See the ‘Authentic Sleeping Beauty’ in St. Petersburg

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.

In time, adjustments slipped into the choreography as well as the ballet as well as sets started to be thought about old-fashioned and shabby. The manufacturing was revamped by Konstantin Korovin in 1914, as well as once more by Tatiana Bruni in 1943. By the second half of the 20th century, the changes to the circumstance, design and also choreography caused virtually a completely various ballet.But in 1999 the choreographer Sergei Vikharev made use of Nikolai Sergeyev’s notation maintained in the Harvard Theater Collection to recover the original choreography. Sets and also costumes were revitalized from illustrations and also photographs in the St Petersburg State Museum of Theater as well as Music as well as the St Petersburg State Theater Library. This “genuine” version premiered on April 30, 1999.

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.

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