Once Upon a Time: The Sleeping Beauty is a magical experience that will make you gasp, dream and laugh. This special one-hour version of David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty is performed with a full orchestra and narrated by one of the central characters, Catalabutte. With a run-time of approximately 60-minutes, and perfect for children aged three and above, it's fun, interactive and will have the little ones twirling for joy. 

Fairies, a villain and a sleeping princess ... Once Upon a Time: The Sleeping Beauty has all the magic and wonder of the full-length production in a child-friendly format. 

Pull back the curtain on The Australian Ballet and enhance your experience with a range of special events and activities. Read on for details. 

Wed 15 Nov 2017 12:30 PM

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Step Inside The Australian Ballet

Sat 18 Nov @ 5pm - McAllister In Conversation

Don't miss this intimate event, hosted by Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David McAllister, alongside key creatives and dancers. Hear all about what makes them tick, their favourite ballets and what life is like for them on and off the stage. Your ticket also includes a drink on arrival. 

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Mon 20 Nov - Post Performance Q&A

Stay behind after the performance for a special Q&A with Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, David McAllister. This is your chance to ask us anything you have wanted to know about ballet. Ask the experts about the dancers' preparation, the costumes, sets and choreography.

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Wed 22 Nov - Music Talks

Like the dancers on stage, musicians and conductors are powerful storytellers. In these free talks, Music Director and Chief Coordinator of Orchestra Victoria, Nicolette Fraillon, will chat about the composers featured in the Australian Ballet's 2017 season. She'll explain how their cultural context influenced their music; talk about tempo, orchestral colour and texture; and give you insights into how ballet scores evolved to powerful works of art.

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Sat 25 Nov @ 6pm - Meet the Musicians

What is it like being a musician in a pit orchestra? What skills and personal attributes are important for working as part of a cohesive ensemble? Hear the outstanding artists of Orchestra Victoria talk about their passion and the dedication that drives them. 

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Sat 9 Dec @ 5pm - McAllister In Conversation

Don't miss this intimate event, hosted by Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David McAllister, alongside key creatives and dancers. Hear all about what makes them tick, their favourite ballets and what life is like for them on and off the stage. Your ticket also includes a drink on arrival.

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Tue 19 Dec @11.30am - Behind The Scenes

Join The Australian Ballet for a special peek into the daily life of their dancers where, from your theatre seat you can watch as they take class on stage and fine-tune their technique in preparation for a performance as part of their daily ritual. You'll also have the exclusive opportunity to watch one a principal couples in an intimate coaching session.

This is a unique look at what it really takes to prepare for a performance.

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  • "It’s remarkably special to perform to a large theatre of young children and families, with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. We want to create those wonderful first-time moments that will stay in their memories for years to come."

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LIBBY CHRISTIE

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