"The Sleeping Beauty" is an extraordinary ballet set to Tchaikovsky's music. It is known as the encyclopedia of classical dance. The idea for ballet based on Charles Perrault's fairytale "La Belle au bois dormant" (1697) belonged to Prince Vsevolozhsky. He decided to reconstruct the French courtier ballet of the 17th-18th centuries. The first playbills for the performance defined it as a ballet extravaganza. The ballet's store just as its first stage director, Marius Petipa, is from France. But over more than a century of its stage life, "The Sleeping Beauty" has changed its guise core than once under the hand of choreographers.
This masterpiece of ballet art, which first struck the minds and hearts in 1890, continues to enrapture even the most sophisticated modern audiences to this day. Music, written by Tchaikovsky on request from Prince Vsevolozhsky, was one of the composer's cheerful scores, embodying his dream of an ideal universe.