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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 / 5 Rated by 156 members
Review from John
Red Velvet 99 events 96 reviews

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

reviewed Nov 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sassysusse
Red Velvet 117 events 63 reviews

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

reviewed Nov 13 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from SA
Red Velvet 121 events 61 reviews

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.

reviewed Nov 12 2013 report as inappropriate
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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.

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