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The Sleeping Beauty
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PERFORMED BY THE KIEV BALLET

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Following is information concerning the production of "The Sleeping Beauty" performed by The Kiev Ballet.

Productions by Georgian State Dance Company The Sleeping Beauty performed by The Kiev Ballet - Live from Kiev
HISTORY OF "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"

The Sleeping Beauty, based on the Perrault fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant", was written by a French story teller Charles Perrault, a 17th Century writer whose work was contemporaneous with the reign of Louis XIV.

Perrault published "La Belle au bois dormant" (The Sleeping Beauty) in Paris in January 1697, as the first of eight stories in a book titled "Histories au Contes du temps pass�, Avec de Moralitez."

Although over the years there have been few adaptations to the fairy tale, the plot of the story generally has remained the same, whereby a King and Queen give birth to a daughter, Princess Aurora who is cursed at infancy by the evil fairy Carrabosse, who predicts that one day she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. However, the good fairy Lilac (one of the 7 good fairies) manages to mitigate this curse, promising that the Princess will not die but merely fall into a deep sleep for 100 years, from which she will then be awakened by the kiss of a handsome Prince.

PRODUCTION SYNOPSIS FOR "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"
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In King Florestan XXIV�s castle they are celebrating the christening of the newborn Princess Aurora. The seven invited fairies each bringing a gift and bestow a blessing on the cradle.

Suddenly, the wicked Carrabosse bursts in, offended at not being invited to the christening.

She curses the baby to prick her finger on a spindle and die. To the relief of the court the Lilac fairy has not yet given her gift, and she pronounces that the Princess will not die, but fall into a deep sleep from which she can only be awakened by the kiss of true love.

Sixteen years have gone by during which every pin, thorn and spinning wheel has been banished from the kingdom. The Princess has grown into a beautiful girl. At her birthday ball four Princes have arrived from around the world to ask her hand in marriage. An old woman approaches and gives her a gift that she has never seen before: a spinning wheel. The Princess pricks her finger and falls asleep. Throwing off the disguise of an old woman, Carrabosse appears triumphant before the court. The Lilac fairy arrives to keep her promise, and causes a thick forest to grow up around the palace, while everybody in it magically falls asleep, to awaken only when the Princess does.

A hundred years go by, and young Prince Desire makes a stop in a clearing in the forest. While his entourage plays, Desire stands aside. The Lilac fairy appears to him and shows him a vision of the sleeping Princess Aurora. Entranced, Desire approaches, but as he does the vision disappears. He begs the fairy to take him to the Princess and follows her to the entrance of the silent palace.
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Desire advances through the frozen court to the Princess, at his kiss she awakens, as does the rest of the court.

Aurora�s wedding to Desire is celebrated in the grand ballroom of the palace. Finally, the happy couple dance before proceeding to their wedding and happiness.

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FACTS ABOUT "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"
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"The Sleeping Beauty" premiered in January 1890.
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It was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.
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"The Sleeping Beauty" was the first ballet seen by a sickly 8 year old child named Anna Pavlova. After the performance she decided that she wanted to become a ballet dancer.
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"The Sleeping Beauty" was the first ballet to launch the Royal Ballet in the United States.
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The reopening performance of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden in 1946 (following the end of the second World War) was not an opera but a ballet performance of "The Sleeping Beauty".

Productions by Georgian State Dance Company The Sleeping Beauty performed by The Kiev Ballet - Live from Kiev
 
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