Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich (1973) after Marius Petipa
Starring David Hallberg and Svetlana Zakharova
2 hrs 50 mins estimated, including pre-show and one intermission
About the Film:
At the christening of their baby daughter the Princess Aurora, King Florestan XXIV and the Queen have
invited all the fairies to be godmothers. The proceedings are interrupted by Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy.
In her fury at not being invited Carabosse gives Aurora a spindle, with the curse that one day she will
prick her finger on it and die; the Lilac Fairy softens the curse by promising that Aurora will only fall into
a deep sleep, that she will not die. On Aurora’s 16th birthday four princes have come to seek her hand.
An old woman arrives and gives Aurora a spindle, on which she pricks her finger and falls in a dead faint;
the old woman was Carabosse. The Lilac Fairy appears and casts a spell of sleep over everyone; a thick
forest grows over the palace.