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@Dawnstar. Here's a chance to compare the Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty with the old Mariinsky version from 1952.  Live streamed recently on their Youtube channel with Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Kristina Shapran as the Lilac Fairy and Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.

 

I'm not sure how long it will be available for viewing.

   

 

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@jeanette  I know where you're coming from but I'm just not a fan of recreating original sets and costumes.  I felt the same about the La Scala Raymonda.

 

But what I didn't realise was that the Vikharev version of Sleeping Beauty has a rolling pamorama. How wonderful.

 

Macmillan's 1973 Royal Ballet production had a rolling panorama too which impressed me greatly at the time I recall. I thought it was the most marvellous thing I'd ever seen on stage.

That production didn't last long however. Peter Farmer's sets and costumes were greatly disliked but I'm not sure whether that was the reason it was replaced.

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13 hours ago, Jeannette said:

Only the Mariinsky’s rolling Panorama portion of the set could not tour (that I recall).

 

They brought it to Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in 2000, I saw it there. Very beautiful. The Festspielhaus is a very large theatre, maybe they need the space for the Panorama.

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7 hours ago, stucha said:

@Dawnstar. Here's a chance to compare the Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty with the old Mariinsky version from 1952.  Live streamed recently on their Youtube channel with Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Kristina Shapran as the Lilac Fairy and Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.

 

I'm not sure how long it will be available for viewing.

   

 


24 hours .... from original broadcast.  So you’ve got until 5pm 🇬🇧 to see it. 
 

Worth watching (or skipping through) to see Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.  

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9 hours ago, stucha said:

Here’s a chance to compare the Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty with the old Mariinsky version from 1952.  Live streamed recently on their Youtube channel with Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Kristina Shapran as the Lilac Fairy and Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.

 

Many thanks Stucha, I would have missed this otherwise. Just to add that the production goes back to 1952 but the recording is (I think, corrections welcome) from 2015.

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@stucha The Mariinsky Sleeping Beauty (K. Sergeev ver.) with Somova and Schklyarov is actually available as a commercial DVD through a Japanese site, as are many other of the Mariinsky’s MezzoLiveHD telecasts. I’ll add link if I can find but I’m pretty sure that I bought this through an Amazon site 3-4 years ago. Of course, it’s also great to have “free” streaming options.

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Can anyone knowledgeable about ballet steps help with the following please? 

 

What is this movement called,  that the Corps use a lot in this sequence starting below,  where they hop forward on one leg whilst the other leg bends in and out at the knee? 

It is a common motif in classical ballet and I always enjoy seeing it!

Also, what is it called when, instead,  they hop from one leg to the other, going forward, which is also part of this section of dance? 

 

 

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4 hours ago, FionaE said:


24 hours .... from original broadcast.  So you’ve got until 5pm 🇬🇧 to see it. 
 

Worth watching (or skipping through) to see Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.  

 

Well, that's 2 1/2 hours overtime I now need to put in this evening :)

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14 hours ago, stucha said:

@Dawnstar. Here's a chance to compare the Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty with the old Mariinsky version from 1952.  Live streamed recently on their Youtube channel with Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Kristina Shapran as the Lilac Fairy and Oxana Skorik as Princess Florine.

 

Thank you. I've just watched it. Yet more differences! I was particularly surprised that there were no fish dives in the Grand Pas, that being one of the few things that the RB, Stuttgart & La Scala all did have in common.

 

Does anyone know the fairytale represented by 7 small boys, an annoyed man & a large pair of boots? I couldn't place it.

 

Is it just the camera angle or is Alina Somva's supporting leg at a strange angle in the Rose Adage? It looks like she has her thigh further forward than her knee, which I didn't think was anatomically possible!

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59 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

Is it just the camera angle or is Alina Somva's supporting leg at a strange angle in the Rose Adage? It looks like she has her thigh further forward than her knee, which I didn't think was anatomically possible

 

I believe Somova is known for her hyperextension (which is what this is). It's, um, not universally admired.

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1 hour ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

I believe Somova is known for her hyperextension (which is what this is). It's, um, not universally admired.


 Yes ‘swaybacks‘.  It is very difficult to achieve the balances with these.  I couldn’t watch that bit.

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Nor could I.

 

Dawnstar, the fish dives aren't authentic - if you have a search on "fish dives" on here you'll probably find more details ...

 

I think the other fairytale is Hop o' my Thumb - not quite sure what it entailed (an ogre and 7-league boots, perhaps?), but I was most disappointed to see it, because I'd been hoping for the Cinderella segment, which I so rarely get to see.  The fact that she'd had a "cameo" role earlier had left me hopeful :( 

 

Isn't it funny how different the Prologue Fairy variations look?

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3 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

I believe Somova is known for her hyperextension (which is what this is). It's, um, not universally admired.

 

It looks rather painful to me! I hope it's not too common among dancers. I can't recall noticing any of the RB dancers having their legs at that angle.

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Just now, Dawnstar said:

 

It looks rather painful to me! I hope it's not too common among dancers. I can't recall noticing any of the RB dancers having their legs at that angle.

 

I think that Somova is a fairly extreme case.

 

Someone will no doubt correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that the tendency is not uncommon in dancers, but the more traditional school of thought is that it's something to be remedied.

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As the earlier link to the Mariinsky production has expired, I found the following further example of the steps from Act 2 that I am  trying to identify, this time from the Australian Ballet Company.

(i.e. hopping forward on one leg whilst the other leg bends in and out at the knee, and hopping from one leg to the other, going forward)

Perhaps we should have "ballet steps quiz of the day"..... a virtual "Bravo" to the winner.  Come on folks !

 

  

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20 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

Someone will no doubt correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that the tendency is not uncommon in dancers, but the more traditional school of thought is that it's something to be remedied.

 

Definitely considered a fault in my day. 

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On 07/04/2020 at 07:36, Richard LH said:

As the earlier link to the Mariinsky production has expired, I found the following further example of the steps from Act 2 that I am  trying to identify, this time from the Australian Ballet Company.

(i.e. hopping forward on one leg whilst the other leg bends in and out at the knee, and hopping from one leg to the other, going forward)

Perhaps we should have "ballet steps quiz of the day"..... a virtual "Bravo" to the winner.  Come on folks !

 

  


balloné 

 

and hops in attitude devant 

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On 06/04/2020 at 20:18, alison said:

I think the other fairytale is Hop o' my Thumb - not quite sure what it entailed (an ogre and 7-league boots, perhaps?), but I was most disappointed to see it, because I'd been hoping for the Cinderella segment, which I so rarely get to see.  The fact that she'd had a "cameo" role earlier had left me hopeful :( 

 

The Rome Opera Ballet Sleeping Beauty shared by WoodlandGladeFairy on a separate thread has the Cinderella segment I've just discovered. First time I've seen it anywhere! Also the Lilac Fairy variation is in Act 3.

 

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