Unpacking Aurora's Dream

In the process of restaging “Aurora’s Dream,” about a year after our last performance of it in Bogota, I realized that some of the characters were not as defined in my head as they once were. To provide clarification for my new cast, I’ve assembled the following portraits.

Spirits:The spirits are people of the kingdom: king, queen, and townsfolk. They are there in Sleeping Beauty’s life and mind, but they are remote, thin, assembled from pieces since she has had but little contact with them growing up. They complement the other characters: falling into Sleeping Beauty’s unconscious, drawn to light as Sleeping Beauty is in her quest to wake up; connecting with the fairy, who kisses them awake like children; and then ushering in the end of the dream.

Fairy: the fairy symbolizes the Fates. She has power, but it is limited. She may dictate someone’s death, but it may be forestalled, as Althaea stole the fated brand from the fire and kept it and Meleager safe, for a time. Thus, the fairy in “Aurora’s Dream” cannot fly, though she leaps through the air. Despite a carefully performed ritual, she cannot wake Sleeping Beauty.

Prince: The Prince is a trickster figure. He transgresses boundaries, but serves a social function. He breathes down Sleeping Beauty’s neck, but saves her from falling; wrestles with her, but pulls off her blindfold. The traditional prince is, similarly, an antihero: he creeps into Sleeping Beauty’s bedroom and takes advantage of her, but he also wakes her from her coma.

Aurora: Aurora is the hero. Her quest is to wake up. The fairy is powerless to help. Sleeping Beauty knocks the fairy off her pedestal to interrupt her useless incantation. Sleeping Beauty is blindfolded during her dream to represent that she is not yet whole, has not yet integrated her conscious and unconscious selves. Sleeping Beauty traces The Prince’s body during her dream, sculpting him as the shadow figure of her psyche, the embodiment of her fears, which she must face in order to leave the underworld.

Photos by Siobhan Hannah.

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