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 – stage presentation





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Sleeping Beauty
    Stage
    Costumes
    Scenery
    Oral History

Ballet


prologue, three acts



Choreography
Music
Plot


Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa
Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky
Based on the eponymous fairy tale


Scenery
Costumes


Barry Kay
Barry Kay



Direction
Company
Conductor
Orchestra
Lighting


Kenneth MacMillan
Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Ashley Lawrence
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Willi Rosumek



Characters
King Florestan
Queen
Princess Aurora
Prince Florimund
Good Fairy
Carabosse
Crystal Fairy
Garden Fairy
Fairy of the Forest
Bird Fairy
Vine Fairy
Cattalabutte
Princes
Countess
Jewel Fairies

Bluebirds
Siamese Cats
Mazurka

Additional roles


Cast in order of appearance
Gert Heruth
Lilo Herbeth
Lynn Seymour
Rudolf Holz
Vergie Derman
Gerhard Bohner
Gloria Bärwald
Hannelore Peters
Dorothea Binner
Marion Cito
Silvia Kesselheim
Hans Dillmann
Klaus Beelitz, Gert Schulze, Kurt Wrentschur & Edward Cyré
Katia Dubois
Hannelore Peters, Marion Cito, Dorothea Binner, Drita Krüzin,
Angela Schmidt & Gloria Bärwald
Silvia Kesselheim & Falco Kapuste
Monika Radamm & Hans Werner Botzenhard
Katia Dubois & Gert Schulze

Gentlemen, Girl Friends, Nymphs & Companions of the Good Fairy:
Ballet Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper




Venue
Event
Première


Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bismarckstraße, Charlottenburg
Berliner Festwochen 1967
8 October 1967



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The Sleeping Beauty stage shot Prologue

photo Ilse Buhs   Prologue
Princess Aurora's birth celebrations

Barry Kay Set Design for the ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty' - 'Dornröschen', stage shot of the prologue, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967, choreography Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa


Barry Kay Set Design for the ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty' - 'Dornröschen', stage shot of Act I, Garland Dance, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967, choreography Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa

The Sleeping Beauty stage shot Act I

Act I
Princess Auarora's 16th birthday ball

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photos Heinz Köstler   Act II, scene 1
winter scene, the vision

Barry Kay Set Design for the ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty' - 'Dornröschen', stage shot of Act II, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967, choreography Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa


Barry Kay Set Design for the ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty' - 'Dornröschen', stage shot of Act III, Princess Aurora's Wedding, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1967, choreography Kenneth MacMillan after Marius Petipa

Act III
wedding of Prince Florimund & Princess Aurora

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Internationally, dance critics raved about The Sleeping Beauty and acclaimed it in superlatives. Considered a milestones in ballet history and ballet design, the production is well-remembered many years past its première, as the following comments attest:

In his testimonial about Barry Kay, Clement Crisp, Financial Times, wrote in 1985: "The stature of his talent was, I think, fully revealed in The Sleeping Beauty which he designed for Kenneth MacMillan's Berlin staging in 1967."

In 1987, Jack Anderson, The New York Times, commented: Sir Kenneth's production of the "The Sleeping Beauty for the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1967 ... was visually unconventional. He and his designer, Barry Kay, set the action in Russia and had the heroine awake from her sleep in Tchaikovsky's era."

In 2006, Klaus Geitel, Berliner Morgenpost, referred to the production as "a dream".

In a 2006 article entitled 'Choreographic Crown Jewels', the dance critic Horst Koegler writes: "The 1967 staging of MacMillan's The Sleeping Beauty was arguably the most magical of all ballet presentations in Germany since World War II, an exceptional staging of enduring memory that attained a character all of its own through Barry Kay's décor of a winter's tale, that transplants the work from its French-Russian ambience directly into the heart of the Russian Empire, the Kremlin in Moscow."



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