The beauty of ballet

ADD a little sparkle to the winter months as Scottish Ballet offers audiences across Scotland and beyond the opportunity to fall in love all over again with its most decadent festive production, The Sleeping Beauty.

This ’must see’ production is the third in a trilogy of fairytale ballets alongside The Nutcracker (2003) and Cinderella (2005) conceived by artistic director Ashley Page and designer Antony McDonald each re-imagined with fresh relevance for a contemporary audience, and presented with the delicious twists, devilish wit and stunning visuals synonymous with their creative partnership.

Princess Aurora is born into an enchanted world where mortal members of Europe’s sovereign court mingle with the celestial beings of the forest. While at the Royal baby’s christening, each of the kingdom’s fairies gift the child a number of virtues including truth, grace, beauty, intelligence and kindness.

A jealous fairy, fallen from grace watches on, enraged that she was not invited to join the celebrations, and casts the ultimate curse, that Aurora will, on her 16th birthday, prick her finger and die. Countering the spell, the Lilac Fairy declares that a profound slumber for 100 years can save the innocent child, until she is woken by a truelove kiss.

Let Scottish Ballet cast a spell over you at their production which runs at His Majesty’s Theater, Abrdeen from Wednesday, January 18 to Saturday, January 21.