Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY
From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989
Ballet in Three Acts and a Prologue
Nina Semizorova, Aleksei Fadeyechev, Nina Speranskaya, Yuri Vetrov
The Bolshoi Ballet, The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Staged by Yuri Grigorovich
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Running Time: 145 mins
DVD 9/ NTSC
Cat No.: 101 113
Unfortunately not available in Japan and Korea
More midprice ballet from Arthaus, this time Tchaikovsky's magical fairy tale
performed by the incomparable Bolshoi.
Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky's brightest, most festive and joyous work, is
also the chief work and masterpiece of St Petersburg choreographer Marius Petipa.
The Soviet ballet historian, Yuri Slonimsky, put the significance of the féerie
in a nutshell, characterising it as the "encyclopaedia of classical dance".
Both the dramatic build-up, which contrives to constantly develop of the dance
events in a single, huge span of tension, from the prologue, through four huge
adagios and right up to the final apotheosis, and the inexhaustible wealth of
inventiveness and diversity and the perfection of the individual dance and step
sequences, are seen as exemplary of the St. Petersburg ballet style of the late
Grigorovich's Sleeping Beauty is an example of a creative conflict and metamorphosis
as reconstruction: "We have breathed new life into the principles of dancing,
symphonic dramatisation and harked back to Petipa at the same time. [
Pompous retrospectives were replaced by performances where the human world of
the protagonists was the main motivating force of the story line, the focus
upon which the choreographer's thoughts and emotions could concentrate."