The Sleeping Beauty
Not recommended for children under age 12
In Marcos Morau’s audacious choreography, the Lyon Opera Ballet awakens the Sleeping Beauty by transposing her universe into a setting stripped to the essential. Far removed from the original fairy tale, this is a vision reserved for adults and adolescents, resonant of our current day.
Premiered in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty would be quickly classified among Tchaikovsky’s great masterpieces. In Perrault’s tale, the curse placed on the Princess Aurora by the fairy Carabosse condemns the girl to die from the prick of a rose’s thorn on the day she turns 16.
The Lilac fairy then transforms death into a deep sleep that can only be broken by a prince’s kiss. To this battle between good and evil, Marcos Morau alters the parameters: imagining an endless sleep in which desires and identities are projected, he dematerializes our world, the simple vertigo of a sleeping princess, and changes it into a museum in which visitors circulate, in a staging that questions our views on the reality behind the myths.
Choreographer Marcos Morau
Music Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Lyon Opera Ballet
Sound design Cristobal Saavedra
Scenography Max Glaenzel
Costumes Silvia Delagneau
Dramaturgy Roberto Fratini
Ballet mistress Amandine Roque de La Cruz
Dancers Amanda Lana, Kristina Bentz, Eleonora Campello, Marie Albert, Kaine Ward, Paul Gregoire, Raúl Serrano Núñez, Giacomo Todeschi, Albert Nikolli, Almudena Maldonado, Anna Romanova, Noellie Conjeaud, Edi Blloshmi, Brendan Evans, Katrien De Bakker
Production Lyon Opera Ballet£
Coproduction La Villette, Paris
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez