The
Sleeping Beauty

March 8—18, 2018

The
Sleeping Beauty

March 8—18, 2018

About the Ballet

Of all the full-length works in the repertoire, perhaps none embodies the unabashed exuberance, grace and technical virtuosity of classical ballet as does The Sleeping Beauty. Since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1890, with a score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, the ballet has remained virtually the definitive expression of the western classical aesthetic in dance, casting a spell over generations of audiences, dancers and choreographers, all of whom have responded to its irresistible blend of strong narrative appeal and showstopping spectacle.

While many choreographers have adapted the ballet to their own purposes and visions over the decades, the version created by Rudolf Nureyev in 1966 stands out as being one of the most technically exciting and richly entertaining. Set on The National Ballet of Canada in 1972, it helped put the then still young company on the international ballet map, changing the fortunes and face of the company forever.

Since then, the ballet, with its natural ebullience and dramatic flair, its combination of consummate artistry and sheer showmanship, has always been an audience favourite. Restaged by Artistic Director Karen Kain in 2006, The Sleeping Beauty is one of the National Ballet’s most treasured works and holds a singular place in the company’s history and the affections of its audience.

“This Sleeping Beauty is a grand jewel in the National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire. Not only does it feature a treasure trove of classical riches it once again proves why this company is among the best in the world.” National Post

The Sleeping Beauty Trailer

Karen Kain on Rudolf Nureyev and The Sleeping Beauty

Karen Kain on Staging The Sleeping Beauty

Elena Lobsanova on The Sleeping Beauty

An Animated Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty View Gallery

Reviews

“NBC’s Sleeping Beauty remains among its most fully accomplished productions.” —Pointe Magazine

“ ★★★★/4 With such dancing this Beauty never slumbers.” —Toronto Star

“dazzling… the National Ballet glitters in this gem of a production.” —The Globe and Mail

Running Time

  • Prologue & Act I 1h 10m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Act II 40m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Act III 40m
  • Total (approx) 3h

Casting

Princess Aurora
Heather Ogden (March 8, 14 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)
Jurgita Dronina† (March 9 at 7:30 pm)
Elena Lobsanova* (March 10 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (March 10, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu (March 11 at 2:00 pm/March 16 at 7:30 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald* (March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Prince Florimund
Guillaume Côté (March 8, 14 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)
Harrison James (March 9, 15 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 10 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (March 10, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Peng-Fei Jiang* (March 11 at 2:00 pm/March 16 at 7:30 pm)
Brendan Saye* (March 17 at 2:00 pm)

King Florestan
Jonathan Renna (March 8, 10, 13, 14, 17 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)
Etienne Lavigne* (March 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 10, 11, 17 at 2:00 pm)

Queen
Sophie Letendre+

Catalubutte, Master of Ceremonies
Hazaros Surmeyan (March 8, 10, 13, 14, 17 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)
Tomas Schramek (March 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 10, 11, 17 at 2:00 pm)

The Lilac Fairy
Tanya Howard (March 8, 10, 14, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm/March 10, 11,17,18 at 2:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 9, 13, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)

Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (March 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison* (March 10, 11, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Principal Fairy
Alexandra MacDonald (March 8, 14 at 7:30 pm/March 10 at 2:00 pm)
Hannah Fischer (March 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Emma Hawes* (March 10, 17 at 7:30 pm/ March 11 at 2:00 pm)
Kathryn Hosier (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 17, 18 at 2:00 pm)

Bluebird
Francesco Gabriele Frola* (March 8, 14 at 7:30 pm)
Skylar Campbell (March 9, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Kota Sato (March 10 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Siphesihle November* (March 10, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 11 at 2:00 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi* (March 16 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)

Princess Florine
Emma Hawes (March 8, 14 at 7:30 pm)
Tina Pereira (March 9, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Jenna Savella* (March 10 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Miyoko Koyasu* (March 10, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (March 11 at 2:00 pm)
Rui Huang* (March 16 at 7:30 pm/March 18 at 2:00 pm)

Diamond Lady
Chelsy Meiss (March 8, 10, 16, 18 at 2:00 pm /March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Hannah Fischer* (March 9, 14, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald (March 10 at 7:30 pm)
Jordana Daumec (March 11, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 15 at 7:30 pm)

Diamond Man
Jack Bertinshaw (March 8, 10 at 7:30 pm)
Christopher Gerty* (March 9, 14, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Donald Thom* (March 10, 16, 18 at 2:00 pm /March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Giorgio Galli (March 11,17 at 2:00 pm/March 15 at 7:30 pm)

*Debut †Company Debut +Guest Artist

All casting subject to change.

Further Reading

Synopsis

The Sleeping Beauty Primer
by Karen Kain

Credits

Produced, originally staged and with additional choreography:
Rudolf Nureyev, after Marius Petipa

Staged by:
Karen Kain, C.C.

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set and Costume Design:
Nicholas Georgiadis

Lighting Design:
David Hersey

The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret & Jim Fleck, C.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.

Running Time

  • Prologue & Act I 1h 10m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Act II 40m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Act III 40m
  • Total (approx) 3h

The Sleeping Beauty Trailer

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show (except March 8) in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Virtual Museum

Get more insight into The Sleeping Beauty through our Virtual Museum featuring set and costume sketches, footwear, artifacts and more from the National Ballet Archives.

Visit Virtual Exhibit

Email Newsletter

Be the first to know when casting is announced by signing up for Ballet News.

Sign Up Today