Dazzling dancing, sparkling tutus and enchanting music… The Australian Ballet returns with Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty – the perfect ballet for children will run in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from December 2017 to January 2018.
The Australian Ballet’s first mainstage production created especially for children aged three years old and up, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage this classical ballet featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
“After the success of the first season of Storytime Ballet in 2015, it’s wonderful to be able to keep bringing productions to our youngest ballet fans,” said Artistic Director David McAllister. “The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s most-loved story ballets and it has been fantastic to create this immersive experience for families. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet for children, as they follow this classic story of a sleeping princess and a prince searching for his true love.”
With a performance duration of just under an hour, designed to suit kids under the age of eleven, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the ballet. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and can interact with the performers on stage. Storytime Ballet is sure to become an annual family favourite.
Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty plays Arts Centre Melbourne (13 – 17 December); before heading to Sydney Opera House (20 – 29 December); The Concourse, Chatswood (3 – 6 January); The Events Centre, Caloundra (10 – 11 January); The Arts Centre Gold Coast (13 January); Brisbane Powerhouse (16 – 20 January); and Bunjil Place, Narre Warren (24 – 25 January). For more information, visit: www.australianballet.com.au for details.
Image: Artists of The Australian Ballet in Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty – photo by Jeff Busby