With music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, the impeccable pedigree of this ballet has been enhanced by the direction and additional choreography of David McAllister, former Principal Artist and now Artistic Director with the company.
But, although the story of a handsome prince rescuing the sleeping princess may seem to be passé, this ballet also underscores the struggle between good (the Lilac Fairy) and evil (Carabosse) and this theme runs throughout, with, of course, the eventual triumph of virtue. The ballet spectacularly culminates in a fabulous masked ball, evoking the sumptuous style of 17th century France, when the two protagonists are married, with everyone destined to live happily ever after.
There are great opportunities for the dancers of the Australian Ballet to display their skills in this and a clever rotation of the leading roles allows each artist to present their own interpretation, ensuring that each performance will be unique.
An added bonus is the creation of 'Once Upon a Time: The Sleeping Beauty', as an introduction to the ballet for children of 4 years and older. This is a live, narrated and interactive version in a child friendly length (60 mins), which will be presented on Tuesday 10th July at 12.30. Aficionados can also participate in the fascinating talks and open classes held in conjunction with the season – for details see the website here.
A visit by the Australian Ballet is always enough to tempt Adelaide's dance lovers out on any cold winter's day or night and this will be no exception – don't miss it. Tickets are available online here.