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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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StockholmThe Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Royal Swedish Ballet

LondonThe Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Sir Kenneth MacMillan; English National Ballet; Peter Farmer; Nicholas Georgiadas; English National Ballet Philharmonic

TokyoThe Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Wayne Eagling; The National Ballet of Japan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Toer van Schayk; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

RigaThe Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Ināra Gauja; Farhads Stade

AmsterdamAnna Fedorova and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie

© Marco Borggreve
Tchaikovsky
North West German Philharmonic; Yves Abel; Anna Fedorova
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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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SFB: Sleeping Beauty

Sasha De Sola and Carlo Di Lanno in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty © Erik Tomasson
Watching this ballet, one is offered a glimpse of a past world and aesthetic, beautifully preserved.
****1
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Classics and clichés

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Alexander Iziliaev
It’s alright, sometimes, for a classic to own the fact that it is a cliché. The Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty, directed by Angel Corella was a lovely, lush but unsurprising presentation
****1
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Sleeping Beauty, Moscow City Ballet

Moscow City Ballet whisks Edinburgh into the dreamlike fairy tale of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty for a magical evening that enchants throughout, from Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After.
*****
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