the sleeping beauty

Guest Company - American Ballet Theatre

Opéra Bastille - from 02 to 10 September 2016

La Belle au bois dormant

Ballet in a prologue and three acts (1890)

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Marius Petipa
Alexei Ratmansky

Costume inspired by the original designs of Léon Bakst

Alexei Ratmansky
Artistic director
Kevin McKenzie
Ormsby Wilkins
Charles Barker
David LaMarche
Set design
Richard Hudson
Costume design
Richard Hudson
Lighting design
James F. Ingalls

Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Avec la participation des élèves de l’École de Danse de l’Opéra national de Paris

With the support of the american friends of the paris opera & ballet / florence gould artists fund

  • The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet

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  • Florence Gould Foundation

  • With the support of AROP

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« The Princess shall pierce her hand with a spindle, but, instead of dying, she shall only fall into a deep sleep, which shall last a hundred years. »

Charles Perrault, Histoires ou contes du temps passé, 1697

Alexei Ratmansky looks back to the past on an artistic journey he set out on when he became Director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and that he continues today as artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre. He has chosen to revive The Sleeping Beauty, a gem of the classical repertoire, as it was originally performed in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. A delicate undertaking for an art where transmission rarely takes written form, even though dance notation, such as Stepanov’s, already existed. Based on this notation as well as the correspondence between Marius Petipa and Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Alexei Ratmansky’s work is extremely faithful to the original. The sets and costumes are those created by Léon Bakst for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, who first revived the ballet out of Russia in 1921. A lavish production from the American Ballet Theatre which is returning to the Paris Opera after twenty-five years.


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Adieu Bohème