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Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress$
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Tim Scholl

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099560

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099560.001.0001

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Achieving Symphonism (The Soviet Ballet in Theory)

Achieving Symphonism (The Soviet Ballet in Theory)

(p.64) Chapter 3 Achieving Symphonism (The Soviet Ballet in Theory)
Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress

Tim Scholl

Yale University Press

This chapter explores how Sleeping Beauty marked the creative apogee of nineteenth-century Russian ballet, particularly how it started the movement toward more progressive forms of ballet. Dance-goers began to refer to the Petipa ballet as the “old” ballet just as newer forms began to take shape. A few notable productions includecd the Duncan-influenced works of Michel Fokine and the Stanislavsky-influenced works of Alexander Gorsky. The Vsevolozhsky and Petipa eras had retired and died out by 1909 and 1910, respectively, and questions of what would succeed the future of Russian ballet began to circulate. Thus, this chapter analyzes and studies the history through which Russian ballet evolved with the arrival of Sleeping Beauty, and what factors would turn it into the Soviet Ballet.

Keywords:   Sleeping Beauty, nineteenth-century Russian ballet, Petipa ballet, Michel Fokine, Alexander Gorsky, Vsevolozhsky, Soviet Ballet

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