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#1 ballerina idol

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 08:24 AM

I am looking to study up on a role. I've been looking for a Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty with Antoinette Sibly. I don't even know of one exists, but that is what people are telling me to watch. Any other Sleeping beauty videos are helpful too! Thanks.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 08:51 AM

there is not much footage of sibley in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY around.
she can be seen doing the grand pas de deux from act 3 on a series hosted by peter schaufuss called DANCER, but that series is available to the best of my knowledge only on off-the-air copies.
commercially, sibley can be see as princess florine in the blue bird pas de deux on the following tape:
An evening with the Royal Ballet c1963.
Danced by the Royal Ballet.
Music performed by the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by John Lanchbery.
Le corsair [pas de deux] / film directed by Anthony Havelock-Allan ; choreography, Rudolf Nureyev ; music, Riccardo Drigo ; danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.
La valse / choreography, Frederick Ashton ; music, Maurice Ravel ; danced by the Royal Ballet.
Aurora's wedding (Act III of The sleeping beauty) / film directed by Anthony Asquith ; choreography, Nikolai Sergeev after Marius Petipa ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; sets and costumes, Oliver Messel ; cast: Fonteyn (Princess Aurora) and David Blair (Florimund); Graham Usher, Merle Park, Georgina Parkinson (Prince Florestan & his sisters); Antoinette Sibley, Brian Shaw (Bluebirds); Douglas Steuart (Puss-in-Boots) & Virginia Wakelyn (White cat); Ann Howard (Red Riding Hood) & Ronald Plaisted (Wolf); Alexander Grant, Keith Milland, Lawrence Ruffell (Three Ivans); Leslie Edwards (Cattalabutte); Ray Powell (Carabosse); Deanne Bergsma (Lilac fairy); Derek Rencher & Gerd Larsen (King Florestan & his queen).
Les sylphides / film directed by Anthony Asquith ; choreography, Serge Grigoriev and Lubov Tchernicheva after Mikhail Fokin ; music, Chopin, arr. by Ray Douglas ; danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, with Merle Park (valse), Annette Page (mazurka), and members of the Royal Ballet.
Filmed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1963, under the supervision of Frederick Ashton, assisted by John Hart
as to additional videos of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, i have a list of what was extant in 1998 for my book BALLET 101, pp. 570 - 573.
other ballet-alert readers here will likely have their own recommendations.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 12:29 PM

Hi ballerina idol! I'm no expert on videos, but I know there is a version with the Paris Opera Ballet from 1999, but that might not be helpful, as it won't be the same choreography (I suppose that it's easier if it's the same, even if you don't necessarily want to watch the technique), since it is by Nureyev. You might also have problems watching it, but they have it on DVD too. However, if you still want to see it as a leisure, it is with Aurélie Dupont and Manuel Legris in the main parts, Benjamin Pech and Delphine Moussin in the blue-bird pas-de-deux, Marie-Agnès Gillot as one of the main fairies, along with Hénault, Hallé, Baey, Hurel, Pujol, Kudo as the others, and Nathalie Aubin as "the wicked fairy" (I don't know what she's called in English) and Béatrice Martel as the Lilac fairy, Marie-Agnès-Gillot and Jean-Guillaume Bart in the Precious stones pas-de-cinq with Baey, Hallé and Rousselière.
There's also the same one but with the Canadian Ballet, but I don't know if it's available commercially.
And many other versions, but I can't think of them right now.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 12:41 PM

Welcome to Ballet Talk, ballerina idol!

The BBC televised a Royal Ballet SB with Sibley as Aurora some time in the 1960s or early 70s, but at some point it erased the tape ( :eek: ). There may be some, er, "unofficial" copies in private hands, but nothing commercially available beyond what rg has listed.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 12:46 PM

The film "The Turning Point" has some all too brief footage of Sibley dancing excerpts from "Giselle" and "Aurora's Wedding" with Baryshnikov.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 02:05 PM

Thank you all for your input. I will continue searching!

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 05:13 PM

wonders never cease: ari, this bbc tape w/ sibley was a complete BEAUTY? opposite dowell i assume? this was still the messel production?
i knew CINDERELLA was done then but didn't realize that BEAUTY was too.
must have been late 60s? she was first cast in the so-called plantaganet production = wright/bardon/de nobili but that was in '68. could it have beenit telecast that same year? i know there are excerpts that have surfaced of the prince's solo and of the awakening pas de deux.
i wonder if the full telecast is around anywhere?
i just heard from someone looking for a record of the production, and he's in london and he'd not heard of this telecast at all.
as i say: wonders never cease...

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 05:55 AM

rg, my information on the Sibley SB comes from an interview with Sibley that dates from the early 1980s. She talks about wanting her children to be able to see how she danced, and mentions this telecast as one performance of hers that she was particularly happy with. She was very upset to learn that the tape had been erased.

That's all I know about it. The interview may have been in Dance News, but I'm not sure.

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 06:02 AM

The RB's Sleeping Beauty, in the Peter Wright production was
shown in full on BBC television, on Jan 26th 1969 - i.e.the month after
the premiere. There is a short review in the Dancing Times of March 1969, and a
much longer one by Peter Williams in Dance & Dancers of the same month.

It was introduced by Christopher Gable, very well apparently - among other
things he explained that 'the goat in the Prologue was for the Royal milk, and
the reason for the last act being in a tent was because the castle lay in

The cast was led by Sibley and Dowell, and Deanne Bergsma was the Lilac Fairy.

Peter Williams thought it looked much better on TV as it was much more
brightly lit than for a normal performance. He liked Sibley but raved over

I've never heard of anyone who has a tape of the full production. Ironically,
Williams ends his first paragraph thus: 'The important thing is that the
ballets [SB and Nutcracker] were done, recorded for all time, and can be held in
cold storage against the time when (in the not too different future) all
channels are in colour.' Ha.

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