June 17, 2013 by mamie
Completed Date: 4/9/13
Description: At first glance, it may not sink in that this painting represents the ballet Sleeping Beauty, but that is because the classical ballet is a little different from the relatively recent Disney movie. Even though the beautiful and basic fairy tale still holds true in both (with the christening of the baby princess, the kind fairies with their gifts, the evil fairy with her curse, the pricking of the finger, the long sleep, and the sweet kiss), the ballet has a few beloved elements of its own.
For instance, in the ballet’s story, the Lilac Fairy is the leader of all the kind fairies and plays a large role throughout the story. She softens the evil fairy’s curse, guards the kingdom throughout their deep sleep, and leads the handsome prince to awaken the lovely Aurora with a kiss. Also, during the baby’s christening at the beginning, all of the fairies give their gifts (that represent virtues, like sweetness, beauty, and courage) to Aurora through each of their unique solos, now well-associated with the ballet.
For my spring recital this year, my ballet company performed excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, and I actually got to perform a fairy solo that represented laughter. (It was so special!) Behind the wings, as all of the senior company was getting ready to go on stage, we watched the junior company perform the grand well-known waltz with flower garlands and beautiful costumes, and the effect over all of us was so inspiring. (The waltz is actually the same melody for the Disney song “Once upon a Dream,” but it was originally composed by Tchaikovsky for this ballet.)
Anyway, to me, the whole ballet represents wishes, true love, and classic fairytales, so I chose to paint Puss in Boots and the White Cat who dance with other fairytale characters (Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and even Cinderella and her Prince) at Aurora and the prince’s wedding. The cats frolic and play, but I added the rose behind them to represent the love and passion that also exists in these childhood stories, and especially in this amazing ballet.