Cork City Ballet presents ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ at Cork Opera House in November.


Cork City Ballet in association with Cork Opera House, Cork City Council, RedFM and Benchmark International presents Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece – ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ at the Cork Opera House from Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th November (with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30 pm). Directed by CCB’s Artistic Director Alan Foley, and choreographed by our chief choreographer Yury Demakov, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ reawakens the magic of the world’s favourite fairy-tale in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests, and fairies.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Princess Aurora lived in a castle where fairies bestowed her with gifts of joy, wit, generosity, temperament, purity and of course beauty. However, the wicked Fairy Carabosse put a curse on Aurora; to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday. But the Lilac Fairy cast a spell putting her to sleep for a hundred years, only to be awoken by the kiss of a Prince.

The leading role of Princess Aurora will be danced by prima ballerina Katerina Petrova, and her Prince will be her husband Tsetso Ivanov, both stars with the Sofia State Ballet in Georgia. They will be joined by soloists and a full corps de ballet from Cork City Ballet.

Speaking at the recent launch of this production, Artistic Director Alan Foley said, “I am delighted that ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, with its beautiful score, magnificent choreography and stunning sets and costumes is in the repertoire for Nov – 2024. It is the perfect family favourite.”

“Expertise is a good partner, but no substitute for sophistication…. Foley’s vision, approach and style are utterly sophisticated.” Irish Times
[ENDS] For further information or images please contact: Colette McNamee, Press Officer, Cork City Ballet Company, Tel: 087-2437095 Email: