Learn and Explore

Sleeping Beauty

Enjoy some practical learning resources for teachers and students, hear from our creative team, cast and crew, and learn some movement from the show.

Pre-Show Resource
Provides an intro to the show, breakdown of themes and movement exercises for teachers to use with students in advance.

Full Learning Resource
This resource is geared towards GCSE, A Level & BTEC students, designed for use alongside seeing the production.

Download our pdf resources

Enjoy backstage interviews with the cast and creative team

Get moving with the New Adventures team

Discover how we create movement material and delve into the repertoire of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty with New Adventures Dance Artists Kerry Biggin, Isaac Bowry, Nicole Kabera, Glenn Graham, Daisy May Kemp and Dominic North. Our exercises and activities are adapted for GCSE, A Level & BTEC students and those with a general level of dance experience, however anyone can try these at home!

Meet the Dance Artists
Autumnus, Fairy of Plenty
  • Learn a section of this Fairy solo from Act 1
  • The Fairies enter the Royal Palace to bestow gifts on Baby Aurora
  • Suitable for BTEC | ALEVEL and above

The Royal Garden Party

The Royal Garden Party – Social Dance

  • Seen in Act 2 at Auroras coming of age party at the Royal Palace.
  • This dance is Inspired by The Castle Walk (social dance of the era) originated by Vernon and Irene Castle.
  • Learn a section of partnered choreography.
  • Suitable for general level | GCSE | BTEC | ALEVEL.

Sleepwalkers – Choreography and Creative Task

  • Learn an adapted phrase from the sleepwalker’s section
  • Seen in Act 3 – signifying Aurora sleeping for 100 years and the passing of time we enter the world of sleep where lonely figures search for lost loves.
  • Swaying, sleeping the movement has lots of swing and sleeping motifs.

Creative Task

  • Continuing in the world of sleep this chance creative task uses numbers and words to create movement and sleeping motifs to develop solos and duets/trios.
  • This can be added to the sleepwalker’s choreography to build a longer section.
  • Suitable for general level.
  • Modifications including seated option.
The Red Act

Present Day – The Red Act Choreography and Creative Task

  • The evil of the good and evil story.
  • Learn movement from the red act as Caradoc’s wedding guests arrive.
    Sharp, Stylish and fierce the movement is crisp and has tons of attitude.
  • Suitable for general level.
  • Modifications including seated option.

Zodiac Creative Task

  • Continuing at Caradoc’s party, experience how the company created this movement using zodiac signs and images as inspiration to create movement.
  • Solos building into a question-and-answer duet which can be linked to the choreography to create a longer section.

Find out more about Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty