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Watch: Why the Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate challenge for a ballerina

Principal of The Royal Ballet Akane Takada perfects one of the most notoriously difficult sections in classical ballet.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

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 FonteynDarcey 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 Sleeping Beauty runs until 14 March 2017. Tickets are sold out, but returns may become available. Further tickets are released every Friday for performances in the following week in Friday Rush.

The production will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 28 February 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

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.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Tina Cox responded on 26 February 2017 at 1:05pm Reply

    A very interesting article. I am looking forward to seeing the ballet at my local cinema on 28th. The live streaming is such a wonderful idea......

  2. Jane Gallagher responded on 28 February 2017 at 6:20pm Reply

    Well, this is just s fragment of the Rose Adagio--which is just a fragment of the whole role. It definitely requires more stamina and purer classical technique than any other ballerina role in the rep. She looks good though and I wish her well.

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