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Angelina Ballerina

23 agosto, 2008

Angelina Ballerina's very first live ballet is performed by eight members of English National Ballet

This magical introduction to ballet for children from the age of 3 upwards features music from The Sleeping Beauty and dazzling sets and costumes. Don't miss this rare treat to see Angelina Ballerina dance her pirouettes and grand jetés in front of a live audience.

“It’s enough to tickle almost anyone’s inner child.”

The Times on Angelina’s Star Performance

Angelina Ballerina™, the little star with big dreams will once again take to the stage with English National Ballet in her first live ballet Angelina’s Star Performance for a 15 week tour across the UK, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre in September. The Autumn Tour follows a hugely success Tours in 2007 and 2008 which saw Angelina Ballerina entertain over 150,000 Angelina fans across the UK. English National Ballet has had an overwhelmingly positive audience response to Angelina’s Star Performance including:

“We had a fantastic evening. It was a wonderful and fun ballet. My daughter loved it.”

“My youngest repeatedly said on the way home that it’s the best thing she’s ever seen. When she woke up this morning she asked if we could go again tonight!”

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina's Star Performance – Angelina Ballerina

Photo:Helen Craig. Ltd. And Kathearine Holabird

Helen Craig and Katharine Holabird, the creators of the Angelina Ballerina character and books, said: “We attended Angelina’s Star Performance several times, and thought it was absolutely beautiful and wonderfully funny. This sparkling and original ballet is a magical theatrical experience for young and old alike.” With a cast of English National Ballet’s dancers, Angelina’s Star Performance offers a unique introduction for boys and girls aged 3+ years to experience their first live ballet.

Angelina’s Star Performance is based upon author Katherine Holabird’s and Illustrator Helen Craig’s successful and timeless book Angelina at the Palace which follows Angelina as she prepares to stage her own performance of The Sleeping Beauty, at the request of the Queen in her splendid palace. She even has a real life Princess, Princess Valentine, to star alongside her in the show. It’s Angelina's biggest challenge yet… will she manage to pull it off?

Angelina Ballerina's Star Performance

Choreography by Antony Dowson and English National Ballet
Music by Tchaikovsky

Angelina has been invited to the Palace to put on her very first ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.

Angelina’s Star Performance is choreographed by Antony Dowson, with costumes, based on the original Angelina Ballerina drawings, by Wizzy Shawyer and set designs from Al Riches.

Angelina’s Star Performance runs for 1 hour and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina's Star Performance – Angelina Ballerina
Photo:Helen Craig. Ltd. And Kathearine Holabird

The story of the ballet

Angelina has been invited to the Palace to put on her very first ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.

Act I – The rehearsal
Photo by Patrick BaldwinAngelina arrives at the Palace with Miss Lilly, Alice, Henry and William – they are all very excited!

Angelina and Alice look longingly at the picture of the Queen and Angelina finds a crown that she can’t resist trying on. When the Queen and Princess Valentine enter the room Angelina is dancing with the crown. Angelina realises the Queen and the Princess are watching her and is a bit embarrassed, but then Phoebe tumbles in, and captures everyone’s attention by knocking the crown off Angelina’s head and cheekily putting it on herself.

Miss Lilly and the Queen introduce all the mice to each other. Angelina, Alice, William and Valentine go off to begin rehearsals, meanwhile Phoebe goes the other way looking very mischievous. Henry explores the Palace, but he gets the sense that he’s being followed. Suddenly he finds himself face to face with a ghost! Poor Henry is shocked and his heart beats very fast, but when the ghost helps him up he realises that it’s just Phoebe. Henry thinks this is very funny, and sets off with Phoebe in search of someone else to scare.

Angelina is giving each of her friends a role for the ballet: Angelina will be Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty. Alice is the Lilac Fairy, William is the Prince and Valentine is the Carnation Fairy. As they start rehearsals, the mice try out their ballet moves for the first time, but when Valentine dances they can’t believe it – she’s the worst dancer ever! Angelina tries to help Valentine to learn her steps while everyone else practises. But while Angelina and Valentine are concentrating, Henry and Phoebe are jumping out and scaring the others. They scamper off laughing and Angelina and Valentine wonder where on earth everyone has gone.

Angelina has had enough, and she orders a run through of the performance. They all take their places, but… it’s a disaster! Oh dear, Angelina is cross because the run through didn’t go well. Everyone else is cross because they think Angelina hasn’t had any time for them.They have had enough and they leave Angelina all on her own – she feels terrible and she’s so worried about the show that she bursts into tears.

Suddenly, Angelina hears crying from somewhere else. It’s Valentine and she’s upset too. Angelina comforts Valentine and realises that the show must go on! She calls the others and says sorry for getting cross with them, and they all make friends. It’s time for the last rehearsal. Everyone is ready, even Henry and Phoebe!

Act II – The performance
The Queen makes a grand entrance to see the performance, and takes her seat in the royal box. The performance begins with the Christening of baby Aurora. The Lilac Fairy and Daisy Fairy present gifts but the evil Carabosse turns up and declares a curse on the Princess.

Years later it’s Princess Aurora’s birthday and she is to choose a husband. Four suitors try to impress her with gifts– a necklace, a bracelet and a bow. The fourth is Carabosse in disguise who gives her a spinning wheel. Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle of the spinning wheel and Carabosse is triumphant. Aurora and her entire kingdom fall asleep.

The Prince is hunting on his horse in the forest when he meets the Lilac Fairy. She shows him a vision of the beautiful Princess Aurora and he falls in love. The Prince hacks his way through the forest to find the beautiful Princess, defeating Carabosse on his way. When he finds Aurora, she is fast asleep, and he can’t wake her up. The Lilac Fairy tells him to kiss her, and when he does she wakes up and falls in love at first sight. There is a big celebration as the Prince and Princess are married. Now it is time for Valentine as the Carnation Fairy to dance. Valentine is nervous, so Angelina, as Princess Aurora, dances with her.

The performance is a triumph, and everyone is very happy. The Queen is joined by Miss Lilly on the stage and they congratulate Angelina on a fantastic show.

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina's Star Performance – Angelina Ballerina

Photo:Helen Craig. Ltd. And Kathearine Holabird

About English National Ballet

English National Ballet is an internationally acclaimed classical ballet company touring nationally and internationally from its studio base in London. In recent years English National ballet has performed nationally and internationally, including at the Palace of Versailles and at ‘Concert for Diana’ in Wembley Stadium. In 2008, the 64 dancers and full orchestra perform in cities including, Southampton, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London.

The original aspiration for the Company – to take popular ballet to the widest geographical audience at a price everyone can afford – remains as valid today as it was when first expressed by the Company’s founders over 50 years ago. This aspiration is realised in an extensive national and international touring programme, reasonable ticket prices (prices start at £10 for all performances), discounts for children and the extensive education programmes the Company runs.

With an outstanding reputation for artistic excellence, an English National Ballet performance is a treat for all the senses. For the latest national and international touring information and to book online, visit English National Ballet’s website at www.ballet.org.uk

About Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goal and along the way, always learns from her mistakes. When little girls share in Angelina’s experiences, they’re inspired to go after their big dreams too.

For more information about Angelina Ballerina, please visit www.angelinaballerina.com

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Angelina Ballerina and English National Ballet

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