I pre-ordered this version of Sleeping Beauty. It was at the refurnished Bolshoi Theatre and it had Sevtlana Zakharova dancing the lead. What more could I want? I was shattered. The sound and photography are amazing but those wigs and head gear! And why, when Zakarhova has such fair skin and beautiful black hair put her in a light brown wig that destroyed her looks. I felt sorry for the four suitors in their extraordinary outfits. But the worst bit was the Wicked Fairy who was more a badly played pantomine figure than menacing. If I was the Lilac Fairy I would have waived my wand and banished him from the set. And as to the Lilac Fairy danced by Maria Allash, well she never smiled. In Spartacus she is the courtesan, full of life, wit and superb dancing. Also I felt there was too much gilt, even the rings of flowers were gilt.
I liked that they gave the Lilac Fairy more dancing and I enjoyed the dance of the four women knitters.