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The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The Sleeping Beauty

The ballet is performed with one interval

Libretto by I. Vsevolozhskiy and Marius Petipa based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault

Choreography by Marius Petipa

The fragments of choreography by K. Sergeev and F. Lopukhov are used.

  • Conductor – Principal conductor of the theatre Alexandru Samoila
  • Director – Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova Maria Polyudova
  • Stage designer – Honoured Artist of Ukraine Evgeniy Gurenko
  • Costume designer – Sergey Vasilyev
  • Lighting designer – Vyacheslav Usherenko

Cast in programm IV Art Festival "Mellow Season in Odessa Opera House" On September 2

 For the festival performance a soloist of the Australian Ballet of Melbourne Natalia Kush (Princess Aurora), a soloist of the Bavarian State Opera Maksim Chashchegorov (Prince Desire), ballet artists, supernumeraries, orchestra of the theatre, students of the exemplary ensemble of classical dance "Fuete" of Odessa Children Art School No. 4, (directors - M. Kozyar , G. Pogoretska) and Odessa Children Ballet School (director - O. Knizhnik) have been invited.


About the ballet

«The Sleeping Beauty» by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa is a ballet recognized as an absolute masterpiece of the choreographic heritage. The collaboration of a librettist, composer and choreographer turned out to be the most harmonious. A complex polyphonic structure of the ballet performance was created, which combined the monumentalism of the patulous large choreographic compositions and the expressive elegance of the dance miniatures.

After the failure of «Swan Lake», Pyotr Tchaikovsky did not turn to a ballet genre for over 10 years. But in the case of «The Sleeping Beauty», the composer decided to trust the experience of an outstanding choreographer Marius Petipa, who created a detailed musical and theatrical plan for the future ballet, indicating the structure of the stage acts, the metro-rhythmic characteristics, the sound character and became the choreographer of the original production.

The initiative to create the ballet «The Sleeping Beauty» belonged to a director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, a writer, screenwriter, painter Ivan Vsevolozhskiy. He conceived a magnificent performance such as those staged at the court of Louis XIV. «Here your musical fantasy can run wild and you can compose melodies in the spirit of Lully, Bach, Rameau and others» Vsevolozhskiy wrote to Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky began writing the score in 1888. Tchaikovsky worked enthusiastically, he wrote to his colleagues: «Regarding the ballet, I can tell you that I quite like its plot, and I will take it with the greatest pleasure». The plot of the tale, written almost two hundred years ago by a French writer Charles Perrault, seemed to the composer rather poetic and musical. Tchaikovsky was primarily attracted to this fantastic world of images by the opportunity to embody into music the eternal problem of struggle between Good and Evil, the triumph of the bright ideals of Beauty, Joy and Love. It should be noted that fairy tale genre was reflected in other works of the composer, among which there are the ballets «Swan Lake» and «The Nutcracker», music for «The Spring Tale» by A. Ostrovskiy, the plays from «The Children's Album», his last opera «Iolanta», etc.

Tchaikovsky took into account the experience of his predecessors, so his music revived the classical dance to a new life, to new artistic and emotional heights. Previously, the task of composers in the ballet was to write beautiful melodies, to provide rhythmic basis and dance mood, to create an emotional atmosphere of an action. But P. Tchaikovsky managed to unite the philosophical-poetic and musical elements of the works, which were expressed in the «symphonization» of ballet music (the composer said that ballet is just symphony) and, more than that, he gave the ballet score a symphonic unity, the integrity of form, transversal musical development.

It was exactly the innovative music of «The Sleeping Beauty» that inspired Marius Petipa to look for a new type of structure of ballet performance. In this choreographic masterpiece he managed to create a typical structure of the performance in accordance with the requirements of the music and ballet drama. «This work, the most perfect among Petipa's work, sums up the difficult, not always successful, but persistent choreographer's search in the field of ballet symphonism. To a certain extent, it sums up the whole way of the choreographic art of the XIX century ...» – wrote an outstanding ballet historian and critic Vera Krasovskaya.

The management of the imperial troupe took staging the ballet very seriously and allocated considerable funds for it. «The Sleeping Beauty» was one of the most pompous and expensive ballet premiere of the Mariinsky Theatre: «The costumes, the scenery, the machines and the props of «The Sleeping Beauty»  cost about 42,000 rubles, that is, a little more than a quarter of the entire annual budget the tech part (i.e. scenery part) of Petersburg theatres» (from the memoirs of Marius Petipa).

The premiere of the production consisting of five scenes was held in St. Petersburg in January 1890, and by 1903 the «Sleeping Beauty» had become one of the most popular dance performances of the Imperial Ballet.

