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Sleeping Beauty Ballet
I just came back from watching real ballet for the first time -except for some Greek attempts of Swan Lake and Nutcracker I never watched an international one-and I m over the moon. I watched Sleeping Beauty with Cojocaru and Kobborg, I m thrilled I saw Cojocaru live cause she had cancelled her appearances here the last few years and I was afraid it would happen again. And she was really dreamy-out of this world.
Do you have any suggestions I can watch from old videos with other Sleeping Beauty adaptation?
How delicious! And of all things to start out with as a dance viewer, a ballet with Tchaikovsky music--so deep and exhilarating. You lucky duck. I love that ending triumphal march. Here's a sequence from one production, done by the Paris Opera Ballet with choreography by Nureyev.
Right after World War II, Margot Fonteyn made her international reputation by dancing the Rose Adagio here in the U.S. Here's one production of her dancing that section; commentary by posters underneath says that this is from a 1960s documentary. You can hunt around for more performances from Fonteyn's long, long career.
I'm sure there are great productions by both the Bolshoi and the Kirov.
By the way, have you found Prokofiev's Cinderella ballet? The waltz is just the most splendidly haunting music. Here's one production:
Have a wonderful time immersing yourself in this!
Last edited by Olympia; 12-16-2012 at 07:04 PM.
I like the Disney take on it
Well, of course. Anybody would! And it even has the Tchaikovsky music. But no ballet shoes.
no, most of the time the princess is barefoot (but she wears those ballet flats that are so in these days)
Originally Posted by Olympia
WHAT???!!! You watched ballet live for the FIRST time??? Oh, yeah, silly me. Not everyone used to have the masterpiece stage of Mariinsky just right around the corner. Well, to be fair my current neighbours are not that bad too, even tried to adapt smth. of a classic European opera stage: http://twitpic.com/bewh56 . Their ballet sucks compared to Russian (I am sure the same can be said about Greek ) but at least I will have a chance to enjoy the Ashton version of Cinderella the coming Tuesday. And they are overgenerous with opera and invited opera stars, like Simon O'Neil who I was lucky to enjoy in Tosca a few weeks back, and he is far to be the only one. I adore opera way more than ballet, and most of Russian opera singers are inbearable to listen to (They scream!), so I am super grateful to National Theatre in Tokyo www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/index.html , but I feel almost embarrassed to post this link if you compare the schedule to Mariinsky. Those guys have more shows a month than Tokyo stage a year.
Originally Posted by seniorita
As for Sleeping beauty, no matter what adaptation you'll choose, I am sure you'll enjoy it much better than the classic one of Petipa. I watched it with Gumerova on one of my trip back to my hometown St-Petersburg, when Marrinsky was holding Sleeping Beauty revival of 1890 production. I alsmot fell asleep. Too much walking in heavy overdecorated costumes and not much dancing. But, my dear. Keep in mind one holy thing- you know NOTHING about ballet if you have never watched Don Quixote, and in classic version, have no idea where you can watch it in Greece, but I am sure there are some shows somewhere in Europe. Don't miss it if you have a chance. It's the most technically difficult party for both male and female lead dancers. All top dancers, male especially, admitted that no ballet left them feel so exhausted as Don Quixote. All ballet quads and 3A (I mean top elements of major difficulty) are there, under the roof of one show. Needless to say the emotional impact they have to present in that Spanish dance fiest. Enjoy!
Last edited by let`s talk; 12-17-2012 at 10:07 AM.
Let's Talk, do you know the Russian singer Sergei Lemeshev? He's from very long ago, and alas, he performed entirely during an era when Russian stars were forbidden to travel, so he's almost unknown outside his country, but thanks be to YouTube, he's now available to one and all. He doesn't have that characteristic metallic tone that a lot of Russian tenors, sopranos, and mezzos have. He's a velvety lyric tenor. Here's his Lensky from his prime, in the 1930s; obviously, he was a Tchaikovsky natural!
And here's him singing about twelve years later, as Levko from Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night, one of my favorite operas.
If you feel like it, let me know what you think. I'm just in love with him, and according to what I've read, I'm just the latest in a long line of Lemeshevists. Apparently he was such a rock star (so to speak) that he had to build a wall around his home, and the fans managed to make a hole in the wall....now that's the respect and attention that opera deserves!
(maybe you won't like him as much, which is fine...!)
I hope you enjoy the Ashton Cinderella. I've seen it on TV, and it's splendid fun.
Last edited by Olympia; 12-17-2012 at 11:01 AM.
leave no stone unturned
Imagine getting to watch opera in a wonderful old opera house in Europe. Mmmmm! It must be just heavenly. I'm sorry you missed the Bolshoi, but it gives you something to look forward to, yes?
Let me know what you think of the videos.
I'm not as up on ballet as Let's Talk clearly is, so that's the person who should answer your question about whether you saw the Petipa. Over here in the U.S., we often used to see Balanchine choreography--he was televised frequently--and he was amazing. He was definitely a classical choreographer, but he modernized classical idioms.
One person who's fun to watch doing ballet is skater/dancer Katherine Healy. She danced with the Vienna Ballet, I believe, for most of her career.
This first one is from Coppelia by Leo Delibes. It's the same story as part of Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffman.
This one is the first variation from Tchaikovsky's Suite Number 3 (which is just a stunning piece of music)
This is a lovely tribute video to her that shows both her ballet and her skating:
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