Encore for The Sleeping Beauty

Photo Justin Ridler

The Australian Ballet presents timeless The Sleeping Beauty

The Australian Ballet’s most lavish production, David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty returns for a special encore season in Melbourne and Sydney following its sell-out 2015 debut.  

Reawakening a world of courtly love, charming fairies and a glittering masked ball, The Australian Ballet’s dazzling production of The Sleeping Beauty tours to Melbourne and Sydney in 2017. Spectacularly reimagined by Artistic Director David McAllister, The Sleeping Beauty opens at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre from 16 – 27 June, and then in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre from 11 – 25 November. 

Accompanied by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and dressed in exquisite costumes by internationally renowned designer Gabriela Tylesova, a cast of royals and courtiers, fairies and wood nymphs, bluebirds and storybook characters bring new life to a classic story.  

David McAllister’s interpretation remains faithful to the spirit of the original choreography of 19th century master Marius Petipa. Audiences will be delighted by the famously challenging balances of Princess Aurora’s Rose Adage, her romantic Wedding Grand Pas de deux with the Prince and the lively variations of the couple’s storybook friends.

Theatre designer Gabriela Tylesova has captivated audiences around the world with her richly imaginative sets and costumes, and has been honoured with multiple Helpmann and Green Room Awards. Her designs for The Sleeping Beauty evoke the splendour of Louis XIV’s court with breathtakingly opulent gilded sets and hundreds of colourful costumes, made with the attention to detail of haute couture. Garments of satin, tulle and silk are adorned with beads and faux fur, sequins and braid, crystals and cut-out lace. 

In collaboration with Marius Petipa, Tchaikovsky composed The Sleeping Beauty in an inspired 40 days! His iconic score propels the action while also mirroring the inner workings of central characters, a pioneering technique which adds layers of complexity to the story. His orchestration and unusual instrumental combinations were ground breaking in their time and inspired other great composers in years to come.  

This production is the first full-length work by The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister, for whom creating The Sleeping Beauty in 2015 was a crowning moment in his career. In 2017 McAllister enters his 16th year as Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, following an 18-year career as a dancer in the company.

This production is the most ambitious ever staged by The Australian Ballet. More than 2,000 people contributed upwards of 70% of the total production costs during a landmark fundraising campaign, without which the new production would not have been possible.

The Sleeping Beauty has already been enjoyed by over 65,000 people, with sell-out seasons in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth following the world premiere in 2015.

The story of The Sleeping Beauty

Doomed from infancy to fatally prick her finger on her 16th birthday, Princess Aurora is saved from the curse of spiteful Carabosse by her champion the Lilac Fairy, who lulls the kingdom into a deep slumber. When the lonely Prince Désiré learns of Aurora’s fate, he comes to her rescue with a redemptive kiss of true love. The couple celebrate their wedding and coronation in the light and bustle of the revived palace, with a masked ball attended by fairies, bluebirds and familiar friends from the pages of Grimm’s fairy tales.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY  |  The Australian Ballet

16  – 27 June
Arts Centre Melbourne State Theatre  

11 – 25 November
Capitol Theatre