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This event is scheduled to begin at 7.00pm GMT on 26 February 2021. The performance will last approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. If the event does not begin automatically, please refresh the page.
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Saturday 20 February 2021 marks 75 years since The Royal Ballet reopened the Royal Opera House after World War II with a performance of this classic ballet. We are excited to celebrate this anniversary by streaming our 2020 recording of the landmark production, which was restored to its original staging by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006.
Marius Petipa's masterful, 19th-century choreography is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of ballet repertory gems – the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, the lilting Garland Waltz, the 'Vision' Pas de deux, when Prince Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.
Live performance is a shared experience, and our audiences are at the heart of what we do on our stages, backstage, online, in cinemas and in our communities. This year’s global pandemic has affected all arts organisations across the world. We have lost £3 in every £5 of our income, and any Government loan will take us only part of the way. We need your help to bring artists back to our stages. Please consider making a donation to the Royal Opera House Recovery Campaign.
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The 2020/21 Ballet Season is generously supported by Aud Jebsen.
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing
Streaming generously supported by The Foyle Foundation
Original production (2006) made possible by the Linbury Trust, Simon and Virginia Robertson and Marina Hobson OBE.