This design has been worn by some of the National Ballet’s most distinguished dancers, including Veronica Tennant, Nadia Potts, Vanessa Harwood, Karen Kain and Chan Hon Goh. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, The Sleeping Beauty features opulent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis. The gold and silver encrusted sets and costumes for the National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty reflect both the opulence of the 1890s Imperial Russian Court, and the majesty of the court of Louis XIV.
Rudolf Nureyev, who had performed in every major company around the world and had given critically acclaimed performances of most male roles in the ballet canon, was considered ballet royalty. When he staged his Sleeping Beauty on the National Ballet the company had earned a faithful following in Canada but was little known internationally. Following a performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, which received rave reviews, the position of The National Ballet of Canada as one of the best dance companies in the world was solidified.