Cincinnati Ballet opens The Sleeping Beauty this weekend


Be swept up in the romance of The Sleeping Beauty this Valentine’s Day weekend. First staged almost 130 years ago, Sleeping Beauty is the epitome of classical ballet. The stunning production is set to the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The Sleeping Beauty tells the familiar story of Princess Aurora, a beautiful girl cursed by an evil fairy. Carabosse, angry that she was not invited to the christening of the princess, casts a spell that Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and die on her 16th birthday. Luckily, the good Lilac fairy softens the curse, causing Aurora takes a 100-year sleep until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. Not just a love story, Sleeping Beauty is a fairy tale ballet that also includes characters such as Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood, sure to delight the whole family.

This is the first time Cincinnati Ballet has staged Sleeping Beauty since the 2010-2011 Season. The production is choreographed by Devon Carney after Marius Petipa. Mr. Carney is currently the Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet and served from 2002 to 2013 as Cincinnati Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director. It was during his tenure in the Queen City when he created and premiered his full-length version of the beloved ballet to great critical acclaim. Mr. Carney returned to Cincinnati this season to re-stage the production. “It’s a 21st century version that pays homage to a 19th century classic,” Carney said. “Cincinnati is where I first staged Sleeping Beauty. If you’re going to be called a ballet company and have the world ‘ballet’ in your title, you need to do these great classics and do them well. I’m thrilled that I was asked to come back and do it. It feels like home.”

Audiences will also be the first to see more than 40 beautiful, hand-sewn tutus on stage, created by longtime Cincinnati Ballet Wardrobe Mistress Diana Adams. Each tutu took between 80 and 120 hours to build. The new creations will join dazzling sets and costumes first used by the Royal Ballet, designed by the late English ballet designer Peter Farmer.

The Sleeping Beauty runs 2 hours, 25 minutes with one intermission. For more information, visit



Cincinnati Ballet

Choreography: Devon Carney

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone


The Sleeping Beauty


Thursday, February 14 – 7:30 pm

Friday, February 15 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 16 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 16 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 17 – 1:00 pm

Sunday, February 17 – 6:30 pm


Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Jackie Reau