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Aurora's Wedding

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Aurora's Wedding

Choreography by Marius Petipa
Choreography for The Porcelain Trio by Bronislava Nijinska
Choreography for Three Ivans by Ninette de Valois
Staging and Additional Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Assisted by Tatiana Ratmansky
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Scenery and Costumes by Richard Hudson
Inspired by Léon Bakst
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

Premiere

July 5, 2017
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York, New York

Cast:
Isabella Boylston (Princess Aurora)
Alban Lendorf (Prince Désiré)

Synopsis

The court of King Florestan and his Queen assembles for the wedding of their daughter, the Princess Aurora, to Prince Désiré. The invited guests include many fairy tale characters— Puss-in-Boots, Red-Riding-Hood, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, among others— who present their stories as gifts to the royal couple. Also present is the Lilac Fairy, Aurora’s fairy godmother, and the evil fairy Carabosse, who has been forgiven for placing a spell on Aurora.

After all the guests pay their respects to the bride and bridegroom, Aurora and Désiré dance a grand pas de deux. The whole assembly joins in a dance in their honor, and the kingdom rejoices.

Notes

This production of Aurora’s Wedding is taken from Act III of Alexei Ratmansky’s staging of The Sleeping Beauty, with choreography by Marius Petipa. Aurora’s Wedding features the added divertissements of The Porcelain Trio (with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska) and Three Ivans (with choreography by Ninette de Valois).