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  1. Apologies if this information has already appeared elsewhere on the Forum but the discovery is perhaps important enough to warrant its own topic. Drawings of Sleeping Beauty Act III PDD by the first Prince Désiré, Pavel Gerdt, were discovered in Moscow in 2018. Some of the drawings have since started to come into circulation as they were recently used by Ratmansky for the latest revival of his Sleeping Beauty reconstruction for ABT. Thanks to others I have found a few links which show a little of this new found treasure: https://tinyurl.com/yxdvku3o https://petipasociety.com/2018/12/16/sketches-by-pavel-gerdt-released-by-the-bolshoi-theatre-museum/?fbclid=IwAR1hn4B3T_1tvEUnCE5fLLVoPUksOqCm0gw9FvIbvWorrEiPzoOxTEGdL_I http://oteatre.info/petipa-ps/ It would be great if the full set of drawings was properly online somewhere, does anyone know if this has been done? The last link (the Russian one) apparently credits one snapshot to otzyv.ru but that doesn't seem to lead anywhere (however I may well have misunderstood) Any further information very gratefully received. Short of a video from 1890 (!) this is as good and as early as has been discovered to date when it comes to at least one part of this ballet.
  2. I took 2 children aged 7 and 5 to a performance of ENB's My First Ballet: the Sleeping Beauty at Richmond Theatre. They loved it - so job well done. I didn't love it quite so much although I love the concept of these ballets. The ballet was narrated throughout, which was excellent and it also mirrored the mime happening on stage, which I really appreciated. Not sure any of the children did, but never mind. I learned quite a lot about mime. The story of the Sleeping Beauty was changed quite significantly. No spinning wheel (old fashioned I assume), so Aurora is pricked by a rose, not a spindle. This negates the need for the Rose Adagio (as she would have been pricked), but a version of that dance was still presented, but not to the right music! Surely if you are introducing children to the Sleeping Beauty ballet, the most famous dance of all should be represented with the right music which is so famous and so beautiful. Nothing nasty really happens, so Carabosse turns into a good fairy, and the kiss to wake Aurora up is turned into a hug. Oh well, nice for children to think the world is a happy place. The quality of the dancing did not overwhelm but the dancers deserve great credit for keeping their concentration through a noisy audience experience.
  3. Hello! Please excuse my english - it is not my native language. I don't know anything about ballet, but the other day I stumbled across some videos on youtube and somehow I got hooked. Especially this performance by Baryshnikov of the prince's variation in Sleeping Beauty. (I hope it is okay to post the video here...) Now I want to know what the steps are called and in which order he makes them... I googled a list of ballet steps and I think I recognize some, but I want to be sure. Could someone perhaps please help me? I'm rather curious about this performance. I also hope this was the right place/forum to post this question.
  4. If anyone is interested in seeing live the Australian Ballet's production of Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow, it is part of their July 2019 appearance in Les Étés de la Danse at La Seine Musicale. Performance dates 10-13 July. From 3-6 July they will be performing David McAllister's production of The Sleeping Beauty.
  5. I was unable to be at the London Coliseum tonight for the first night of ENB's Sleeping Beauty (Kenneth MacMillan production), but I know a lot of forum members were, so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Our coverage of the previous run can be found here:
  6. It struck me this afternoon while watching English National Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty that the UK is fortunate to have 3 very fine productions of The Sleeping Beauty, of similar provenance: Birmingham Royal Ballet's, English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet, all of which have been seen in various parts of the country in the past couple of years. Leaving aside the dancers in this case, what do you think are the good (and maybe bad) points of each production, and which do you rate the best?
