Reimagining Sleeping Beauty
Reimagining Sleeping Beauty is music composed by Craig Harris for the dance theater Ballet of the Dolls’ production “Sleeping Beauty,” produced in 2003. In the scenario for this show the Prince does not release Sleeping Beauty from her deep sleep with a kiss, and then live happily ever after together. Rather, Sleeping Beauty remains in hibernation in the middle of the forest until she is found after 100 years, and she is put on exhibition in a museum. Sleeping Beauty awakens and finds herself in our current era, faced with confusing notions about beauty and meaning in life. Created in 2003, this project was originally developed in collaboration with Artistic Director/Choreographer Myron Johnson and dance-theater company Ballet of the Dolls, and produced at the company’s space The Dance Factory. Reimagining Sleeping Beauty has been adapted from that original scenario.
Composer: Craig Harris
Piano & Sound Design: Craig Harris
Concept and Scenario by Craig Harris and Myron Johnson
Voices: Lisa Conlin, Zhauna Franks, Candy Kuehn, Maya Harris, Lea Harris, Craig Harris, Grant Whittaker, Robert Skafte, Steven Carlino, Michael deLeon
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|Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite - Music Compilation|
Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite– compilation of music by Craig Harris composed for Ballet of the Dolls’ dance theater production Sleeping Beauty. Excerpts for each movement are provided in the individual track list below. The CD format version of the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite also includes the music from The Red Shoes Ballet Suite.
|The Museum, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “The Museum,” Sleeping Beauty has been found in the modern era, sleeping in her casket deep in the forest, and is placed on display in a museum. “She looks so alive!” “Do you think she can hear us?” “What do you think she dreams about?” “There’s no life without Beauty.”
|Beauty Awakens, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “ Beauty Awakens” Sleeping Beauty wakes up in her coffin, and finds herself alone in the museum in what is clearly a different time. She exits the coffin and explores her new state of consciousness and the foreign environment.
|Wall Street, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Wall Street” Sleeping Beauty escapes from the museum in a state of confusion and anxiety, and ventures out onto New York City’s Wall Street in the modern era.
|Makeover, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
Sleeping Beauty goes through a “Makeover” from her former existence as a princess from a long past era, and is discovered by a fashion director who makes her over into a model beauty mega-star.
|Only in My Dreams, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Only in My Dreams” Beauty experiences modern society through the dreams of those around her.
|Lookalike, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Lookalike” Beauty’s exquisite beauty captures the world, and women all around her take on her look, raising tension and anxiety about the importance of visual versus deep beauty.
|Gabriverdi - The Royal Family Welcomes the Birth of Beauty, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Gabriverdi – the Royal Family Welcomes the Birth of Beauty” Beauty is terribly disturbed by her experience and regresses to her previous life, revisiting the royal kingdom into which she was born over a century ago.
|Beauty is..., from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
“Beauty Is…” is an exploration of the nature, origin and meaning of Beauty:
Who is Beauty? What is Beauty? Where does Beauty come from? Does Beauty have a place in the modern world?
|Deep Sleep, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Deep Sleep” Beauty realizes that modern ideas about Beauty and meaning in life are fleeting and superficial, and that she has no place in the modern world. She returns to her casket, relives the experience pricking her finger on the spinning wheel, and falls back into a deep sleep.
|Fairy Tale, from the Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite|
In “Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale” Beauty is asleep in her casket. Was Sleeping Beauty’s experience real, or was it all a dream?