The Royal Ballet rehearse The Sleeping Beauty

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Join The Royal Ballet as they rehearse fairytale classic The Sleeping Beauty, live from London.

This stream is supported by Rolex and the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in 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 by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.

The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of gems in the ballet repertory – from the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, and the lilting Garland Waltz to the Vision Pas de deux, as Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.

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22 thoughts on “The Royal Ballet rehearse The Sleeping Beauty”

  1. Fumi did a fantastic job last night. We could detect the anxiety in Darcey Bussell's voice at the start of the broadcast, and her sense of pride and relief at the end. The elderly lady that I took to the live transmission, who has spent a lifetime going to ballet in London and Paris, had tears in her eyes.
    Fumi was already someone we admired, she took the time to speak with my wife at a rehearsal, which she didn't need to do. After last night's dazzling Aurora she will always be on our list when we look for tickets.

  2. That Carabouse piece was AMAZING! . I suddenly got an intense feeling that that is how bad/ evil,/narcissistic people perceive the world.. Distorted and confusing, which makes them angrier and more intent on hurting others. Quite scary…

  3. Пожалуйста, оставьте миру классический балет. И не оскорбляйте эту красоту современной интерпретацией.

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