Maurice Ravel composed The Fairy Garden to express the moment in Sleeping Beauty when the princess awakens from her one-hundred-year slumber. 
Children Without a Voice is about a real Sleeping Beauty—a girl who represents one of several hundred refugee children who have migrated to Sweden. 
These children fall into a catatonic state after their families are repeatedly denied asylum. The violence they have witnessed in their native countries combined with the threat of deportation causes their bodies to shut down as a form of self-preservation that can last for months or even years. 
They often begin to awaken from their trauma-induced condition only when they understand that their families have gained permanent residence.
Children Without a Voice was screened during a live performance of Ravel's Apothéose: Le Jardin féerique (Apotheosis: The Fairy Garden) by the Louisville Orchestra, January 25 and 26, 2019.
Children Without a Voice
Below is a prologue which provides more backstory to Sleeping Beauty's trauma.
The Prologue to Children Without a Voice
Description
Maurice Ravel held a genuine warmth for children. He composed his Mother Goose Suite for two young pupils whose parents were artists. The final movement of the suite, The Fairy Garden, represents the moment in Sleeping Beauty when the princess gradually awakens after her long slumber. 
In Children Without a Voice, a refugee child becomes entrapped in a deep sleep. She is a victim of Resignation Syndrome, a disease that has afflicted over two hundred refugee children in Sweden. These children fall into an unresponsive physical state for months or even years when their families are denied asylum and face deportation. The children emerge from their deep sleeping illness only when they understand that their families are safe and have gained permanent residence in Sweden.
Credits
Cast
Sleeping Beauty
Carmen Tate

Mother
Julie Leskiv

Father
Joey Arena

Brother
Roman Tate

Abductor 1
SCOTT DAVIS

Abductor 2
CHRIS PETTY

Perpetrator
TIM KELTY

Family Friend
Lucia Clark

Doctor
Robin Burke

Teacher
Rolan Whitt

School Friends
Viktoria Leskiv
Cameron Wade


Production
Writer and Director
Ron Schildknecht

Production Designer
Meghan Glasper

Assistant Production Designer
Flora Schildknecht

Location Manager
MEGHAN GLASPER

Assistant Director
Hannah Goodwin

Camera
Paul Perez
Ron Schildknecht

Steadicam Operator
Paul Perez

Makeup
MATT GOODLETT

Editor
Ron Schildknecht


With Gratitude
Amy Broyles

Amy Cody

Dancers Center for Training
Beth Hall

Victor Glasper

John Hardesty

Dr. Elisabeth Hultcrantz

Kentucky College of Art & Design
Lori Larusso

Louisville Orchestra
Teddy Abrams

Aldy Milliken

Norton Healthcare
Randy Hamilton
Doug Bartholomew
Karl Danielson
Elise Fassler
Neil Feldmeier
Keith Polston
Paula Sheets

Whitney Perry

Flora Schildknecht

Hugo Schildknecht

Leslie Tate

Village Manor Apartments
Beth Crouser 

Megan Wade
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