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How a ballet became a musical,
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This review is from: The Sleeping Beauty - The Bolshoi Ballet [Blu-ray][Region Free]  (Blu-ray)
This is an undoubteldy spectacular account of one of classical ballet's seminal texts, but it sacrifices subtlety to scale. Part of the production's undoing is director Grigorovich's penchant for pyrotechnics over poetry: the famous and charming Colin Maillard
(Blind Man's Buff) of Act II is sacrificed to provide a flying entry for the Prince, for example, and even the rhapsodic Panorama, one of the highlights of this ravishing, score, is truncated, as if the director - choreographer is impatient to get to the next big set piece. The Bolshoi's dancing is accomplished in a rather soulless, gymanstic manner and the sets are pure Hollywood. Seekers after poetry, subtlety and musicality are referred to the Royal Ballet's production.