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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty
This ballet was very well presented and performed. The sets were well designed, incorporating considerable artistic flair. All the dancers performed to a high standard and the principals were a joy to watch. The arrival of the wicked fairy was original, very dramatic and effective. Tchaikovsky's melodic score should ensure this fairytale ballet remains popular among a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars No change.
I have always considered this ballet to be cluttered, and had hoped that Anthony Dowell would have "uncluttered" it somewhat. In the event it seems even more so. The sets are, to my jaundiced eye, rather garish, and far too large, thereby reducing, drastically, the dancing area. The choreography, particularly for the leading dancers, lacks inspiration and is, at times,...
Published on 3 April 2012 by Witherswrinkly


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty, 29 April 2014
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This ballet was very well presented and performed. The sets were well designed, incorporating considerable artistic flair. All the dancers performed to a high standard and the principals were a joy to watch. The arrival of the wicked fairy was original, very dramatic and effective. Tchaikovsky's melodic score should ensure this fairytale ballet remains popular among a wide section of music lovers for many years to come.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sleeping Beauty, 16 July 2011
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The high standard expected of the Royal Ballet is here. Viviana Durante is joyful in her interpretation. I love the classic patterns of the ballet and the suspense built in epitomised in the rose adagio and the pas de deux act 3. Zultan Solymosi supports no effort shown. The two leads know what they achieve and beam. And of course there is Tschaikowsky's music-splendid. Wondertful DVD
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!, 2 Sept. 2013
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I have been looking for a good version of Sleeping Beauty for a while; by mistake I found myself with a black and white version recently, so having found a sumptuous, colourful version I am very happy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, 16 Aug. 2012
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Wonderful production of the Royal Ballet in action. Viviana Durante and Zoltan Solymosi (I think that's how it's spelt) make beautiful ballet together. The costumes and settings are so "Royal Ballet". Of course the dancing is superb and held my attention from beginning to end. Accolades galore!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sleeping Beauty!, 4 Mar. 2015
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In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful performances of Sleeping Beauty ever ! It is delicious in every way - the amazing sets , the costumes , Tchaikowsky's brilliant music and of course the wonderful dancing. Viviana Durante is a fantastic Aurora . Anthony Dowell is fearsome as Carabosse and Benazire Hussein is the best Lilac fairy of all time !!
Not enough superlatives to describe it .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty DVD, 4 Jun. 2013
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Bought as a christmas gift for person who delights in ballet, was gratefully received and the quality was very good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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Beautiful production.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 22 Feb. 2013
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What can I say - it's just wonderful! Viviana Ventura is perfect as the Sleeping Beauty, in my opinion the performance against which all others are compared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She loved watching it, 28 July 2014
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Ordered for my mom. She loved watching it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Dec. 2014
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Excellent Service and excellent product
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