这部3幕舞剧，OP．66，作于1888—1889年，由编舞佩蒂巴(Petipa)与柴科夫斯基共同撰脚本。1890年1月15日首演，故事取材于法国作家贝洛的童话，描述弗洛雷斯唐王14世公主生日庆典由于忘记了邀请恶神卡波拉斯，得罪了恶神。后卡波拉斯起到，预言公主在满16岁成为一位美人时将因纺锤碰伤而死，众宾客大惊失色。这时紫丁香精，善神西连妮出来施展她自己的力量说：公主未必因磁伤而死，但必须长睡100年，然后将借助一位美貌的王子的吻而复生，并同王子成婚。此后，国王下令毁掉全国的纺锤。但15年后，公主还是因纺锤碰伤，与其他宫中人一起昏睡了近百年。后来，一个青年王子到荒废的宫廷，见四处荆棘丛生，在荆棘中见一美丽的公主长眠于其中。他俯首吻公主，公主苏醒，宫中其他人也相继苏醒，共庆王子与公主成婚。Synopsis of the Ballet
The king anxiously awaits the birth of his only child. At last the infant arrives. The king calls for a grand christening celebration to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings on his daughter, Aurora. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song, and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse; she is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.
Carabosse and her entourage prepare the poisoned needle and hide it in a bouquet of flowers for Aurora.
It is Aurora's 18th birthday. The palace gardens are decorated and the celebrations begin. Aurora receives four suitors who honor her with gifts of roses. During the festivities Aurora clutches Carabosse's flowers, pricks her finger and faints away. Carabosse reveals herself in triumph and vanishes. The Lilac Fairy returns to fulfill her promise. Aurora is carried inside the palace where she and the court will sleep until the arrival of the prince.
One hundred years later, Prince Florimund is out hunting with some companions. There in the forest he sees a vision of the most beautiful woman he has ever imagined; it is Aurora. Florimund dances with Aurora and falls instantly in love. When the vision disappears Florimund pleads with the Lilac Fairy to take him to Aurora. Florimund discovers the overgrown castle, but must first do battle with Carabosse, who would prevent him from entering. Once inside the castle Florimund finds Aurora and awakens her with a kiss. Florimund declares his love for Aurora and the king and queen give their blessing for their marriage.
The palace must be prepared for the wedding. The dust of the ages must be cleaned, and a wedding dress must be made for Aurora. The Fairies return for the celebration along with the fairy tale characters of the Bluebird and Princess Florine, Puss in Boots and the White Cat. Everyone joins in a dance of celebration. Finally Florimund and Princess Aurora are married and receive the blessing of the Lilac Fairy.