5 reasons you need to see The Sleeping Beauty

Posted on 27 September 2017 By Rose Mulready

David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty is a perfect combination of thrilling dance and mesmerising music, with lashings of fairy dust and a candy-bright design. Why try to resist?

Adelaide, it's your turn to fall in love with this opulent ballet. We'll be performing it in July 2018. Tickets on sale later in 2017.


The award-winning Gabriela Tylesova (Love Never DiesLadies in Black) excelled herself in The Sleeping Beauty. Inspired by the Baroque era and rich with gold, glitter and ornamentation, her sets and costumes make a luscious setting for the pageantry and magic of the ballet.

Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Daniel Boud / Kate Longley

The Rose Adage

It's the centrepiece of The Sleeping Beauty, and one of the great moments of ballet: a blindingly difficult sequence of balances and promenades that tests the ballerina's nerve and equilibrium to its utmost. In McAllister's Beauty, Aurora's dance with her four suitors is exquisitely framed by girlfriends in rose-themed tutus and courtiers with rose garlands.

Lana Jones / Amber Scott and Andrew Wright/ Sophie Morgan and artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography Kate Longley

FISH dives

The Grand Pas de deux with which Aurora and her Prince seal their wedding is a stately affair, reflecting their new dignity as heirs apparent to the throne. That's not to say it doesn't have some spectacular dancing, with repeated pirouettes, deep backbends and a series of three fish dives - a thrilling move in which the Prince supports Aurora seemingly in thin air, her nose inches from the floor.

Lana Jones and Kevin Jackson. Photography Daniel Boud

The BLuebird Pas de deux

Is there a more charming pas de deux in all of ballet than the Bluebird pas de deux? Fluttering, leaping improbably high into the air, the Bluebird woos his Princess Florine, who echoes his movements just as her theme on the flute echoes his on the clarinet. It's an enchanting moment that forms one of the high points of the costume ball held to celebrate the royal wedding.

Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo. Photography Daniel Boud

the fairies

With their vivid colours, delicate wings and airy skirts, Aurora’s fairy godmothers flutter through The Sleeping Beauty like a delightful pack of hummingbirds. Each has their own historically based motifs, and each dances a charming variation. Of course, let’s not forget Carabosse – because that’s how trouble starts.

Ingrid Gow / Jill Ogai / Ako Kondo. Photography Lynette Wills and Kate Longley