Act 3 - there are 3 fairies in addition to Lilac (instead of 11,000 in Bolshoi), and Mikh has some very good dancers, because they make the choreo look as easy as walking in the park. Then we have a man in brown, I couldn't figure out who he was supposed to be, sometimes he partnered the fairies.
Puss N Boots came out in very modern looking costumes, no tails, but caps with ears, and choreo that emphasized sensual cat movements. But it wasn't comical or hyper cute, as in other versions. Bluebird ppd was very traditional steps, and the costumes were conservative, a saturated blue, perhaps a darker blue than usual. Little Red Riding hood came out with a small red riding cap, white skirt, brown dirndl, and white bicycle shorts to her knees, bare legs below, and a grey basket. The wolf followed, with a very animalistic costume. They mostly chased each other around the stage, lots of traveling, with minimal dancing.
Wedding ppd is very traditional, the steps all looked old school to me, everyone in the court including bride and groom is wearing white with gold trim. but it works. Sveta doesn't relate to this Prince Desire much either. BTW, Sarafanov looks much younger than Zhakarova. No one wears wigs in this production (hardly any feathers for that matter), but Sarafanov's baby face really contrasts with Z. I kept thinking Ashton Kutcher / Demi Moore, but it makes sense since Aurora has been sleeping for 100 years, so she's about 116 years old.
Sarafanov's solo again is traditional, he gets lovely ballon and has good lines, although a final spin is a little off center. Sveta's solo gets big applause, traditional steps, sky high extensions (no surprise there), and technically she's brilliant.
The scene ends with a long wedding veil brought out by the court, arms raised so it skims over Aurora's head, and finally Lilac and the King afix the narrow part of the veil to her crown. She takes Desire's hand and walks up the steps (veil trailing), they stop at the top, framed by the gigantic oval picture frame set, and kiss. Curtain lowers. The End.
Crowd hoots and hollers its approval, and Duato steps out at last for a bow. Flowers all around.
IMHO, this is a charming production, the producers tried to chip off all the ossification to Sleeping Beauty, but keep the basics intact. In the process, I think they chipped away too much on realistic set design. But the costumes were lovely, the choreo was interesting, and the dancers were beautiful. I think the direction is away from Bolshoi's "ta-da" moments and milking applause, instead the path goes towards more organic choreo. My one big complaint is that they should have cast a Mikh prima for the broadcast.