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Princess Aurora Polina Semionova
Prince Desire Leonid Sarafanov
Lilac Fairy Svetlana Bednenko
Fairy Carabosse Adrian Mitchell

Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov
Libretto by Nacho Duato after Ivan Vsevolozhsky and the fairy tale by Charles Perrault

Choreography: Nacho Duato
Stage Designer, Costume Designer: Angelina Atlagić
Lighting Design: Brad Fields
Assistant to Stage Designer adapting the artistic solutions to technical performance: Oleg Molchanov
Assistants to Stage Designer: Magdalena Vlajić, Branko Cvijić
Costume Technology: Alla Marusina
Choreographers Assistant: Tony Fabre
Répétiteurs: Zhanna Ayupova, Elvira Khabibullina, Kirill Myasnikov, Denis Tolmachov

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Premiere of the production: 16 December 2011

Choreographer Nacho Duato has discovered new meanings, emotional nuances, and graceful imagery in the captivating music of Tchaikovsky and the magical story by Charles Perrault, so familiar to all of us since childhood. Inspired by the choreography of his great predecessor, Marius Petipa, Duato occasionally refers to him, with respect or light irony, without contradicting him. The grandeur of the classical style gets shaken up: it is as if a serious symphony orchestra has suddenly allowed itself some light, jazzy twists.

The ballets designers have created a space on stage which allows the audience to feel as if they are right inside the fairy tale, in the world of the fairies. Set against a background of flowering roses, the ballets characters sometimes resemble birds or butterflies. The wicked fairy, Carabosse, is portrayed as a vampish beauty, faithfully served by wily cockroaches with shining backs. In the finale, though, the evil spells are undone, and kindness and love win out. In our time, adults, too, need fairy tales. They help us to return to something important and personal: the child within us. The production team are sure that this is true, and audiences gladly share their view.


King Florestan and Queen are celebrating the christening oftheir daughter, Princess Aurora.
The court iswaiting for the appearance ofthe King and the Queen. Catalabutte, the Master ofCeremonies, isrevising the guest list. The feast begins. The Lilac Fairy, the godmother of the Princess, appears surrounded bygood fairies.
Frightened servants herald the arrival ofthe evil Fairy Carabosse, who hasn’t been invited by mistake ofCatalabutte. King and Queen are worried expecting the worst.
Enraged Carabosse escorted byher monstrous entourage arrives. How did they dare toforget her? Carabosse willing torevenge predicts that Princess Aurora will become the most beautiful and the smartest ofall the princesses but once she will prick her finger with aneedle and die.
The Lilac Fairy alleviates the prophecy ofCarabosse. Princess Aurora shall not die, as Carabosse wished but will fall inadeep sleep and shall beawakened byayoung Prince enchanted bythe sleeping beauty.

Act I

Princess Aurora has turned sixteen. King and Queen are celebrating her birthday. Noble guests are coming tothe palace toseek Aurora’s hand. The princes are introduced toPrincess Aurora. She isnice toall ofthem, ready todance with everyone but she doesn’t favour any of them. Anold lady with astrange thing inher hands attracts Aurora’s attention. The Princess takes the needle from the old lady and starts playing and dancing withit. Suddenly she pricks her finger and falls senseless. The old lady isthe Fairy Carabosse. She istriumphant.
The Lilac Fairy alleviates the prophecy ofCarabosse : Princess Aurora shall not die but fall asleep for one hundred years. And everybody inthe kingdom will fall asleep after her. Inone hundred years the Princess will beawakened and the magic condemnation will lose its power.

Act II

One hundred years has passed. Prince Désiré, his friends and courtiers are hunting inthe forest. Once Prince Désiré isalone, the Lilac Fairy appears. She tells him about the Princess. The Prince islonging tosee the Princess in
The Lilac Fairy and Prince Désiré are sailing inaboat tothe sleeping castle. Adense forest is around them. Τhe evil Fairy Carabosse and her servants are inthe garden. Suddenly they hear the music signifying the appearance ofthe Lilac Fairy. Carabosse has nomight against the Lilac Fairy.
Prince Désiré finds Princess Aurora. When hekisses the sleeping beauty, Aurora awakes.


King Florestan’s palace. The wedding ofPrincess Aurora and Prince Désiré iscelebrated.
Many guests are coming tocongratulate the newlyweds: the fairy-tale characters, fairies and princes. The happy newlyweds are dancing. The Lilac Fairy appears inthe palace. All her kind promises have come true!


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