About Sleeping Beauty

The classic story of Sleeping Beauty was first performed as a ballet in Russia in 1890, with music from the famed composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story of the beautiful princess, her guardian fairies, the evil spell of the darkened slumber, and the magic kiss has been passed down through generations. Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke has her own magical vision of this story, influenced by the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Dayton Ballet presents a classical version of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists of our own. This original presentation of this classic tale is draped lusciously in nature, with settings of whimsical gardens and ominous forests, with fairies named after flowers from which they pull their virtues, and even down to the beautiful name of our leading maiden�Briar Rose. Evil enters in the form of a vulture-like forest villain named Cinereous, and one prick of finger from a black rose turns sweet Briar Rose into our beloved Sleeping Beauty.

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