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Photos of London's 1921 "Sleeping Princess"

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I thought it would be interesting to compare, now that we are all worked up and in full blown mood. flowers.gifflowers.gifflowers.gif

Lubov Egorova as Aurora

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Lubov Egorova as Aurora (Wedding act)

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Lydia Lopokhova as Lilac.

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Carlota Brianza as Carabosse

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Bronislava Nijinska as Florine

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Bronislava Nijinska as Florine

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Wow, that stage makeup is really something!!! o_O

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I thought it would be interesting to compare, now that we are all worked up and in full blown mood. flowers.gifflowers.gifflowers.gif

These are great, Cristian, thank you! toot.gif

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the 1921 costume for Aurora is much much prettier than the 2015. those were the only costumes that didnt read as splendid.

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the 1921 costume for Aurora is much much prettier than the 2015. those were the only costumes that didnt read as splendid.

Particularly Aurora's dress in the wedding act. Young Aurora's tutu was very pretty though...

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Wonderful photos--my thanks, too, for posting.

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Bakst design for the 1921 production.

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2015 design.

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Bakst Design for the Sheherezade role.

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Maria Albaicin in the role

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Particularly Aurora's dress in the wedding act. Young Aurora's tutu was very pretty though...

(didn't want to take up bandwidth repeating the photo)

I actually like them both (1921 and 2015) -- I'm really wishing I could see this new production!

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The 2015 dresses are so lame compared to 1921....pret-a-porter instead of haute couture.

Thank you, Cristian, for posting these 1921 pics. In 1921, Aurora got REAL tutus with 'stick out' skirts, crafted in truly rich fabrics. Just look at those first two photos of Egorova! In 2015 we get the Curtain Call Costumes Catalog edition.

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In 2015 we get the Curtain Call Costumes Catalog edition.

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Lopokova's :Lilac costume looks particularly rich.

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Those costumes are really sumptuous!

They are. Bakst design for Aurora's entrance.

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Olga Sppesivtzeva as Aurora, 1921.

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Richard Hudson's ABT design for Aurora's entrance.

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Gillian Murphy as Aurora, 2015.

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Carlotta Brianza as Carabosse, 1921

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Carabosse, 2015.

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cristian thanks for the photo of Spessivtseva. She definitely doesn't have a typical Aurora look. Her sad, downcast eyes make her seem like a natural Giselle or O/O but not really an Aurora. What I do find interesting is how her leggy, tapered musculature was already very, very different from the first Aurora, Carlotta Brianza:

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I like how doll like the Nijinska Florine make-up is... Of course everyone in the ballet is a fairytale character but the wedding guests feel somehow more so..,.

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I like how doll like the Nijinska Florine make-up is... Of course everyone in the ballet is a fairytale character but the wedding guests feel somehow more so..,.

Here's a better photo.

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The costumes do make everyone's legs so much stumpier though! :-)

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Bak'st design for Aurora's wedding tutu.

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Lubov Egorova wearing said design.

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Richard Hudson's design for Aurora's wedding, 2015.

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Aurora's wedding's design, ABT 2015.

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The costumes do make everyone's legs so much stumpier though! :-)

Based on the amount of hyper fast petite allegro that dancers performed in that era - I think it makes sense that they had thicker lower legs. The quick and constant changes would have developed the muscles in the legs in a different way than we see today with some of the string beans who are wonderful at stretched out adagio choreography.

Think of it as the physiological difference between a 200m sprinter and a 10,000m distance racer.

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Wow, that stage makeup is really something!!! o_O

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I find interesting how similar her photo's makeup is to that of brother's Rose...

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Yes, with the elongated cat eye and the bowed lips. Does anyone know if they did their own makeup?

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