Video of concert Sleeping Beauty Ballet:
Video of concert Sleeping Beauty Ballet: ..
Marius Petipa (1818–1910) was one of the most influential figures of classical ballet. His choreography forms the basis of The Royal Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère and Coppélia, among others.
(adapted from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 “Sleeping Beauty” ballet), ..
Recently, however, England's Royal Ballet Company has staged a new production of The Sleeping Beauty, its signature work, designed by Maria Bjørnson. While the spirit and most of the steps of the original choreography remain unchanged, the decor has undergone a radical and sublime retooling. Bjøhighlights the psychological disparity between the symmetry of the dancing and the emotional disharmony of the music, thus giving the metaphors in the score a visual rendering and adding ballast to its psychological weight. Hers is a statement on the malevolence of social inequality and of what Frances Ferguson, writing on the sublime, calls "rational enthusiasm for processes in which human systemization [attempts to improve] upon nature" (133). Bjørnson ratifies Tchaikovsky's musical comprehension that people do not live happily ever after, and that despite what the libretto tells us and what we witness in the dancing, death is permanent and implacable. Her ground-breaking changes, I believe, are best considered in the context of the sublime, which enables us to understand how she has taken The Sleeping Beauty to a new metaphysical level, perhaps allowing us to see the fairytale as well as the ballet in a new light.