Tchaikovsky wrote three ballets, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty is the most significant among them – and the least-often performed. The reason lies in the elaborate and difficult original choreography, which only a few companies are capable of bringing off – the Mariinsky Ballet being first and foremost among them. The logistics necessary in order to transport the dancers, structures, costumes, and musicians from Russia to Germany are also beyond the capacities of most companies. And so every performance becomes a celebration, an event to which ballet fans travel from near and far. Now the time has come again, and we can’t wait for the performance.