Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England
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The Sleeping Beauty / Dornröschen – costume designs





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Sleeping Beauty
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The Sleeping Beauty designs by Barry Kay

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for a Princess Aurora; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for the Bluebird; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection

Princess Aurora, Act II
costume design for Lynn Seymour   (<<)
tutu detail


Bluebird
costume design for Falco Kapuste   (<)


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Priest with acolytes, Prologue
costume drawing

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for the Priest, prologue; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for the Priest, prologue; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.



Victoria & Albert Museum
Theatre & Performance Collections


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Russian boyar
costume drawing

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for a RUSSIAN BOYAR; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for a Prince; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.

Prince, one of four
costume drawing


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Wedding guest, Act III
costume drawing

private Australian collection

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for a female Wedding Guest, Aurora's Wedding; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Costume Design by Barry Kay for a DWARF, one of two attendants to CARABOSSE; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.

Dwarf, one of two attendants to Carabosse
costume drawing

private Australian collection


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Barry Kay modelled his character costume designs for The Sleeping Beauty on the fashion in vogue at the Russian imperial court during the 18th and 19th centuries, which originated at the French court and subsequently at other European courts, who adopted the French style but also incorporated it into their own. He set the beginning of the ballet in the eras of the late Baroque and the Rococo. Princess Aurora's awakening, following Prince Florimund's kiss one hundred years later, advanced the action to the fashion period of eclecticism, known as Gründerstil in Germany, that had its counterpart in the style of the late-Victorian epoch.



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The Sleeping Beauty designs by Barry Kay

Gerhard Bohner as Carabosse
Photo Ilse Buhs   stage shot

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - stage costume for CARABOSSE designed by Barry Kay; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; event Berliner Festwochen 1967


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - stage costume for CARABOSSE superimposed with darwings of two Dwarfs; design by Barry Kay; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; private Australian collection.

Carabosse with dwarf attendants
demonstration assembly


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To accentuate the might and fierceness of the wicked fairy, Carabosse, Barry Kay devised a pair of cute Dwarf characters, a male and a female, as her attendants. According to oral history handed down by him, the dress fittings with the little people posed some unusual circumstances. He and the wardrobe staff of the Deutsche Oper Berlin very much enjoyed working with them, as much as they relished being the centre of attention when placed onto a cutting table to have their dresses fitted.



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