Ballet in Cinema presents THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, A Ballet in Three Acts with a Prologue, Music by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Choreography by Marius Petipa, in HD from London's Royal Ballet, Sunday, January 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m. (Eastern). The running time is 170 minutes including one intermission, captured live in performance of December, 2011.
First staged in St. Petersburg in 1890, "The Sleeping Beauty" is the Royal Ballet's signature work. It represents the pinnacle of classical ballet: the perfect marriage of Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music, a glorious challenge for every dancer onstage. To mark the Company's 75th birthday in 2006, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton revitalized the Royal's landmark 1946 production, which re-established Petipa's choreography, as recorded by Imperial Ballet régisseur Nicholas Sergeyev, to a scenario and staging developed by Ninette de Valois. With Oliver Messel's gorgeous original designs wonderfully re-imagined by Peter Farmer, and additional choreography by Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton, today's "The Sleeping Beauty" captures the mood of the original, as well as illustrates how the Company simultaneous grows and changes while celebrating its past. Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin star as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund.
Additional Choreography is by Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon, and Frederick Ashton; Conductor: Boris Gruzin; Production: Monica Mason and Christopher Newton after Ninette de Valois and Nicholas Sergeyev; Designer: Oliver Messel; Additional Designs: Peter Farmer; Lighting: Mark Jonathan.