Alena Shkatula as princess Aurora and Denis Klimuk as prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Choreography by Marius Petipa, new redaction by Toomas Edur, Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Shot during dress rehearsal on 13.11.2014 in Estonia.
Alena Shkatula is first soloist with Estonian National Ballet. She graduated from Minsk Ballet School in 2003. In 2001–2003 she danced in the ballet troupe of Belarus Opera, as demi-soloist. She became a soloist in 2003. Since 2008 she is the soloist of the Estonian National Ballet.
Denis Klimuk is first soloist with Estonian National Ballet. He was born in Belarus. Denis was soloist of the ballet of the National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus, later joined Boris Eifman Ballet. Since 2014 with Estonian National Ballet.
The Sleeping Beauty (Rus: Спящая красавица) is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (his opus 66). The score was completed in 1889, and is the second of his three ballets. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa. The premiere performance took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890. The work has become one of the classical repertoire’s most famous ballets.
Photos by Jack Devant © with kind permission of the Estonian National Ballet, Toomas Edur and Age Oks, special thanks to Ylla Veerg.