Classical Sleeping Beauty in innovative choreography of dance icon

By on September 25, 2018
Sören Vilks

The Royal Ballet dances the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty to Tchaikovsky’s immortal music, performed by the Royal Court Chapel. Here, the evil fairy Carabosse has gained a new depth and become a psychological portrait of evil. In some of the performances of the autumn, the German premier dancer Friedemann Vogel, from Stuttgart Ballet, plays the role of Prince Desirée.

Friedemann Vogel is a regular guest at the premier companies around the world including La Scala and Bolshoi. He has won numerous prestigious prizes and his artistry has been resembled at “a bird that turns to the sky” (Brittish Theatre Guide).

The performance’s choreographer Marcia Haydée is also one of the most famous dancers of her generation. For more than 20 years she was a star in one of Europe’s absolute top companies, the Stuttgart Ballet. She danced in Sleeping Beauty countless times before she decided to make her own version of Sleeping Beauty for the Stuttgart Ballet.

Nicolas Le Riche, ballet director of the Royal Ballet: Sleeping Beauty can really be called the ballet’s ballet. It is considered to be the most perfected and most glorious ballet, one of the 1800’s most spectacular and most representative of the – ‘noble’ style of the classic repertoire.

80 of Sweden’s premier classical dancers on stage at the same time, imaginative decor and precious costume crafts, and not least Tchaikovsky magic music – all speak for a great overall experience. The Royal Ballet is also a company that can show no less than four teams in leading roles.

It was 2012 as Marcia for the first time choreographed Sleeping Beauty for the Royal Ballet, and when it is again on the repertoire, several new dancers have joined the company.

The costumes are signed by Pablo Nunez who is also responsible for the scenography that has a beautiful fairy tale scimmer. In this set, Sleeping Beauty falls asleep in the early 1700s and wakes up in the 1800s. “To each tutu it takes 10 meters of tulle. When the strips are cut, it becomes close to 100 meters, wrapped in the dress,” says Operan’s costume manager Michael Glas.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm