Sleeping Beauty: The Classic Motion Picture With The Kirov Ballet / Alla Sizova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Natalia Makarova
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The Kirov Ballet performs Tchaikovsky s beautiful ballet, Sleeping Beauty, in this classic color motion picture from 1965, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, which the New York Times called some of the finest classical choreography ever created.
Kirov ballerina Alla Sizova stars as Princess Aurora, the role which made her a legend among dancers. In his review of the film, Clive Barnes called Sizova radiant and delicate, a great ballerina in the first flush of her powers. Yuri Solovyov co-stars as the Prince, Natalia Dudinskaya portrays Carabosse and a young Natalia Makarova has a featured role as Princess Florina.
For a look at the great Kirov Ballet performing one of the world s most beloved ballet in an acclaimed film, this collector s item is truly the fairest of them all.
Aurora: ALLA SIZOVA
Desire: YURI SOLOVYOV
Carabosse: NATALIA DUDINSKAYA
Princess Florina: NATALIA MAKAROVA
Blue Bird: VALERI PANOV
Lilac Fairy: IRINA BAZHENOVA
The Queen: OLGA ZABOTKINA
The King: VLADIMIR UKHOV
Also featuring the dancers and orchestra of the Kirov State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and students of the Vaganova Choreographic School.
This program has been digitally encoded from the best source materials available. Best efforts have been made to restore all audio and video imperfections for DVD. But due to the age of the production, this DVD may still contain some of the imperfections inherent in the original master tapes. The historic value of preserving this program on DVD far outweighs those minor technical imperfections that could not be digitally corrected.
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The two stars featured here are Alla Sizova as the princess Aurora and Yuri Solovyov as the prince Desire. Sizova was known to be the best Aurora in the world in 1960s. She was Rudolf Nureyev's favorite partner, and it is said that she's the one that could've made Nureyev want to go back to Soviet Union. She was a greatly talented ballerina, and as you can see, she was really pretty, lively, elegant and beautiful. Her smlie especially is radiant. Solovyov was an outstanding, noble dancer, an ideal partner for her. You can also see Natalia Dudinskaya, one of Vaganova's distinguished pupils, as the wicked fairy Carabosse (dancing en pointe) and Natalia Makarova as the princess Florina before she defected to the West. The Kirov's corps de ballet was, as always, graceful and in a perfect fashion. I recommend all who admire great Russian ballets should watch this film.
However, I suggest you should not buy this Kultur-manufactured DVD. The reason is as follows. The original screen ratio was in cinemascope, about 2.35:1, but Kultur has cut the left and right sides of the picture to make it look large on the ordinary 4:3 TV screen, so the dancers in this DVD are sometimes out of the screen.Read more ›
The Het National Ballet (hereinafter to be called the Dutch version) has the most sumptuous sets and costumes of any version I've seen, although the Australian Version comes close. Sir Peter Wright explains in the bonus material, just how important mime is in Ballet, and that the roles of the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse (care a boss) should be mime roles, which they are in this version. Even though Carabosse is in a full length gown befitting an evil Fairy Queen, she does a bit of dancing and twirling. This Carabosse is played by a women though my Russian versions use men. I think a woman playing a female character simply works better. An example of a man in that role is...Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty / Semizorova, Fadeyechev, Speranskaya, Kopilov, Bolshoi Ballet.
Aurora is played by the brilliant Sofiane Sylve and the Prince is played by Gael Lambiotte.Read more ›
Christine Walsh is a beautiful Princess Aurora. She is young enough to pull off her role as a sixteen year old girl, though she may be twice that age. Her partner David Ashmole is a very handsome and capable Prince Florimund. Joanne Mitchel is beautiful in the role of The Lilac Fairy, and Andrea Toy was a wonderfully mean looking Carabosse, with her equally mean looking bird like minions who transported her to the palace. Her little monsters are the best of any ballet I have, and they were very good actors, as they tried to scare and intimidate everyone at the palace.
Christine's balance in her Rose Adagio (IMO the most famous dance in all of ballet) was very good. At the end of the Adagio, she lowered her extended leg a little during her last hand exchange with her suitor, but she was able to get her arms into the fifth position w/o losing her balance. In fact, she put her arms into the fifth position after each of the eight hand exchanges, and her Sidney audience loved it. Many ballerinas do not (or cannot) raise their arms into the fifth position after a hand exchange, but simply go from one suitors hand to the next.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must for any Natalia Makarova fans or anyone who loves the Sleeping Beauty Ballet.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey H.
This performance by the Australian Ballet is spellbinding. Beautiful sets and costumes that bring the fantasy kingdom to life. Andrea Toy is one of the best Carabosses ever! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Viviballet
Amazing! Very beautiful and great dancers.... I love it.
The best video for me.
Allowing for age of video, the programme was surprisingly good.
Yuri Soloviev is quite amazing.
Pity he was disposed of so young.
This is my favorite version of the Sleeping Beauty Ballet. Both the lead and soloist dancers do an excellent job. The costumes are very beautiful. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by L. Novikova
I can't quite say why I'm not raving about this version of Sleeping Beauty. Perhaps I just have too many others in my head. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Susan Benson
This perfomance of Sleeping Beauty is not well done. The choreography is boring and the ballerinas are not precise and not elegant. One of the worst ballets I have seen on DVD. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by L. Novikova
An earnest effort that maybe takes itself too seriously. Lacks the humor, grace, and deft touches of the more recent Royal Ballet staging with Cojocaru Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping... Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by Atlantico
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