About the Performance
Choreography: Bengt Jörgen
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lighting Design: Rebecca Picherack
Costume & Set Design: Camellia Koo
Number of Dancers: 18-22
Run Time (incl. intermission): 2:20 – 2:30 hours
Sleeping Beauty is one of the world‘s most famous classical ballets and holds a place in the repertoire of virtually every major company. After more than 25 successful years, Canada‘s Ballet Jörgen will create its own unique classical ballet rendition with its World Premiere Tour during the 2015-2016 season. This major new ballet tells the enchanting story of Aurora and her prince complete with its inherently magical qualities and dazzling choreography.
The fairy tale about a young woman placed under a spell to sleep for a hundred years only to be awakened by a kiss is an easily accessible story. It appeals to a child’s imagination and holds a special place in the hearts of adults. The underlying theme is the tug between the forces of good (the Lilac Fairy) and evil (Carabosse), serving as an important thread to the plot. Told in three acts, the ballet benefits from the character development and technical expertise for which Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is known.
Artistic Director and award-winning choreographer Bengt Jörgen focuses on the magical elements and the interpretation of the ballet as a nature allegory: The young woman represents nature, the wicked fairy is winter, who deadens life with pricks of frost until a young man, spring, cuts away the brambles to allow the sun to awaken sleeping nature. Sleeping Beauty by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen draws on the traditional choreography by Marius Petipa to spin a tale of nature and love that will inspire young and old alike.
The delightful story will be danced to the original 1890 score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set to a libretto based on Charles Perrault’s story La Belle au bois dormant. In ensemble with stunning costumes and captivating lighting design, Sleeping Beauty by Canada‘s Ballet Jörgen is guaranteed to provide an evening of entertaining and inspiring live performance.
Wow what a performance!!! Beautiful technique, but more importantly the dancers were dancing from their hearts!! Our family really enjoyed the performance… can’t wait to see what is next.
L & G Lyons
Sleeping Beauty was wonderful. All of my littles kids who had never been to a ballet were completely transfixed and better than that, could explain the entire story – often detailing what the dancers did, their gestures etc. One reluctant 7 year old ballet burst into the studio the following class loudly ( and I must stress – loudly) proclaiming ” I don’t know why I never wanted to go to a ballet before- that was amazing!!” Congratulations to all of you on a gorgeous production.
Bengt’s “Sleeping Beauty” was innovative and engaging; quite a challenge with Tchaikovsky’s often pedestrian score. His hallmark episodes of lightness and humour, and the ambiguity of the last scene are wonderfully effective. The dancing was of a high calibre throughout, and it’s always good to see so many young dancers from the local community involved.