  7. Principal casting for The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum in June is now on the ENB Website https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/sleeping-beauty/#cast-section Wednesday 6 June, 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru* and Joseph Caley* Thursday 7 June, 2pm Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta* Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm Maria Alexandrova*† and Aaron Robison* Friday 8 June, 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley Saturday 9 June, 2.30pm Jurgita Dronina* and Isaac Hernández* Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta Tuesday 12 June, 7.30pm Maria Alexandrova† and Aaron Robison Wednesday 13 June, 7.30pm Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta Thursday 14 June, 2pm Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández Friday 15 June, 7.30pm Maria Alexandrova† and Aaron Robison Saturday 16 June, 2.30pm Shiori Kase* and Cesar Corrales* Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández *Debut in role with English National Ballet †Guest Artist
  8. Use the promo code OLTENB onlineor call 020 7845 9300 and quote "Official London Theatre"£60.50 tickets now £46.50* £46.50 tickets now £31.50* Balcony tickets (normally £20.50 or £15.50) now £11.50*Valid for Tuesday – Thursday performances*Prices include booking fees
  9. Something to look forward to, depending of course on which cinemas are taking part: three Australian Ballet productions will be broadcast to 500 cinemas worldwide in October. The ballets are Ratmansky's redesigned Cinderella, David McAllister's jaw-droppingly lavish Sleeping Beauty and Peggy van Praagh's much-loved Coppelia. http://www.screendaily.com/news/cinemalive-partners-with-australian-ballet-on-trilogy-of-productions/5104519.article I'd happily pay to see all of them! I was on the verge of booking to see Cinderella at the London Coliseum next month when fate decreed that I'll be moving house on the only day I could have gone...
  10. If anyone went to see The Golden Age today and wants to discuss, please use this thread. Thanks.
  11. The line up for the Bolshoi cinema broadcasts is as follows 2016 16 October - The Golden Age 6 November - Bright Stream 18 December - Nutcracker 2017 22 January - Sleeping Beauty 5 February - Swan Lake 19 March - Contemporary Evening (Hans Van Manen (Frank Bridge Variation); Sol León & Paul Lightfoot (Short Time Together); Alexei Ratmansky (Russian Seasons)) 9 April - A Hero of Our Time Furtehr info http://www.pathelive.com/programme/the-bolshoi-ballet#programme
  12. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the rehearsal for the Royal Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty', which opens at ROH on the 21st Dec. The photo call was of Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in the Act 3 grand pdd. The performances opened now (from 21st Dec) Vadim Muntagirov, Sarah Lamb © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Vadim Muntagirov, Sarah Lamb © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: RB - The Sleeping Beauty (Act 3 gpdd) Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr By kind permission of the Royal Opera House
  13. Well, for anyone just back from the AB cinema broadcasts, here's your chance to discuss it. I wondered how Sleeping Beauty was going to come in at 2 1/2 hours - significant cuts to Acts II and III is the answer. The credits rolled through so quickly that I couldn't spot who all the dancers were, and there were no casts sheets: can anyone tell me who were Bluebird and Florine? I can probably guess if I go and haul this summer's programme out. And I'm guessing the fairy of musicality would have been the canary one?
  14. I saw the final performance at The Lowry last night of Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - re-imagined. I loved it! I had seen it a few years ago at the Liverpool Empire but the audience was a terrible distraction throughout so I remembered nothing except the baby! Last night was so much better and a quiet audience. The sets and costumes were fabulous and I especially enjoyed the first half. I felt I lost the story every so slightly in the second half, don't know if that was just me. Anyone who has watched a lot of Matthew Bourne's work will have easily recognised similarities to Swan Lake in the dances moves. I particularly liked the Red Ballroom scene as I call it - the costumes were gorgeous. In the first half the fairies were great and again they had magnificent costumes. The dance employed 2 moving conveyor belts which the dancers were able to stand and move on - these were at the rear of the stage and were used to great effect I felt. I really enjoyed the scenes with the baby which were staged marionette style - very clever. Leo (the Prince) was danced by Dominic North and Aurora by Cordelia Braithwaite . Adam Maskell played Carbosse/Caradoc - and very sinister he was too! Count Lilac was Liam Mower. For anyone considering going to the Sadlers Wells run or any other I would highly recommend it as a great night out - and not too late the show finished at 9.40pm. Would love to hear any other reviews as mine is not very exhaustive, but I wanted to flag up what a great show this is! Some nice production photos in this review http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/matthew-bournes-sleeping-beauty-ballet-10476268
