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Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa: The Kirov Ballet) [DVD] (1983) (EU Import)  [NTSC]
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One of Tchaikovsky's most popular ballets, based on the Charles Perrault fairytales, is performed here by the Kirov Ballet in this 1983 production. When a beautiful princess incurs the wrath of an envious witch she falls into a perpetual sleep, and can only be awoken by the kiss of one whose heart is pure.
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The worst aspect of all, however, is the exceedingly irritating and prolonged sycophantic applause for the prima ballerina and some of the other principal dancers. This is clearly organised and far too extended. It occurs far too often and seriously disrupts the performance, especially in Act I and worst of all in Act III. At times this annoyance makes the performance almost unwatchable. Not recommended except as a historical record.
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This is the production Konstantin Sergeyev premiered in 1953, and has remained in the repertoire of the Kirov/Marrinsky since then and is something of a classic in its own rights. It's also, arguably but to my mind, the most faithful to the original Petipa choreography we have. Yes Sergeyev replaced a lot of the mime and made some other changes (some of which, like the new male variations, are, while far from authentic, admirable additions), but we get the basic text of this ballet down to all of the charming wedding divertisements, most not performed in the West.
Kolpokova was nearing the end of her career when this was filmed in 1983, and I admit the idea of a 50 year old Aurora can be off putting--but the lady dances spectacularly and is a great and welcome presence. Everyone else is in fine form--the men and the classic female corps of the Kirov in particular.
A must for any classic ballet lovers and Sleeping Beauty fans out there.