Classical ballet Sleeping beauty

Classical ballet Sleeping beauty

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Sleeping Beauty Russian State Ballet of Siberia

A review by Nicholas Newman and Monika Latos

Last night, at Oxford’s New Theatre, saw the Russian State Ballet of Siberia production of Sleeping Beauty. Princess Aurora was performed by Elena Svinko and Prince Désiré by Marcello Pelizzoni.

Sleeping Beauty is a ballet comprising a prologue and three acts first performed in 1890. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (his opus 66) composed the music. The score was completed in 1889 and is the second of his three ballets. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa. The premiere performance took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890.

Classical ballet Sleeping beauty

About Sleeping Beauty

The setting is a grand palace in the heart of the European capital, with King Florestan XXIV and his Queen having welcomed into the world a new Princess by the name of Aurora. The King holds a ceremony to mark the occasion, with the many guests for this event including The Lilac Fairy, who aims to bring positivity and good luck to the new baby. However, the dastardly Carabosse, a Fairy from the dark side, arrives and disrupts the celebration in the worst way possible: as retribution for not being invited, Carabosse casts a spell on Aurora, which will come to life on her 16th birthday.

As to what happens next, well you will have to see this excellent ballet.

As for the performance

The ballet dancers impressed me with the very high quality of their performance and professionalism. As for their technique, each aspect of the transitions, turns, delicacy, and the dance movements was delivered well.  

The soloists impressed me, especially their exceptional physical ability, beautiful costumes and top-class performances throughout the ballet.

Also, I found the breath-taking costumes fabulous, which were full of colours, brightness and variety of cut, which wonderfully enriched the magical scenery and musical climate.

As for Tchaikovsky’s music, the sounds of the trumpet, violin, cello, enhanced this fairy tale, creating an extraordinary experience. 

About Russian State Ballet of Siberia

They established it in 1981 and is one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb and never fail to delight audiences with their breath-taking physical ability and dazzling costumes. It is based at the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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