The curtain goes up … the audience gasps … and David McAllister’s spectacular Beauty unfolds like a rose, drawing you into a world of romance, wonder and imperial grandeur. Gleaming with Baroque golds and creams, glowing with vivid colour, and spilling over with fairies, princes, woodland nymphs and story-book charm, this ballet casts a spell of delight all the way to true love’s kiss.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score and blessed with breathtaking designs by Gabriela Tylesova, our artistic director’s new production stays true to the magic and majesty of the original and showcases the talents of the entire company in iconic moments like the Rose Adage and the Bluebird Pas de deux.
Opulent splendour, fairytale charm: this reawakened classic will sweep you off your feet.
The production offers a gold-class experience and the magical escape that will forever draw so many audiences to the fairytale world of ballet.The Herald Sun, September 2015
“The fairies’ tutus are possibly some of the most beautifully designed and the senior women of the company look terrific dancing this repertoire in brilliant sparkles, fanciful wigs and feathery embellishments.”
– Stephanie Glickman, Herald Sun, 2015ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY KATE LONGLEY
“If audience reaction is the yardstick, then David McAllister’s first ballet is a resounding success.”
– Chloe Smethurst, The Age, 2015ARTISTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET. PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL BOUD
The Brisbane production of The Sleeping beauty is presented in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production and additional choreography David McAllister
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume and set design Gabriela Tylesova
Design Associate Kat Chan
Dramaturge Lucas Jervies
Lighting design Jon Buswell
with Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne and Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney
The 2015 world premiere of David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty was made possible by our many passionate donors. We would particularly like to thank The Royals, whose extraordinary contributions will be recognised for The Sleeping Beauty’s lifetime.
Geraldine Anne Lawton Bequest
Kenneth R Reed AM
The Lilac Fairy
Friends of The Australian Ballet (NSW) Ltd
Malcolm, Tonya & Carolyn McCusker
The Australian Ballet Society
The Ian Dicker Family
Francesca Roslyn Packer Barham
Indigo Alice Packer
Emmanuelle Sheelah Packer
McAllister creates a visual feast that is surely the stuff of young ballerinas’ dreams.The Guardian