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The Sleeping Beauty

Music by Tchaikovsky

Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Lowry, 25 September 2013

Few dancers possess the dazzling technique and platinum elegance of Nao Sakuma, who took the title role of Princess Aurora in this wonderful BRB production.

Yet the others were at the top of their game also, and they could hardly have been anything else: Petipa’s choreography is unforgiving.

The costumes and sets were in red and gold, suggesting a lost European court, one of those vanished kingdoms like Burgundy or Savoy.  Just look at some Lucas Cranach works and you’ll soon pick up on the colour scheme.  Not unlike as in our world, monsters are messengers.

This was a feast for the senses, an enchanting marvel, a production that inspired you to dream.

The Sleeping Beauty is at The Lowry until 28 September then it tours throughout the UK.  Further details are here.