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“Sleeping Beauty” fascinated with music, dance and costumes


In March, children of safe homes and substitute homes all over Estonia enjoyed the fascinating ballet “Sleeping Beauty”, at the Estonian National Opera, thanks to the support of SEB Heategevus Fund. In addition to the wonderful performance, the children enjoyed another great experience – a tour of the backstage area – where they were able to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the magical world.

This time, the theatre visit started with a tour behind the stage. Many children were surprised that the theatre has its own shoemakers and seamstresses, making shoes and costumes in the theatre itself. They learned that, in addition to the dancers and ballerinas, many skilled people work in the theatre – prop makers, stage masters, painters, and makeup artists – every one of them having an important role to play. 

There was no need to interpret for those who know little Estonian, as there is no talking in ballet. Children enjoyed the beautiful music, graceful dance and beautiful costumes. They were fascinated by dancing on tiptoes in the pointe ballet shoes and by standing on tiptoes in one pose for a long time. The children concluded that ballet was a highly athletic and difficult activity and took a lot of time to learn.

During the break, the children were able to ask the dancers for autographs and to take pictures with them.

The new experience brought many emotions and the wish to watch and listen to something that beautiful again in the future. And why not – to try it on their own…

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