Experience the beloved fairytale of good versus evil and a love that spans a hundred years in Cynthia Harvey’s glorious production of The Sleeping Beauty! With glittering tutus, magical fairies, romantic pas de deux and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, the stage comes to life as the charming Prince Désiré awakens Princess Aurora with true love’s kiss from the evil fairy Carabosse’s wicked spell. Considered ‘the most perfect of all classical ballets’, this celebrated classic’s radiant world of romance, wonder and grandeur will sweep you off your feet and leave the entire family spellbound!
Original Choreography: Marius Petipa
Production: Cynthia Harvey
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design: Mark Bailey
Lighting Design: Billy Chan
Live Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor: Yip Wing-sie
Cynthia Harvey is the current Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School and a former Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet. She has guest performed with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and numerous other companies worldwide.
In addition to teaching, Harvey is co-author of Physics of Dance & the Pas de Deux. She re-staged The Sleeping Beauty and created her own Giselle, The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, as well as Don Quixote. Harvey has been president of The Prix de Lausanne jury and is an International Dance Council member.
Once upon a time, in a magical Kingdom, a Princess named Aurora was born to a wonderful King and Queen. The Kingdom’s Good Fairy, the Lilac Fairy, along with her attendants and other fairies were invited to celebrate Princess Aurora’s birth and bestow their gifts upon her. In their excitement, the royal family forgot to invite the fairy, Carabosse. Although Carabosse was distraught and insulted by their neglect, she and her party arrived anyway, but with wicked intentions. Evil overtakes Carabosse and she casts a spell over Princess Aurora, saying that on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger and die. Quick to save the Princess, the Lilac Fairy counters Carabosse with another spell. The Princess will only fall asleep instead of dying, after pricking her finger, and the spell can only be broken by a kiss from a handsome Prince.
Sixteen years later, the royal family prepares to celebrate Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday. Since Aurora was born, the King had ordered that all sharp objects be kept out of the kingdom so she could not hurt herself. The rules are broken, however, on the night of her party. During the celebration, Carabosse disguises herself and presents Princess Aurora with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Enchanted by their beauty, Princess Aurora grabs the flowers and pricks her finger on a needle that Carabosse secretly hid. Carabosse laughs in victory. The Lilac Fairy appears and reminds everyone of the spell she cast before. She makes sure the Princess falls asleep. She then casts a spell on the entire kingdom, putting everyone to sleep to ensure their safety.
One hundred years later in a forest, a Prince by the name of Prince Désiré goes hunting with his friends. He sends his friends away, insisting on being alone. The Lilac Fairy hears the commotion, venturing towards the Prince. He tells the Fairy that he feels lonely and wants to be in love. The Fairy has the perfect idea; she presents an image of Princess Aurora to him and he instantly falls in love with her.
The Fairy leads the Prince to the castle to rescue Aurora, knowing his love will put an end to the evil curse. She leads him to where the Princess lies asleep. Carabosse appears, attempting to prevent the Prince from passing and finding Aurora. The Prince tries to overpower Carabosse. Reminded of the only way to break the spell, he finds Aurora and kisses her. The spell is broken and Carabosse is defeated.
The castle is filled with music as the family prepares for the wedding celebration with the Princess’ family and guests. Like every great fairytale, they seal their marriage with a kiss, and live happily ever after.