The Sleeping Beauty
October 19-21, 2012 at TPAC's Jackson Hall
with The Nashville Symphony
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography and Adaptation by Paul Vasterling, after Petipa
Complete with a handsome prince, a beautiful princess and a magical kiss, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora who is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse.
Angry at not being invited to baby Aurora’s christening, Carabosse curses the princess to die when she pricks her finger on a spindle. But a good fairy triumphs over evil, leaving Aurora to sleep for 100 years only to be awoken by the kiss of a brave, handsome prince.
Though often regarded as a love story, The Sleeping Beauty is also a struggle between the two conflicting forces of good and evil, represented by the good Lilac Fairy and the evil fairy Carabosse.
A youth cast of School of Nashville Ballet dancers and lush visuals make this full-length ballet entertaining for all ages. Vasterling’s storytelling based on Petipa’s choreography earned The Tennessean’s praise as “the ultimate story ballet” when Nashville Ballet premiered the production in 2004.
The Sleeping Beauty will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for three performances:
Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m.
Estimated run time for each performance is 2 1/2 to 3 hours.