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Under the spell of Carabosse’s demonic son (photo by Mikah Smillie). “The starting point for me was identifying what I didn’t like in the traditional version. The main thing was the lack of a proper love story. The prince arrives very late, and there isn’t much to go on. I addressed that by creating a new character, Leo, who is Aurora’s childhood sweetheart. Aurora’s love interest needed to stay alive for 100 years, so we decided he would be a vampire. It didn’t seem so crazy since the story starts near the time Dracula was written. It’s a gothic love story, a love story across time.” —Matthew Bourne