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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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4.7 average rating
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72 reviews
6 stars
attended Nov 16 2013

It was very enjoyable. I usually like ballet to be danced classically, but this was a nice variation.

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59 reviews
72 stars
attended Nov 12 2013

This dance is a must see! The costumes are so georgous and the set is beautiful. The puppet of Aurora was so ingenious. We loved every minute of it and would see it again if it comes back.

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55 reviews
43 stars
attended Nov 13 2013

Fantastic sets and costumes and a twist on the traditional story. Loved it!

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Website

http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=DODSC

Quotes & Highlights

“Britain’s most successful choreographer will blow your mind with his sheer imagination, wit, and brio.”__ -The Times of London__
“In Bourne’s clever gothic rewrite, he has triumphantly discovered something beguiling and true.” __-The Guardian__

Description

Recommended for age 7 and up.

Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a legendary ballet in 1890. Bourne takes this date as the starting point for his re-imagining, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, at the height of the fin-de-siècle period when fairies and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move to the more rigid Edwardian era, a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn, and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story!

 

The production features contributions by Tony® and Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting), with sound design by Paul Groothuis, which takes the audience into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in specially recorded surround sound. In Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story across the decades that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.

About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.