Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Sleeping Beauty returns to Charles Perrault’s original narrative, exploring what happens after the “happily-ever-after”... His 2001 choreography starred Bernice Coppieters (The Sleeping Beauty) and Chris Roelandt (The Prince), with the Kirov Orchestra under Music Director Valery Gergiev’s baton performing Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score.
The Brothers Grimm (and Disney) end the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the princess cursed to an eternal sleep, with her happily marrying Prince Charming after vanquishing the evil fairy. But the original literary narrative found in Charles Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé (1697) tells a very different story. The Prince’s mother—the evil fairy Carabosse, and an ogress in disguise!—threatens the Princess Aurora and her children soon after she becomes queen. While Tchaikovsky’s original ballet more or less sticks to the less complicated Brothers Grimm version, in his 2001 production Jean-Christophe Maillot decided to bring Perrault’s tale to the stage, exploring the darker side of this coming-of-age story.
Photo: © ML Briane
With the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra
Alina Cojocaru (Princess Aurora), Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund), Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV) – The Royal Ballet