Sleeping Beauty gets a new look

The final tableau of Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty for ABT. Photo by Gene Schiavone.
The final tableau of Alexei Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

Alexei Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty for ABT opens on Friday. You can read my New York Times piece on the new designs here.

And another (for Dance Magazine) on the use of Stepanov notation in reconstructing Petipa’s original steps for Sleeping Beauty, here.

More Bournonville at NYCB

Teresa Reichlen in the pas de demux from "Flower Festival in Genzano." Photo by Paul Kolnik.
Teresa Reichlen in the pas de demux from “Flower Festival in Genzano.” Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley had their débuts in Peter Martins’ La Sylphide, and Teresa Reichlen and Zachary Catazaro danced the pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano. Read my review for DanceTabs here.

The End

Stella Abrera and Vladimir Shklyarov in Giselle, with American Ballet Theatre. Photo by MIRA.
Stella Abrera and Vladimir Shklyarov in Giselle, with American Ballet Theatre. Photo by MIRA.

To the Manner Born

Stella Abrera, by Jade Young.
Stella Abrera of ABT, by Jade Young.

Abrera had her début in ABT’s Giselle on Saturday, May 23. You can read my review for DanceTabs here.

Against Type

On Saturday night, Misty Copeland had her New York début as the Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo.” She was fantastic: funny, relaxed, charming, touching. A natural comedienne. It was a side of her dancing I’d never seen, a brilliant bit of casting against type. (Copeland is usually cast in either more contemporary work, or classical variations, or parts that highlight her natural glamour.) But last Saturday she threw herself into De Mille’s dopey character heart and soul, and brought the audience along for the ride.

Roman Zhurbin, Misty Copeland and Craig Salstein in Rodeo.  Photo: Marty Sohl.
Roman Zhurbin, Misty Copeland and Craig Salstein in Rodeo. Photo: Marty Sohl.

 

Léon Bakst

Bakst’s design for Sheherazade, a party guest at Sleeping Beauty’s wedding celebrations, in Diaghilev’s 1921 production of The Sleeping Princess:

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The “hummingbird fairy’s page:

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Chinese princess:

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