Grands Ballets Canadiens
Sleeping beauty by LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS
When Aurora received her prince’s kiss.... she went on to live a perfectly normal life.
From October 10th to the 26th Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents Sleeping Beauty: a stunning contemporary retelling based on the traditional Charles Perrault's classic fairytale. All the elements of the original tale (a beautiful princess, the enchantment of sleep and a handsome prince) are present ... but with a twist!
Created in 1996 for the Hamburg Ballet, choreographer Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty, tells the modern account of Princess Aurora, now a rebellious teenager growing up among the Italian mob, who has fallen victim to the prick of a heroin needle and a menacing drug dealer who has no intention of saving her.
Over 30 members of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens participate in this stunning production, which reprises the well loved and recognized score from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The ballet’s dark nature had to be approached with humor as the audience are quickly propelled into the troubling layers of the human psyche. Individual sequences from the fairy tale are transitioned smoothly. It becomes very easy to follow the course of the narrative as more and more colorful characters are introduced to the stage. I especially loved the quirky personalities and costumes of the three fairies, dressed respectively in green, pink and silver. The “prince” himself is so baffled by this trio of eccentric ladies that he has to call out: “What is going on here?” We can almost hear the voice in his head screaming out: “Is there anyone normal out there?”
As choreographer Ek explains: “A fairy tale is like a pretty little house, but there’s a sign on the door saying ‘land mines!” Through the fluid language of body movement, we experience, joy, death, love, rebellion, jealously, revenge and ultimately happily ever afters’.
From the moment Aurora pricks herself with the heroine needle and falls into her deep slumber, the audience are presented with the dark and tumultuous side of the fairytale. We are forced to question the real happenings and activities behind the not –so- innocent life of the young “Beauty”. ------------ simply fascinating.
Show not recommended for children under 12
Sleeping beauty, presented by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is running from the 10th to the 26th of October at La Place des Arts in Montreal.
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