The stage photograph of the year 2001, Act 1
(Princess Aurora:Shiga Misae))
The curtain rises on the scene of the christening ceremony to celebrate the birth of a princess. As fairies bestow their blessings on Princess Aurora one after another, the wicked fairy Carabosse, who is enraged that she was not invited to the ceremony, places a curse upon Aurora that she will one day prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel and die. And on her 16th birthday, Aurora does indeed do just that and fades away. One hundred years later, when a prince, led by the Lilac Fairy, kisses the sleeping Aurora, the curse is immediately broken and Princess Aurora awakens. A grand wedding ceremony is held for the prince and the princess.

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