Premiere, 23rd May 1996 / Main Stage

Ballet in three acts and a prologue
Libretto I. A. Vsevolozhsky and M. Petipa, after Perrault’s fairytale  
Conductor Angel Šurev  
Choreographer and Stage Director Vladimir Logunov after original choreography by M. Petipa
Set Designer Boris Maksimović 
Costume Designer Božana Jovanović
Costume Painting Predrag Đapić 

Premiere Cast:

The King Ratko Petrović
The Queen Svetlana Marković
Princess Aurora Ašhen Ataljanc Beuk
Prince Desire Konstantin Kostjukov
Catalabutte, the Master of Ceremonies Ljubiša Vučić
Carabosse Milica Antić
Lilac Fairy Ružica Jovanović
Prologue
Truth Fairy Marija Vještica
Wheat Fairy Ana Pavlović
Affluence Fairy Dalija Imanić
Passion Fairy Kosovka Kostjukov
Canary Fairy Marija Izrailovska
Company of Fairy Carabosse N. Buturović, G. Jovanov, M. Dujaković, N. Stanković
Company of the Lilac Fairy M. Bata, S. Feketa, T. Ivanović, I. Ivković, L. Pavlović, I. Komarić
Ladies and Gentlemen Lj. Raković, V. Rančić, T. Popović, M. Atanacković, B. Tojagić, R. Grujičić, N. Radojković, D. Ćopić
Nannies V. Đaković, I. Zbornik
I ACT
Princes D. Kasatkin, G. Stanić, B. Pavlovski, N. Stanković
Aurora’s Friends T. Ivanović, D. Imanić, M. Izrailovski, M. Varićek, M. Dragićević, S. Fekete, J. Paunović, M. Marković
Waltz T. Antonijević, M. Bata, L. Darmanović, D. Durić, B. Jovanović, G. Janković, I. Ivković, I. Komarić, L. Pavlović, V. Radenković, D. Stanojević, V. Đaković, M. Dujaković, G. Jovanov, M. Klenču, S. Mihić, J. Mitrović, D. Pajović
II ACT
Hunt M. Stamenković, Lj. Rajković, V. Rančić, T. Popović, M. Atanacković, Lj. Vučić, B. Tojagić, I. Radojković, R. Grujičić, D. Ćopić
Nereides T. Antonijević, M. Bata, L. Darmanović, D. Durić, V. Đaković, T. Ivanović, I. Ivković, G. Janković, B. Jovanović, I. Komarić, M. Marković, L. Pavlović, T. Popović, V. Radenković, S. Tomić, M. Varićak
III ACT
Precious Stones - Brilliant Dalija Imanić
Gold, Silver, Sapphire Marija Vještica, Ružica Selenić, Kosovka Kostjukov
The White Cat and The Puss-in-Boots Marija Izrailovski, Boin Pavlovski
Princess Florine and the Bluebird Jolanda Gromer, Aleksandar Adamović
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Vera Blagojević, Goran Stanić
Mazurka T. Antonijević, L. Darmanović, D. Durić, G. Janković, V. Radenković, S. Tomić, M. Dujaković, G. Jovanov, J. Mitrović, N. Stanković, D. Pajović, I. Karakaš


Ballet Masters - Associates Katarina Obradović, Robert Kljavin, Vesna Lečić, Paša Musić, Aleksandra Radošević
Music Associate Slobodan Mitić
Concertmasters Balint Varga, Iskra Uzelac
Solo cello Ilona Necić
Stage Manager Vesna Petrović
Assistant Costume Designer Katarina Grčić, Jelena Vukmirović
Mask manufactured by Tihomir Mačković
Painters Miroslav Nikolić, Miodrag Musterović, Svetislav Živković, Srđan Pušeljić
Sculptor Stanimir Pavlović
Make-Up Nijaz Memiš
Stage Master Dimitrije Radinović
Lighting Master Petar Alagić
Head Sound Master Miroslav Vuković
Head Prop Associate Dejan Janković
Special Effects Miroslav Petrović
The costumes and sets were made in workshops of the National Theatre in Belgrade. 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY ON STAGES WORLDWIDE  
Besides The Swan Lake by Peter Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty is considered to be the best known piece by the composer and, generally speaking, one of the pieces which is a must on the ballet repertoire. The Sleeping Beauty, in Russian Снящая красавица, or in European languages La Веllе au bois dormant, The Sleeping Beauty, or The Sleeping Princess was performed for the first time in January 1890 in Petrograd. The first production was choreographed by a French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa who together with Vsevolozshky wrote the libretto based on the fairytale by a French poet Charles Perrault (1628 -1703). Six years later, the ballet was performed in Milan, while when Western Europe is concerned, it was performed for the first time only in 1921 in London, choreographed by Nikolai Sergeyev, with famous dancers of Sergey Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet. Its premiere in America was in 1937, when the ballet was performed by the Philadelphia Ballet. To this day The Sleeping Beauty has a special place on all stages throughout the world with more or less divergence from its original version. However, a ballet of the same name was performed in Paris as early as in 1829, in the production of a French dancer and choreographer Jan Omer (1774–1833), to the music by a French composer Fernand Hesnov (1791 – 1833). The Sleeping Beauty’s magic world of beauty, imagination and dreams attracts with its story of a sleeping princess, a beautiful maiden who is woken up by a young charming prince after one hundred years. Glamour of court life placed in the superb set and choreography production, a large ballet ensemble with numerous soloists who interpret their variations and pas de deux, represent a special quality and attraction of the ballet. Notion of eternal fight between the good and evil, present as a basic motive in other ballets by Peter Tchaikovsky as well, has been portrayed here with abundant fantasy: there is a soul of poeticized beings in an unreal and imaginary world. This piece, titled The Bewitched Beauty, was performed for the first time on our stage on 16 June 1927, directed and choreographed by Feodor Vasilev.  
Jasmina Puljo


PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Russian composer; the most prominent Russian symphonist of XIX century; he integrated the European artism and the national sensibility. Tchaikovsky composed six symphonies (the best known is the last one, The Pathetic Symphony), overtures, concerts for the piano, violin and orchestra, chamber music, songs, piano music… His best known operas are Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and others. His best known ballets are Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker (Shchelkunchik) and others. The following ballets are currently on the National Theatre’s repertoire: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sulphides, Francesca da Rimini and Poet Tchaikovsky (libretto and choreography authored by Lidija Pilipenko, based on the P. I. Tchaikovsky’s music).


VLADIMIR LOGUNOV
Vladimir Logunov was born in 1942 in Belgrade. After graduation from the Ballet School “Lujo Davičo”, in the class of Nina Kirsanova, he was engaged as a soloist in the Ballet of the National Theatre. He interpreted numerous significant roles and won the National Theatre Award for his interpretation of Coppelius. He studied choreography in GITIS, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow. He won two bronze and one silver medal at Yugoslav Ballet Competitions in Novi Sad. In period 1980 – 1985, he worked as a Manager of the Ballet Company in the National Theatre. He was engaged as a choreographer in the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, in Split, Zagreb, for Ballet Festival in Ljubljana, in the Ragusa Ballet in Italy, in Cyprus…
At present, he is cooperating with the Ballet of the National Theatre in Belgrade and Ballet School “Lujo Davičo”. His choreographic opus consists of the following ballets: Don Quixote (L. Minkus), The Sleeping Beauty (P. I. Tchaikovsky), Carmen (Shchedrin / Bizet), Forma viva (A. Vivaldi), Carmina Burana (C. Orff), Serenade (P. I. Tchaikovsky), A Poem about Love (S. Divjaković), New World Symphony (A. Dvorak), Symphony C (G. Bizet), The Meeting (Prokofiev / Senneville), Cartoon (Z. Erić), Shchelkunchik (P. I. Tchaikovsky), Autumn rain (D. Shostakovich), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Elgar / Đuričić).  It looks like the music of this ballet will be one of my best works. The story line is so poetic, so rewarding for the music, that I was thrilled while writing it. I was writing it with such warmth and will, which are always conditioned by all good works of art.


What a success this new production of The Sleeping Beauty is! A ballet performance is always an event. But when it is about the ballets of P. I. Tchaikovsky, especially  The Sleeping Beauty, then everything turns into a fairy tale or happens like in one and is supported by music as its stimulus and source.
Slobodan Turlakov


Logunov tried to convey and to revitalize this “beauty” of the classical ballet, and he succeeded in it, together with the rest of his team, but he also kept its originality and poetics of the “old-fashioned” academic style of dancing and the structure of creating a classical ballet.
Irena Krešic

PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Russian composer; the most prominent Russian symphonist of XIX century; he integrated the European artism and the national sensibility. Tchaikovsky composed six symphonies (the best known is the last one, The Pathetic Symphony), overtures, concerts for the piano, violin and orchestra, chamber music, songs, piano music… His best known operas are Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and others. His best known ballets are Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker (Shchelkunchik) and others.
The following ballets are currently on the National Theatre’s repertoire: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sulphides, Francesca da Rimini and Poet Tchaikovsky (libretto and choreography authored by Lidija Pilipenko, based on the P. I. Tchaikovsky’s music)