June 13, 2004
Princess Aurora Nina Kaptsova
Prince Desire Vladimir Neporozhny
Aurora's Suitors Ilia Ryzhakov, Georgi Geraskin, Dmitry Rykhov, Maxim Valukin
Peasant Dance Anna Antropova, Alexander Pshenitsyn
Carabosse Nikolay Tsiskaridze
Lilac Fairy Maria Allash
Tenderness Fairy Olga Stebletsova
Tranquility Fairy Victoria Osipova
Generosity Fairy Xenia Tsareva
Frisky Fairy Daria Gurevich
Courage Fairy Elena Andrienko
Diamond Fairy Marianna Ryzhkina
Sapphire Fairy Maria Zharkova
Gold Fairy Olga Stebletsova
Silver Fairy Irina Semirechenskaya
Princess Florina Inna Petrova
Blue Bird Andrey Bolotin
White Cat Xenia Sorokina
Puss-in-Boots Vasily Zhidkov
Red Riding Hood Anastasia Stashkevich
Gray Wolf Georgi Geraskin
Cinderella Svetlana Gnedova
Prince Ruslan Skvortsov
Nina Kaptsova as Princess Aurora headed an exciting cast of dancers
in the performance of June 13.
The seven fairies in the Prologue, on the good side, Maria Allash as Lilac Fairy leading the five fairies of gifts, on the bad side, Nikolay Tsiskaridze as Carabosse, all etched through dancing
memorable portraits of otherwordly creatures.
Ms Allash gave a clear reading of the Lilac Fairy role, maintaining a sense of remoteness while remaining involved in human affairs. The five 'gift' variations were all finely danced.
Mr Tsiskaridze gave a truly thoughtful portrait of malevolence without stressing gender characteristics. I don't know whether this was his debut in the part.
[The Carabosse of June 12 (Gennadi Yanin) stressed characteristics of a male impersonating a female, which I suppose could be seen as comic but has not much to do, or say, about good and evil] Mr Tsiskaridze's interpretation clarified and advanced the story line.
Ms Kaptsova in her entry and the Rose Adagio was the embodiment of youth and expectations.
During the adagio, in one round with the suitors, after each supported promenade en attitude
she would lift her arm en couronne - a nicety of secure balance in academic style- before accepting the support of the next cavalier. Moreover, she beamed with smiles to her suitors while going through the whole adage.
In her variation, the unsupported pirouettes were dazzling for the speed of each preparation and the precision of finishes.
Mr Neprozhny showed clean technique, nobility of gesture,
and a finely etched presence as Prince Desire.
I particularly enjoyed Ms Ryzhkina as the Diamond Fairy (as well as her Princess Florine in the previous evening's performance).
Mr Bolotin as the Blue Bird makes a strong impression for his jumps and his landings with a deep, elastic demi-plie.
The Grand Pas de Deux concluded the evening in regal style.
Sleeping Beauty at the Bolshoi IIperformance of 13 June
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