English National Ballet returns to the Liverpool Empire with the ultimate classic ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, set to reawaken the magic of the world’s favourite fairy tale in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies
The enchanting story is of Aurora, born to the Queen and King and loved very dearly by them and her nurse who looked after her. A big christening party is arranged and all is well, until Fairy Carabosse arrives. She is furious she has been forgotten and casts an evil spell on her, warning that when the baby grows up, she will prick her fi nger on a needle and die on her 16th birthday. Powerful godmother Lilac Fairy could not break the spell, but changed it and said she would not die, but sleep for 100 years and only awaken when kissed by a prince.
Often considered the pinnacle of classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty encompasses so many modes including abstract dance, mime, drama and diversion. The English National Ballet sail confidently through this varied and demanding piece with sublime principals performing amidst a grandeur of design directed by Peter Farmer. The set is one of the most imaginative in the ballet world today and provides the perfect backdrop for the magnificent
costumes created by Nicholas Georgiadis – bringing this performance to life and securing your gaze across the stage set after set. With wonderful choreography by Kenneth MacMillan, the piece features Tchaikovsky’s best-loved ballet music ever, including Rose Adagio and Carabosse et la Fee des Lilas.
English National Ballet, The Sleeping
Beauty, Liverpool Empire Theatre,
30 October-3 November, For tickets
please visit www.atgtickets.com