The Sleeping Beauty – Pas de Deux, Act lll

  • Choreographer: Original choreography: Marius Petipa
  • Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
  • Costumes: Janet Groom Campbell (2021)
  • World Premiere: The premiere performance of the complete ballet took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890.
  • PBT Performance Date: March 2 & 4, 1973; May 20, 22, 27, 2021. Open air performances using PBT mobile stage at Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA.

Program Notes

The culmination of The Sleeping Beauty is the spectacular wedding pas de deux of Aurora and the Prince. This a a gorgeous dance, with lush and expressive music and choreography. Its beauty is deceptively demanding, requiring intense control, power, and precision. Watch for “fish dives,” difficult and tricky lifts where the Prince has to grab Aurora with one arm as she dives toward the floor!