The Royal New Zealand Ballet is bringing one of ballet’s most beloved productions to Christchurch.
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away, a beautiful princess was put into an enchanted sleep while she waited for true love’s kiss to awaken her. That tale is brought to life in one of the world’s most famous classical ballets, The Sleeping Beauty. It’s set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous orchestral score and will be performed in Christchurch by the Royal New Zealand Ballet in November.
In the enchanting story, Princess Aurora is growing into a beautiful young woman, protected by everyone who loves her from the evil beyond the castle walls. On her 16th birthday, Aurora’s world is shattered by the malevolent Carabosse, but, saved from certain death by the kindly Lilac Fairy, she and her kingdom are put to sleep for a hundred years.
This magical new production has been choreographed by Australian Danielle Rowe, and highlights include the iconic Rose Adagio in Act I and the spectacular wedding celebration, with the grand pas de deux, in Act III. It spills over with fairies, woodland sprites, handsome princes, and at its heart, an enchanting princess.
Tchaikovsky’s score will be performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, with Principal Conductor Hamish McKeich at the helm.