The Sleeping Beauty

Choreography by: Peter Martins (after Marius Petipa); The Garland Dance choreographed by George Balanchine

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

This enchanting full-length is one of NYCB’s grandest spectacles of dance, featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fantastical characters.

Balanchine never mounted a production of The Sleeping Beauty.  He did, however, choreograph The Garland Dance for the 1981 Tschaikovsky Festival, and his choreography is incorporated into Peter Martins’ staging of the ballet.  For many years it was Lincoln Kirstein’s dream to mount the ballet at New York City Ballet.  Thus, Martins chose Kirstein’s 80th birthday celebration, on May 4, 1987, to announce that the Company would produce The Sleeping Beauty.  It is one of the most elaborate productions presented by the Company, requiring over 100 dancers, including students from the School of American Ballet.  Martins' version is streamlined into Two Acts, that combine the drama and beauty of the original choreography with the speed and energy for which New York City Ballet is known.

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The Sleeping Beauty (Op. 66, 1888-1890); Libretto by Marius Petipa and I. A. Vsevolozhsky, after stories by Charles Perrault and others
April 25, 1991, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Darci Kistler, Kyra Nichols, Merrill Ashley, Lourdes Lopez, Nichol Hlinka, Margaret Tracey, Lauren Hauser, Roma Sosenko, Wendy Whelan, Kathleen Tracey, Yvonne Borrée, Ben Huys, Damian Woetzel, Albert Evans, Bart Cook

Act I: 1 Hr. 12 Min.
Act II: 55 Min.
Costumes by
Patricia Zipprodt; Costumes executed by Barbara Matera, Ltd.
Set by
David Mitchell
Lighting by
Mark Stanley