THE DRAMA and magic of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will be brought to life next month by pupils of the Esk Academy of Dancing.
One of the composer’s three ballets, it is one of the most famous in the classical repertoire and was first choreographed for the academy 26 years ago by principal Beryl Couper.
The story broadly follows the Brothers Grimm tale of Sleeping Beauty in which fairies are invited as godmothers to the christening of a princess. However, as her gift, a wicked fairy who was overlooked, places the princess under an enchantment, saying that, on reaching adulthood, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel of death and die. One last fairy has yet to give her gift. She partially reverses the wicked fairy’s curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years.
The enchantment comes to pass and a forest of briars springs up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world until it is discovered a century later by a prince who falls under the sleeping girl’s spell.
The production will be performed by the academy’s senior students, with former Scottish Ballet junior associate Katelyn Bedford in the role of Princess Aurora, Kevin Teviotdale as Prince Florimund and Bonnie Blair-Imrie as the Lilac Fairy.
Sleeping Beauty will run in the town hall on Friday, October 28, beginning at 7.30pm and at 2.30pm on October 29. Tickets are available from the Esk Academy in Chapel Street or Hogg’s newsagent on the High Street.
r Pictured are principal dancers Kevin Teviotdale and Katelyn Bedford.