THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The King and the Queen are celebrating the birth of their daughter – Princess Aurora. The magnificent hall of the palace is filled by arriving guests. Catalabutte, the master of ceremonies, greets them. The Lilac Fairy arrives with her suite and the other Good Fairies of Tenderness, Playfulness, Generosity, Audacity, and Carelessness. But the evil Fairy Carabosse is also here. The King’s dismay and fear grow stronger when he finds out that Catalabutte has forgotten to include Carabosse in the list of those invited. Ablaze with her desire for revenge, Carabosse summons an image of the young Aurora, and predicts that she will die from pricking her finger with a knitting spindle. The King and the Queen, the Good Fairies and the courtiers beg her to have mercy on Aurora, but in vain. Carabosse is deaf to their pleas. The Lilac Fairy promises to protect the Princess. Carabosse tries to push aside the Good Fairy, but her efforts are futile. Carabosse loses this battle of good and evil, and leaves the hall. The King issues an order, prohibiting the use of spindles in his kingdom.
The fairy Carabosse and her servants create obstacles for the Prince, to prevent him from reaching the castle where Aurora is sleeping. Evil forces sent by Carabosse attack the Prince. He drives them away and makes a path for himself. He is at the bed of the sleeping Aurora. The evil Fairy Carabosse’s magic spell is broken; Aurora wakes up, together with the whole Kingdom. The King and the Queen give their blessing to Desire and Aurora.
The sumptuous wedding of Aurora and Desire. The fairies of Lilac, Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, and Silver, have come to congratulate them. Perrault’s fairy-tale characters are among the many guests: Florine and the Bluebird, Puss-in-Boots and the Little Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb and his brothers, chased by a giant. Dances illustrating episodes from different fairy-tales take turns. Finally, Aurora and Desire arrive, dressed in festive attire. The celebration is concluded by a dance of mazurka performed by everyone present. They all praise the Lilac Fairy – the embodiment of all-conquering and all-triumphant Good.