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Total duration 2 h 25 min
1 intermission (25 min)
9 performances
24.8.2018 – 15.9.2018
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €

A fairy tale ballet for princes and princesses of all ages

Prinsessa Ruusunen

The family favourite returns to the repertoire

Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beloved ballets of all time. The familiar story about the bewitched princess Aurora, the good and evil fairies, and the adventurous prince truly comes into its own as a ballet. The stunning costumes and sets evoke a richly colourful fairy-tale world, which will enthrall the entire audience from young children to adults. Sleeping Beauty is an ideal first experience of ballet for a child.

Recommended for children over the age of 4.

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Sleeping Beauty

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Creative team

Music
Pjotr Tšaikovski
Conductor
Pietro Rizzo
Sets
Minna Wallenius
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lighting design
Eric Loustau-Carrere
Make-up design
Tuija Luukkainen

Cast

Aurora
Yimeng Sun
Rebecca King
Carabosse, lady, volante, the fairy of courage
Carabosse, man
Gianmarco Romano
Grazia, the fairy of joy and beauty
Sara Saviola
Golden deer
Benoît Favre

Synopsis

The birth of Princess Aurora is celebrated at the court of a faraway kingdom. Three fairies have been invited to be godmothers: Volante, the fairy of courage, Grazia, the fairy of joy, and Syrene, the fairy of love. As the fairies are giving their christening gifts to the princess, the fairy of fear, Carabosse, barges in. The King and Queen have forgotten to invite her. The enraged Carabosse bestows a curse upon the Princess: one day she will prick her finger on a rose thorn and die! Syrene is yet to give her gift, however, and utters a counterspell. The Princess won’t die, but she’ll fall asleep for a hundred years and finally awake to the kiss of a prince.

The Princess celebrates her 16th birthday. She meets four princes who have come to ask for her hand in marriage. An elderly woman also appears and gives her a rose. The court is horrified, but there is no time to take the rose off the Princess before she pricks her finger on it. The old woman is revealed as Carabosse, and the princess falls asleep.

A hundred years later, Prince Desiré is out hunting, and a golden deer leads him to Syrene. Syrene tells the Prince about Aurora and shows him the way to the castle where he has to fight Carabosse. In the end, the Prince finds Aurora and she and her court are awakened by his kiss.

Aurora and Desiré’s wedding is attended by a multitude of fairy tale characters, from Little Red Riding Hood to Puss in Boots and the Blue Bird. Love has conquered the entire count.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

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Prinsessa Ruusunen

“To me, the entire story of Sleeping Beauty takes place in Princess Aurora’s heart. That means all the characters are her feelings personified, particularly Syrene, the fairy of love and Carabosse, the fairy of fear.”

– Choreographer Javier Torres

Prinsessa Ruusunen

A timeless ballet classic

Sleeping Beauty was first performed as a ballet in St. Petersburg in 1890. It is no wonder that it has maintained its popularity until today. The enchanting score is by Peter Tchaikovsky, the composer of two other iconic ballets, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Javier Torres’s joyful revision for the Finnish National Ballet is partly based on Marius Petipa’s original choreography.

Prinsessa Ruusunen

Awakened by a kiss of love

According to choreographer Javier Torres, Sleeping Beauty is essentially about love and fear. “Princess Aurora is fighting a battle between love and fear. She is finally saved as she gives in to love.”

Performances and tickets

2 h 25 min
1 intermission (25 min)
9 performances
24.8.2018 – 15.9.2018
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Fri 24.8.2018
at 19:00
Sat 25.8.2018
at 19:00
Thu 30.8.2018
at 19:00
Sat 1.9.2018
at 14:00
Sat 1.9.2018
at 18:00
Thu 6.9.2018
at 19:00
Sat 8.9.2018
at 19:00
Sat 15.9.2018
at 14:00
Sat 15.9.2018
at 18:00