169 minutes. The Royal Ballet.
Sun., June 12, 2016
The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballets repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, announcing its move from Sadler’s Wells to Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage once again.
Marius Petipa’s classic 19th-century choreography is combined with newly created sections by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. The ballet contains many memorable moments, from the iconic Rose Adagio, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, to the vigorous hunting dances and the famous waltz for Aurora and her Prince. Throughout, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score conveys passion and intensity.
Act I is 1hr 15mins and Act II is 1hr 14mins. There will be a 20 minute intermission.
The Royal Opera House is home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – and since 2006 they have been broadcasting some of the world’s most spectacular and moving opera and ballet performances from Covent Garden London to cinemas around the globe. The 2015/16 Cinema Season is the most ambitious to date with 6 operas and 6 ballets that include new productions, classic revivals, brand new ballets and highly anticipated operatic role debuts.
Seniors & Students: $7
Members & Children < 13: $5
Tickets are non-refundable. General admission seating. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office or online.