A documentary dedicated to the great ballet productions by RUDOLF NUREYEV performed at the OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS
Directed by FRANÇOIS ROUSSILLON Choreography and Stage Direction by RUDOLF NUREYEV Set Design by EZIO FRIGERIO Costume Design by FRANCA SQUARCIAPINO Princess Aurora ELISABETH PLATEL Prince Charming MANUEL LEGRIS Fairy Carabosse CLOTILDE VAYER Fairy Lilac NATHALIE RIQUE Music by PETER TCHAIKOVSKY Les Etoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris conducted by VELLO PÄHN
During his time as Artistic Director Nureyev created a number of magnificent choreographies for the ballet ensemble at the Paris Opera. One of his last ballet productions, which was performed only a few months before he had to relinquish his position as director, was Sleeping Beauty, which he choreographed in the style of Marius Petipa.
The fairy tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, who falls into a deep sleep after the wicked fairy Carabosse has put a curse on her, from which she was awakened only a hundred years later by Prince Desiré’s kiss, became a masterwork of the classical ballet and one of the most popular works of ballet literature. Sleeping Beauty was the brilliant result of the co-operation between the French choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and the Russian composer Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840- 1893).
The theatre director Ivan Wsewoloschki suggested this ballet, which had its premiere in the Marinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1890. Not without reason is Sleeping Beauty the highlight and opus magnus of Petipa’s work.