Royal Classical Ballet
Ballet in two acts.
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes with one intermission
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa after stories by Charles Perrault
Choreography: Marius Petipa
The first night of the Sleeping Beauty was in 1899 at the Mariinsky Theater. The staging of the tale of Charles Perrot by Marius Petipa was one of the most expensive productions of that time. It cost 42 thousand pre-revolutionary rubles (a quarter of the annual budget of theaters of St. Petersburg). The partnership of the brilliant French choreographer and the Russian composer brought to life a masterpiece of ballet art that has not lost its popularity for 120 years. The music of P.I. Tchaikovsky does not simply accompany the dance, it describes the inner world of each character, conveys the main conflict, the struggle of light and dark.
The Sleeping Beauty ballet is like a symphony, each act is a full-fledged independent work of art. The show is so vivid that you won’t notice the time fly by. The gilded palace, the blooming garden, dark woods – bright sets follow one another. All sorts of fairy tale characters, fairies, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Blue Bird, appear on stage. The spectacle is crowned with a big wedding adagio, glorifying the victory of love.
This ballet is a real gift for aesthetes who want to enjoy the beauty of the lines and the magic of classical dance.