Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Full Episode

Sleeping Beauty is the latest re-imagining of a ballet classic by choreographer Matthew Bourne.  The award-winning production aired on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, after a triumphant premiere in London in 2012 and a U.S. tour in the fall of 2013. (Check local listings). With Sleeping Beauty the British choreographer has returned […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Curse is Broken in Sleeping Beauty

Leo’s kiss of true love breaks the curse that has held Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) under its spell. After 100 years of sleep, Aurora discovers Leo (Dominic North) has been transformed in order to have eternal life and reunite with her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Photos of a Sleeping Beauty Like No Other

British choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that drips with candle wax and vampire blood and opens its eyes to modern times. Learn more about his bold re-imagining of the Tchaikovsky ballet and enjoy this photo gallery that captures the drama of the production, premiering Friday, April 25 at 9 pm […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Aurora’s 100-Year Slumber in Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora’s 100-year slumber becomes restless as it nears the end of its spell. The ensemble sequence features Hannah Vassallo as Aurora and Dominic North as the modern-day Leo, who has waited for the curse to end for 100 years. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Rose Adagio Duet from Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne choreographs Tchaikovsky’s Rose Adagio as a playful, romantic duet between Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) and the gardener Leo (Dominic North). Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Casting a Curse

The dark fairy Carabosse (Adam Maskell) enters the room of baby Aurora to cast a curse upon her. Aurora’s parents, a king and queen, had desperately wanted a child and had sought Carabosse’s help. But after Aurora’s arrival, her father never showed his gratitude to Carabosse. For this, the dark fairy takes her revenge, leaving […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Fairies Dance for Aurora

The year is 1890. By the light of the full moon and candlesticks, six good fairies slip into the sleeping baby Aurora’s room. The baby awakes unfrightened and the fairies dance for her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).