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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1890
Work typeDance
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RigaThe Sleeping Beauty

© Andris Tone
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Ināra Gauja

StockholmMusical storytelling: sleeping beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman

LeipzigDornröschenNew production

Dornröschen
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Jeroen Verbruggen; Leipziger Ballett; Felix Bender; Andrea Sanguineti; Chiara Stephenson; Charlie Le Mindu

LondonThe Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Sir Frederick Ashton; Anthony Dowell; Christopher Wheeldon; The Royal Ballet; Peter Farmer; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Mark Jonathan; Oliver Messel

HullThe Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Russian State Ballet of Siberia
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Radiant cast almost awakens Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty

Cassandra Trenary in The Sleeping Beauty © John Grigaitis
If the audience response was not very enthusiastic, it's because Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty four years after its premiere still comes across as more of a museum piece than a living, breathing ballet. This is a Beauty that never really wakes up.
****1
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“The spirit of Margot” celebrated in The Royal Ballet's Fonteyn gala

Dame Darcey Bussell and Gary Avis in Ashton's Tango from Façade © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
A memorable and important event in the history of British ballet, sensitively and sentimentally performed. 
****1
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Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in ENB's Sleeping Beauty

Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
A dutiful revival of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Sleeping Beauty from English National Ballet.
***11
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An Imperial ballet for the 21st century

Lia Cirio and Boston Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Liza Voll | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
In keeping this production of The Sleeping Beauty in the repertoire, Boston Ballet is providing a vital service to the history of classical ballet, developing its dancers to their fullest potential, and providing Boston audiences with a chance to enter into a magical world of the most exquisite beauty.
****1
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All that glitters: BRB's opulent Sleeping Beauty

Momoko Hirata (Princess Aurora) and Mathias Dingman (Prince Florimund) © Bill Cooper
Sir Peter Wright's version of The Sleeping Beauty has stood the test of time, though this opening night of the tour in Southampton didn't always convince that the work has a place of adoration in the company’s heart.
***11
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