Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky – Ballet
Marius Petipa – Alina Cojocaru (Princess Aurora), Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund), Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV) – The Royal Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Marius Petipa, is one of the best loved of classical ballets, combining in a single work all the enchantment and virtuosity that ballet has to offer.
The royal court, the panoramic journey of the Prince to the overgrown castle, and the great celebratory dances of the happy ending (in which other famous fairytale figures appear) are all brought to life by the luscious designs of this celebrated production, created in 1946 for the The Royal Ballet. The inspired performances of its revival for the 75th anniversary of the Company in 2006 make this film recording a superb tribute to The Royal Ballet’s unique style and visual splendour.
If this production, staged by Dame Ninette de Valois, is so iconic of the company, it is because it marked The Royal Ballet's debut at the Royal Opera House, where it has remained as the resident ballet company since 1946.
© Picture: Bill Cooper
Marius Petipa choreography
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Alina Cojocaru (Princess Aurora)
Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund)
Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV)
Elizabeth McGorian (His Queen)
Alastair Marriott (Cattalabutte)
Genesia Rosato (Carabosse)
Marianela Nuñez (Lilac Fairy)
The Royal Ballet
Duration : 02 h 12 min
Location : Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
Production date : 2006
Production : © BBC