21 February 2017 at 12.30pm | 2 Comments
For many ballerinas, the role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty is the role they aspire to dance from a very young age.
Principal of The Royal Ballet Akane Takada is no different and in this film she explains why it is such an iconic role for dancers, as well as revealing the role's technical challenges.
The film sees Takada and Bulgarian dancer Valeri Hristov perfect the ballet’s famous ‘Rose Adage’ – one of the most challenging pieces of choreography in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.
The set-piece requires extremely precise technique, as attested to by Takada:
‘The Rose Adage is the hardest part of the ballet,’ reveals the Japanese dancer. ‘You stand on one leg and balance as you take each prince's hand one by one – you really need stamina for it.’
The film focuses on the endurance and strength required to execute the dance’s challenging balances. Over the decades it has been performed by some of the Company’s most famous female dancers including Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell and Marianela Nuñez.
‘Now that I’ve done it,' says Takada, who made her debut as Princess Aurora in 2014, 'I know that it’s the most difficult role that I’ve ever done.’
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The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Hans and Julia Rausing, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and is sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, with the original production (2006) made possible by The Linbury Trust, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson and Marina Hobson OBE.