The history of life of this ballet on the world proves the unquenchable interest of choreographers, performers and audience to it. The perfect compositions of the classical innovator Marius Petipa are the basis in many productions. His version was recreated at the Mariinsky Theatre by Nikolay Sergeev (1914), Fedor Lopukhov (1922), at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow by Alexander Gorskiy (1899), Vasiliy Tikhomirov (1924). Great efforts were made by Konstantin Sergeev, Asaf Messerer, Mikhail Gabovich, Nadezhda Fedorova, Yuriy Grigorovich and others to preserve and update the choreographic masterpiece.

For more than 100 years since its production it has been performed in various theatres all round the world, including Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, The Australian Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, etc.


King Florestan XIV – Yuriy Medvedev, Nikolay Reshetnyov, Bogdan Chabanyuk

Queen – Oksana Babich, Polina Kalina, Ksenia Kravchenko, Veronika Semchuk

Princess Aurora – Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova Maria Polyudova, Ekaterina Bartosh, Alexandra Vorobyova, Elena Dobryanskaya, Natalia Ivasenko, Elena Kondratyeva

Prince Desire – Honoured Artist of Ukraine Sergey Dotsenko, Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova Vladimir Statnyy, Stanislav Varankin, Andrey Pisarev, Stanislav Skrynnik, Dmitriy Sharay

The evil fairy Carabosse – Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova Vladimir Statnyy, Tatiana Afanyutina, Nikolay Vorivodin, Vadim Krusser, Stanislav Skrynnik, Ruslan Talipov, Ekaterina Tomashek, Bogdan Chabanyuk

The Lilac Fairy – Tatiana Afanyutina, Victoria Berezhnaya, Ekaterina Burdik, Anastasia Varankina, Olga Vorobyova, Ekaterina Kalchenko, Elina Kanunikova, Alina Sharay

Kind fairies:

The Tenderness Fairy – Oksana Babich, Viktoria Berezhnaya, Olga Vorobyova, Daria Gorodilova, Elina Kanunikova, Ksenia Kravchenko, Elena Lavrinenko

The Vividness Fairy – Honoured Artist of Ukraine Olga Rozhevich, Tatiana Afanyutina, Ekaterina Bartosh, Ekaterina Burdik, Alexandra Vorobyova, Daria Gorodilova, Olga Pilipeyko, Maria Ryazantseva, Anastasia Yarotskaya

The Generosity Fairy – Ekaterina Bartosh, Natalia Ivasenko, Kristina Pavlova, Olga Pilipeyko, Marina Strizhakova, Anna Tyutyunnik

The Serenity Fairy – Ekaterina Bartosh, Natalia Ivasenko, Elena Kondratyeva, Marina Strizhakova, Anna Tyutyunnik

The Courage Fairy – Tatiana Afanyutina, Ekaterina Bartosh, Lyudmila Grekova, Natalia Ivasenko, Maria Ryazantseva, Irina Skrynnik, Marina Strizhakova, Ekaterina Tomashek, Alina Sharay

Catalabutte, the master-of-ceremonies of King Florestan – Nikolay Vorivodin, Yuriy Medvedev, Sergey Tkachuk, Rostislav Yanchishen

Princes, cavaliers, chief pages – Honoured Artist of Ukraine Sergey Dotsenko, Dmitriy Bartosh, Denis Vasiliev, Dmitriy Dzenik, Roman Kalin, Vyacheslav Kravchenko, Mikhail Perfilov, Vitaliy Rozdaybeda, Igor Sarazhinskiy, Stanislav Skrynnik, Ruslan Talipov, Dmitriy Sharay, Bogdan Chabanyuk, Rostislav Yanchishen

The Jewels Fairies:

The Diamond Fairy – Tatiana Afanyutina, Viktoria Berezhnaya, Ekaterina Burdik, Alexandra Vorobyova, Lyudmila Grekova, Elena Dobryanskaya, Elena Kondratieva, Maria Ryazantseva, Alina Sharay

The Sapphire Fairy, The Gold Fairy, The Silver Fairy – Anastasia Bannikova, Oksana Babich, Viktoria Berezhnaya, Ekaterina Burdik, Anastasia Varankina, Ekaterina Kalchenko, Elina Kanunikova, Ksenia Kravchenko, Elena Lavrinenko, Olesya-Bogdana Marchuk, Olga Mikhaylichenko, Kristina Pavlova, Maria Ryazantseva, Ekaterina Tomashek , Alina Sharay, Oksana Shirokova

The maids of honour of Princess Aurora – Tatiana Afanyutina, Oksana Babich, Anastasia Bannikova, Viktoria Berezhnaya, Ekaterina Burdik, Anastasia Varankina, Viktoria Vorivodina, Elina Kanunikova, Ksenia Kravchenko, Elena Lavrinenko, Olesya-Bogdana Marchuk, Olga Mikhaylichenko, Kristina Pavlova, Maria Ryazantseva, Irina Skrynnik, Ekaterina Tomashek, Oksana Shirokova

The small maids of honour of Princess Aurora – Ekaterina Bartosh, Ksenia Zakharchenko, Daria Gorodilova, Lyudmila Grekova, Natalia Ivasenko, Elena Kondratyeva, Olga Pilipeyko, Marina Strizhakova, Anna Tyutyunnik, Anastasia Yarotskaya

Heroes of fairy tales:

The White Cat – Ekaterina Bartosh, Daria Gorodilova, Yanina Kiseleva, Elena Kondratyeva, Olga Pilipeyko, Anna Tyutyunnik

Puss-in-Boots – Denis Vasiliev, Vitaliy Rozdaybeda, Vladislav Stepanov, Ruslan Talipov, Rostislav Yanchishen

Princess Florina – Honoured Artist of Ukraine Olga Rozhevich, Ekaterina Bartosh, Viktoria Berezhnaya, Olga Vorobyova, Daria Gorodilova, Natalya Ivasenko, Elena Kondratyeva

The Blue Bird – Stanislav Varankin, Denis Vasiliev, Dmitriy Dzenik, Mikhail Perfilov, Stanislav Skrynnik, Dmitriy Sharay, Denis Chernyak

Little Red Riding Hood – Radmila Aitova, Ekaterina Bartosh, Ksenia Zakharchenko, Olga Pilipeyko, Marina Strizhakova, Anna Tyutyunnik

The Gray Wolf – Dmitriy Bartosh, Stanislav Varankin, Nikolay Vorivodin, Pavel Grits, Ioann-Marian Nagornyy, Igor Sarazhinskiy, Denis Chernyak, Rostislav Yanchishen


The Fairy Carabosse’s retinue, butlers, knitters, guards, courtiers – the ballet artists and supernumeraries of the theatre.


The supernumeraries, the orchestra of the theatre, the students of an exemplary ensemble of choreographic dance «Fuete» of Children’s Art School №4 (Director – M. Kozyar, A. Pogoretskaya) participate in the ballet.





In the palace of King Florestan XIV everybody celebrates the christening of his daughter – Princess Aurora. With the sweet sounds of harps and violins the godmother – the Lilac Fairy with her retinue – appears. The kind fairies – the Tenderness, the Vividness, the Generosity, the Courage and the Serenity - bring the newborn their gifts, granting Aurora the finest human features.

The master-of-ceremonies Catalabutte announces that the evil and powerful fairy Carabosse approaches the palace. She has not been invited, so she is extremely angry and she hurries to the celebration of her own volition. Being furious, Carabosse foretells that the young Aurora will fall asleep forever when she pricks with a spindle. The Lilac Fairy calms the parents down and promises that the kind forces will destroy the evil spells. She makes Karabosse leave the palace.

To avoid the misfortune that has been predicted by the evil sorceress, the king gives order to prohibit the use of knitting needles and spindles in his kingdom under penalty of death.

Act I

In the royal castle a celebration is being prepared because of Aurora’s adulthood. Catalabutte sees some peasant women who have come with spindles to work in the palace despite the ban, which has been in force for 16 years. They escape the death penalty only due to the celebration in honour of the princess’ birthday.

The guests are coming to the palace from every corner of the kingdom, among them there are grooms, aspiring to the hand of beautiful Aurora.

In the midst of the celebration, an old woman in a dark robe appears. She gifts the girl a spindle. Suddenly the princess pricks herself and falls unconscious. Everyone recognizes in the stranger the triumphant fairy Carabosse: her prediction has come true.

The Lilac Fairy – Aurora’s patroness – appears. She cannot cancel the evil spells of Carabosse, but to weaken them is in her power: Aurora will not die, but only fall asleep. She will be revived by the kiss of a prince.

Waving her magic wand, she plunges the whole kingdom into a dream together with Aurora.

Act II

Scene I

A hundred years passed. In the magic garden Prince Desire and his retinue are hunting. The Lilac Fairy appears in front of the young man and evokes the image of a beautiful Aurora. The prince recognizes the one who often has come to him in the dreams. Desire begs to help him to find the girl.

Scene II

Prince Desire floats in a boat to the enchanted castle together with the Lilac Fairy. In the sleeping magical kingdom only the evil fairy Carabosse and her servants are awake. They block the path to anyone who intends to enter the sleeping kingdom. They hear the sounds that foreshadow the appearance of the Lilac Fairy. The villain and her retinue are trying to hide Aurora from the fairy and Desire, but everything is in vain – the prince sees the sleeping beauty. Conquered by her beauty, he gently kisses the girl – and evil spells are destroyed! Carabosse with her retinue disappears. Aurora awakens and the whole kingdom revives with her. The ardent feeling of first love embraces Aurora and Desire. The Prince asks the King and Queen for the hand of their daughter and they are glad to agree.


In the palace the magnificent wedding of Aurora and Desire is celebrated. Among the numerous guests there are the characters of fairy tales: Princess Florina and Blue bird, the White Cat and Puss-in-Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The newly married couple

receives congratulations from the Fairies of Diamonds, Sapphires, Gold and Silver. The Lilac Fairy and her retinue bless the bride and groom for a long and happy life.