Published 29 November 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Dance production by Mats Ek, performed by the Göteborg Ballet
New première at the Göteborg Opera Wednesday December 7 at 7:30 pm

Mats Ek's interpretation of Sleeping Beauty was lauded by the critics at its 2010 première at the Göteborg Opera. Now the production, featuring several new dancers, returns to the Main Stage. Tchaikovsky's music will be performed live by the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Polianichko. Revival première on December 7.

Sleeping Beauty was created for the Hamburg Ballet in 1996 and is one of the masterpieces of Swedish dance. It is a timeless story that could easily take place here and now, right among us. The piece focuses on a young woman who rebels against her parents. Instead of pricking her finger on a spindle, she injects drugs and enters a different kind of sleep than that of the fairytale.

On December 16, another type of "première" takes place when Sleeping Beauty is to be interpreted for the blind. It is the first ever time that a regular dance performance has been interpreted for the blind. Sleeping Beauty will also be performed for school classes and as a matinée.

The Göteborg Ballet has previously danced Mats Ek's Giselle (1999) and Hon var svart (2007).

Mats Ek has worked as a choreographer for over 40 years and is one of the most important figures on the international dance scene. He was the Artistic Director of the Cullberg Ballet between 1982 and 1993. As a freelance choreographer, he has created pieces for the Hamburg Balett, Nederlands Dans Theater, Le Ballet de'l Opéra National de Paris and Compañía Nacional de Danza. Mats Ek has choreographed several pieces for the legendary Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, most recently as part of the programme Ek, Laguna, Baryshnikov at Dansens Hus (International Scene of Contemporary Dance Sweden) in Stockholm in 2009. In addition to dance productions, Mats Ek also directs theatre and opera at venues such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Swedish Royal Opera in Stockholm. He has been awarded several accolades, such as the Svenska Dagbladet Opera Award and the Royal Dramatic Theatre Ingmar Bergman Grant.

Welcome to the new première on Wednesday December 7 at 7:30 pm. To book review tickets, please contact Anita Manskog at or on 031-10 80 34 by Monday December 5 at the latest. The performance will last for approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, including a break.

Media images are available at Read more about the production and see video clips from the rehearsal at

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