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2 Kirov new/old Sleeping Beauty reviews


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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 04:05 PM

Two reviews of the Kirov's new/old production of The Sleeping Beauty (New York) from 1999.

Mary Cargill's is quite detailed:

Welcome Back, Petipa

and George Jackson has some historical information about earlier revivals, as well as this production:

Sleeping Beauty, An Experiment

#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 08 November 2003 - 04:54 AM

The following fault wasn’t the Kirov’s: Prince Desiré’s journey and penetration into Aurora’s slumbering realm lacked adventure and drama because it was too difficult to install the traveling Panorama scene at the Met.


History repeats itself. In the original production, the great entr'acte that Tchaikovsky had written for Leopold Auer (father of Hollywood screwball comic Mischa Auer) was cut in order to shorten the ballet, then it was found that the Panorama backdrop wouldn't scroll across the stage properly and they had to make big cuts and do some onstage fixes for THAT scene!


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