The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Princess Aurora

Princess Aurora, Act III from The Sleeping Beauty - First Performed September 1, 1972. Designed by Nicholas Georgiadis. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

This design has been worn by some of the National Ballet’s most distinguished dancers including Veronica Tennant, Nadia Potts, Vanessa Harwood, Karen Kain and Chan Hon Goh. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, The Sleeping Beauty features opulent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis. Georgiadis designed for a number of ballets, operas and theatres all over the world and is best known for his sumptuous period settings. The gold and silver encrusted sets and costumes for the National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty reflect both the opulence of the 1890’s Imperial Russian Court, and the majesty of the court of Louis XIV.

Rudolf Nureyev, who had performed in every major company around the world and had given critically acclaimed performances of most of the male roles in the ballet canon, was considered ballet royalty. When he staged his Sleeping Beauty on the National Ballet the company had earned a faithful following in Canada but was little known internationally. Following a performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House which received rave reviews the position of The National Ballet of Canada as one of the best dance companies in the world was solidified.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.