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New York City Center Presents
The New York Premiere of

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

  • Mainstage
  • Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2013
  • Tickets start at $30

  • Overview

    “Destined to become an enduring favorite.”
    Broadway World

    "Thoroughly entertaining and visually stunning"

    "This Sleeping Beauty is fascinating, even for those who don't love ballet."
    IN New York

    “An evening of delights.”

    “Bourne delights with his incredible imagination, and deserves applause.”
    The Huffington Post

    “[Bourne] is the most popular choreographer of theatrical dance in the Western world.”
    The New Yorker

    “Wonderful. Bourne’s clever gothic re-write has discovered something beguiling.”
    The Guardian, London

    “A masterly storyteller… this is Bourne at his best.”
    The New York Times

    “Luscious, dramatic and smart. Visually sumptuous and action-packed.”
    The Sunday Times

    “This Sleeping Beauty is destined to wake up and find itself a worldwide smash-hit.”
    Mail on Sunday, London

    Sleeping Beauty – A New Adventures production
    Don’t miss the New York premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest re-imagining of a ballet classic!

    Sleeping Beauty sees Matthew Bourne and his company, New Adventures, return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and continued in 1995 with the international hit Swan Lake.

    The story of a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, "The Sleeping Beauty" first appeared as a fairy tale by Charles Perrault, who also gave us such timeless tales as "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood". It was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890.

    Listen to Matthew Bourne's Wall Street Journal podcast interview

    Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, at the height of the fin-de-siecle period, when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. Years later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy tale.

    Leadership support generously provided by
    Rosalind Walter
    Douglas S. Cramer and Hubert S. Bush

    Running Time: 2 hours 10 min (including one intermission)

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