FOR A KISS
The story of the slumbering princess goes back several centuries and went through numerous versions before Perrault was inspired by an Italian tale to write what would become the Sleeping Beauty that we know today. The day of her christening, an infant princess receives a curse from the fairy Carabosse, whom no one invited to the fete; the fairy wishes for Aurora to prick her finger and die on the day of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, another fairy succeeds in easing the princess’ plight by having her fall instead into a deep sleep of 100 years. Only true love’s kiss will awaken her.
On Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music, Les Grands Ballets visit Marius Petipa’s classical ballet. While a rotating cast of characters unfold the story we all know, the Manichaean conflict between Good, the Lilac Fairy, and Evil, Carabosse, persists until the very end.