  15. I attended the premiere of Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty with Svetlana Zakharova and Jacopo Tissi as the lead performers on Saturday night. First thing I have to say was too look for the set english word to describe the performance as a whole...and it is GORGEOUS! In a world of cut budgets, and downscaling of set design and costume, the stage and (most of) the costumes were the most extravagant and gorgeous I have ever seen. It reminded me of Hollywood sets in the Golden Era of stage design...amazing, awe inspiring, and delicious! A lot has been written about the inspiration and research that Ratmansky undertook to make this staging as close to Petipa's original, and fantastically the programme all 150+ pages included a lot of the original drawings and research which demonstrated the aims of Ratmansky. It is with this point, the audience would be split. There is very little dancing in the whole performance, with a lot of posturing and acting and ,most of the dancing on Demi-point and with low arabesques and the legs not being raised above hip level. This for me resulted in a very natural fairy tale piece of beauty and history that took me back to my childhood, and the innocence of beauty and simple imagination and stories. Which I loved!!! With each of the 3 acts defining the story in amazing sets, and all of the cast looked free and like they were having fun, especial in the final act where the fairy tale characters were playful and full of energy! Then we get to how this project fits into the 'modern' age and how it fits with all of the additions and changes since this faithful original reproduction. First, Jacopo Tissi is a beautiful dancer, however there was very little dancing for him apart from a variation in the third act that involved very fast small movements, and like 'hopping' for his lines and length it was not very suitable to his natural skills, but there were some glimpses of fantastic quality. Zakharova seemed a bit nervous in the beginning, and the role and the choreography on mostly demi-point did not showcase her fantastic ability either. However her variation in the final act and her arms were beautiful! Massimo Murru was great as the Carabose with such amazing set design and costume in the background, deserving of a hollywood Oscar. I felt the music was slower than it was supposed to be as some of the variations were quite 'laboured', so maybe not as Ratmansky designed. At the final curtain of Ratmansky's premiere of Sleeping Beauty with Svetlana Zakharova as the lead on a saturday night in Milan....(I emphasise these points as I had my expectations of a respectful and great reaction for the choreographer and Etoile) The crowd politely clapped for each of the cast in the first curtain call. As the curtain closed after the first call 80% of the parkett stood up and headed straight for the exits. I was aghast and totally shocked, as the the lead characters came in front of the curtain to some applause and to see the backs of the people leaving. After opening again to show the full ensemble a group of the crowd formed at the front of the stage to take photos, but the parket was largely empty. In talking to some audience members, they said they are used to the speed and dancing of Nureyev's version and simply didn't take to the project with the 'lack of' technical dancing and show-off variations. Regarding Polunin etc... he was not missed in this role really, as there is not much opportunity for the prince to show off his dancing skills to the fullest. I would expect a future star in Tissi however. I personally left very happy, having seen the most beautiful thing I have seen in my life regarding stage and design, and having a part of my childhood given back to me with an innocence and naivety. Whatever the reviews, I think the world needs a reminder of why Ballet exists and why people love the escapism of a Fairy Tale night. I can't wait for how his Swan Lake will look in Zurich, which will be a crowd that I am sure will rapturously applaud a beautiful project! I would not be so confident that the crowd at La Scala will be wildly excited for their premiere this season, but I think Swan Lake will be back to the times of Pavolva, and I can't wait!!!!
  16. I've just been reading Alastair Macaulay's review of ABT's "new" Sleeping Beauty as revised/restored by Ratmansky: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/arts/dance/review-ratmanskys-the-sleeping-beauty-has-premiere-in-california.html?ref=dance&_r=1 He sounds pretty taken with it. Would love to read feedback from anyone who's been to see it.
  17. Since nobody seems to have started one yet, here's a thread for discussing the new run of RB performances of Sleeping Beauty, which starts today.
