Carabosse, the wicked fairy (and twin sister of the good Lilac Fairy) was incensed by her lack of invitation and lifelong anger at being placed second to her sister. She cast a spell which would see Aurora, on her sixteenth birthday, prick her finger and die.
Her sister, the Lilac Fairy, manages to soften the spell, meaning that Aurora will simply fall into a 100 year slumber.
After this indeed happens, the scene is cut to 1946, where Aurora’s parents – the King and Queen – are adjusting to life in a very different world, after also falling into hibernation during their daughter’s slumber.
A Prince discovers Aurora, falls in love with her and gives her the kiss which breathes life into her once more.
Carabosse is forgiven, after the King & Queen find comfort in their daughter’s happiness.
Scottish Ballet are reknowned for being what choreographer Ashley Page describes as “a vibrant and adventurous classically-based company which approaches things from a different angle, inviting audiences to look afresh at these fairytales”. This is what drew me in!
The costumes were beautiful and so intricate & sparkly. According to my programme, they were designed by Antony McDonald & Michelle May. Props to those guys! And also to Ashley Page. I can’t believe someone could create something so magical!
Students & U26’s can receive £10 tickets on the day in Edinburgh & Aberdeen – so an extra bonus!