The Sleeping Beauty is one of those classic fairy tales that every child should know. But we’re betting they’ve never experienced it like this. The Australian Ballet has created the Storytime Ballet series especially for children from three years old, which is touring nationally to introduce them to the enchanting world of ballet.
The ballet company has had young people in mind at every point of the artistic process. Live and interactive, the production will be less than an hour in length and children will have the opportunity to learn about ballet in pre-show activities. It is being billed as the perfect first ballet for children.
The Sleeping Beauty is on at Chatswood in Sydney until December 30, 2015 before travelling to Wollongong, Penrith, Canberra, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Caloundra and Logan for the summer school holidays.
Australian Ballet executive director Libby Christie says the project was created in response to the overwhelming popularity of the company’s programs for children. “In recent years, we have been amazed by the growing appetite among younger ballet participants. Over 420,000 children participate in dance activities across Australia every week,” Ms Christie says.
“As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to providing creative experiences and programs to inspire young imaginations. This will be the first time the company has toured for children in this scale.”
The Sleeping Beauty promises to be visually spectacular – and will have some surprise guest appearances from Princess Aurora’s fairy tale friends Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
(images via Jeff Busby)