In 1892, it ended up being probably even more popular when the duty of Aurora mosted likely to Mathilde Kschessinska, the mistress of Nicholas II.
At the end of the 19th century, the director of the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, had a concept for a ballet based on a tale by Charles Perrault called “La Belle au bois dormant.” Vsevolozhsky composed the situation and mapped out the costumes for the ballet, which would be called “Sleeping Beauty,” and asked Pyotr Tchaikovsky to compose the score as well as Marius Petipa to choreograph it. The lush production of dancing and also pantomime premiered in January 1890 and also turned into one of the Mariinsky Theater’s most prominent ballets.
Since 2018, there have been two “Sleeping Beauties” in Russia’s repertory: the “Soviet” variation as well as the “original.”
If you take place to be in St Petersburg, this weekend you can see the original version danced by Olesya Novikova and Viktoria Tereshkina as Aurora and also Vladimir Shklyarov and also Xander Parish as Prince Désiré. The conductor is Valery Ovsyanikov.
If you do not happen to be in St. Petersburg this weekend– however you do read a bit of Russian– you can discover all about the history of “Sleeping Beauty” in this magnificent digital exhibit.