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 – senery designs





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Sleeping Beauty
    Stage
    Costumes
    Scenery
    Oral History

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN; Set Scenery Design by Barry Kay for Act II, the Hunting Scene; felt pen drawing; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; Collection Barry Kay Archive


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN; Set Scenery Design by Barry Kay for the Prologue; preliminary felt pen drawing; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; Collection Barry Kay Archive

Prologue
set design, pen drawing preceding
final coloured brush drawing   (<<)

Act II, winter scene, vison
set design, preliminary sketch   (<)


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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN - Set Scenery Design by Barry Kay for the Prologue, Carabosse positioned centre stage; Ballet Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa; Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin Bismarckstrasse Charlottenburg; première October 08, 1967; Collection Barry Kay Archive

Prologue
set design, final drawing
Carabosse centre stage


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Gouache, watercolour & appliqué

Materials: card, card board, paper,
tissue paper, paper doilies, metallic
foil, leaf gold, balsa wood, wire,
gauze, plastic drinking straws

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Prologue Stage Model, Design Barry Kay, Direction Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967 Photo Michael Werner

Prologue
Stage model, scale 1:25
Carabosse, centre stage

Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek
Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


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The image of the model is derived from a casually taken, poor-quality 35mm studio or working shot and therefore neither mirrors the true colours precisely, nor allows for enlarged viewing. The general colour scheme of the architectural structures, embellished with metal foil and beatgold, and of the floor, laid out with marbled paper, consists of buff, pale grey and antique pink. All stucco features are made of appliquéd paper doilies, the candles of the chandeliers of plastic drinking straws. It is the gold leaf covering of the backdrop and suspended wings that confers a golden shimmer to the entire set. Their life-size analogues, encompassing almost 300m², were also clad in 14-carat leaf gilding.



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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - DORNRÖSCHEN, basic floor plan of the stage, layout of architectural structures, Design Barry Kay, Direction Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967

Colourized technical drawing
of the stage floor plan and
layout of architectural structures


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backdrop  Backdrop
backstairs  Concealed stairs to upper level
colonnade  Colonnades, roofed, P & OP sides  [1]
circstairs  Semi-circular staircase & landing
floorcols  Columns, floor-mounted


flycols  Columns, suspended
plafond  Plafond, suspended
canopy  Canopy
throne  Throne with baldachin
revolve  Revolve



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Not only, according to Barry Kay, did the architecture of Russian basilicas and palaces stand godfather to his setting of The Sleeping Beauty, but also that of the lavishly and sumptuously designed Moscow metro stations and their profuse adornments of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Often referred to as people's palaces, the architecture of these stations has its roots in that of the very Tsarist palaces.


Moscow Metro, Komsomolskaya station, Zamoskvoretskaya line; model and reference to the scenery designs of the THE SLEEPING BEAUTY; Designer Barry Kay, Stage and Costume designs, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967

Moscow Metro
Komsomolskaya station
Zamoskvoretskaya line


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P & PO = Prompt & Opposite Prompt
P - Prompt Side: The left-hand side of the stage when facing the audience. Traditionally the side of the stage on which the prompt corner is situated.
OP - Opposite Prompt Side: The right-hand side of the stage when facing the audience. >> back to text

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