The images here were shot of the ballet performed by CTCB (Cape Town City Ballet) and guest artists at the Artscape opera house in Cape Town. See also previous blog posts on the lead-up to this ballet – my behind the scenes look, and also Jaunine’s different perspective.
The christening of the princess is celebrated by several fairies, the most notable and powerful being the Lilac Fairie. However the festivities are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of the evil fairy Carabosse and her minions, furious for not having been invited to the christening.
Carabosse places a curse of the baby princess – she will die on her sixteenth birthday after she pricks her finger with a spindle !
Fortunately the Lilac Fairy intervenes. She alters the curse to instead cause a 100-year sleep rather than death for the princess.
Sixteen years later the beautiful princess Aurora celebrates her birthday. She is courted by several suitors introduced to her by her doting parents.
A stranger gives her a spindle but she pricks her finger… bringing Carabosse’s curse to pass !
The stranger who gave Aurora the spindle turns out to be the evil Carabosse, who openly gloats over her perceived victory.
As promised sixteen years ago, The Lilac fairy comes to the rescue and casts a deep sleep over all present.
A hundred years later Prince Florimund, whilst on a hunting party with friends, is met by the Lilac Fairy. She convinces him to awake Aurora with a kiss.
Back at the castle everybody awakens and the King and Queen are elated. The prince proposes marriage. The ceremony is attended by many a dignitary.
The prince and princess lived happily ever after !
Cheers all round for the Cape Town City Ballet for staging such a magnificent ballet !
For more information on Cape Town City Ballet, please visit their website here.
It was pure joy being able to photograph these wonderful artists while they were preparing for this production. My deepest appreciation goes the artists and management of CTCB for indulging me in my quest for capturing their beauty and grace. Next time I might just take you up on your invitation to rehearse with you! 🙂
As always, feel free to post your comments below !