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Work: The Sleeping Beauty

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1890
Work typeDance
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ZürichDornröschenNew production

Dornröschen
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Ballett Zürich Junior Company; Robertas Šervenikas; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff; Martin Gebhardt
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Firecrackers at the 15th Ballet Icons Gala

Ekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov in Grand Pas Classique © Kristyna Kashvili
An evening of sparkle and bravura at London's international ballet gala. 
***11
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A roller-coaster of diverse dance as ENB celebrates its 70th

Erina Takahashi and James Forbat in Harald Lander's Etudes © Laurent Liotardo
A slick and stylish celebration at the Coliseum of this great company's achievements over 70 years.
****1
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A lustrous Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi (Princess Aurora) and Matthew Ball (Prince Florimund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
On the evidence of this performance, there is every reason to be cheerful.
*****
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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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