  18. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty arrived at the Lowry tonight after its world premiere in Plymouth last week. It is described as a Gothic Romance and Lez Brotherston's sets and costumes are lavishly gothic and utterly fabulous and really set the scene. Our Sleeping Beauty is born in 1890 (the prologue) and comes of age (and is sent to sleep ) in 1911. The reawakening takes place in 2011. I don't want to ruin everyone's voyage of discovery by disclosing that "the butler did it" but I will say that the opening scenes with the baby Aurora are just brilliant. There are six fairies - 3 men and 3 women. Lilac is Count Lilac. Carabosse is only in the prologue and the dark fairy role is then taken over by her son Caradoc (played by the same dancer). I just LOVED the fairy costumes. The solos for the six fairies gave a tantalising hint of the Petipa choreography we all know and love - especially the 5th and 6th variations. There isn't a rose adagio but there is a lovely duet for Aurora and a gardener to that music. The "pricking of the thumb" is achieved by a rose, which makes perfect sense. There are several twists to the standard story which I won't reveal except to say that it all ends happily! Matthew Bourne certainly knows how to put a show together and on first viewing this has become one of my favourites! It has similarly sly references to royalty as those contained in Swan Lake and there are some fun scenes at Aurora's party (which takes the form of a garden party with tennis). I felt a degree of sympathy with Caradoc which I do not usually feel for Carabosse in more conventional productions. Tonight we saw Hannah Vassallo as Aurora, Dominic North as Leo, Chrisopher Marney as Count Lilac and Ben Bunce as Carabosse/Caradoc. Both Ben Bunce and Christopher Marney had enormous stage presence and really seemed to be manipulating the action. Hannah Vassallo and Dominic North were sublime in their roles. What more can I say - I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
  19. This thread is to discuss any of the Bolshoi Ballet cinema broadcasts for this season. According to our original list on the "ballet in cinema" thread (http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/3251-ballet-in-the-cinema-2013-14-season/page-0), they are: October 20th Spartacus November 17th le Corsaire (repeat) December 22nd Sleeping Beauty (repeat) January 19th Jewels February 2nd Lost Illusions March 30 Golden Age Marco Spada although I have a feeling this may have changed?
  20. Do you want to discuss individual ballets on this thread or start new ones for each? I have just watched the Mariinsky Nutcracker which was gorgeous. Gergiev was conducting and the orchestra played incredibly well. There were interesting shots of him and the musicians during the Overture and the linking musical passages. The dancing of course was superb, as was the whole production. Masha (Clara) is a child and in a transformation at the beginning of the second act becomes "Masha the Princess", likewise her Nutcracker, a child in the first act becomes an adult Prince in the second act. My only reservation was the choreography for the Grand Pas de Deux, which also incorporated four cavaliers and felt a bit like the Rose Adagio at times. So many good things, but one section I shall remember is the Pas de Trois to the Mirlitons' music performed by three young students. The two girls were slender leggy adolescents and danced ravishingly, but the young man was really outstanding. It is difficult to say how old he was, possibly twelve or thirteen, and he wasn't as tall as the girls even before they stood on pointe. But he partnered with assurance and the audience burst into applause during his short solo moment.
  21. A packed and enthusiastic house at Milton Keynes yesterday afternoon for ENB's Sleeping Beauty for a very enjoyable performance. Erina Takahashi's Aurora was simply beautiful and there were fine performances also from various fairies, the Act III characters and the King and Queen. Yonah Acosta is injured and was replaced by Esteban Berlanga.
  22. This morning's Times carries a review (by Allen Robertson) of this and it sounds really charming as well as being an excellent idea - has anyone seen it?
  23. I've just registered that ENB's schedule for the rest of the year is up on their website: http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats_on.php. There's a real variety to choose from: apart from Swan Lake at the London Coliseum in the summer, and Sleeping Beauty, and seemingly Nutcracker (although where isn't clear) touring in the autumn, there are the two Beyond Ballets Russes bills at the Coliseum in the spring, a streetdance-meets-ballet collaboration with Flawless, and another collaboration with other dance groups, to name a few.
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