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The Dame Margot Fonteyn Collection Continued
The Sleeping Beauty
A ballet in three acts and four scenes, based on Perrault's fairy tale. (H.Koegler op. cit p.383)
King Florestan and his Queen invited all the Fairies to be present as Godmothers at the christening of their infant daughter Princess Aurora. In an oversight, they forgot to invite the Fairy Carabosse, who was vastly insulted. Nevertheless she arrives and sets a curse on Aurora, that one day Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Carabosse's curse is however confounded by the Lilac Fairy who promises Aurora that in the event of her pricking her finger in this manner, rather than dying, she will fall into a deep sleep, from which she can only be awakened after a hundred years by a Prince's kiss. Sixteen years later, during the celebrations for Aurora's birthday, Carabosse engineer's events so that Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and collapses. The Lilac Fairy appears to fulfill her promise and casts a spell of sleep over the whole scene and commands a forest to grow up to utterly conceal the palace. A hundred years later, the Lilac Fairy appears to a young Prince on a hunting expedition in the forest, and shows him a vision of the Princess Aurora. When the vision disappears, the Prince implores the Lilac Fairy to lead him to the palace where the Beauty sleeps. He enters the palace, finds Aurora and awakens her with a kiss, the happy couple are then blessed in their marriage by the Lilac Fairy. (Summary of the programme synopsis for The Sadler's
Wells Ballet's production at The Royal Opera House)