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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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Red Auroras (The Soviet Ballet in Practice)

Red Auroras (The Soviet Ballet in Practice)

(p.101) Chapter 4 Red Auroras (The Soviet Ballet in Practice)
Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress

Tim Scholl

Yale University Press

This chapter tracks the history of the modernization of ballet from its Imperial roots. The conservatism of Soviet arts bureaucrats guaranteed the survival of Sleeping Beauty, and also explored the reworking of it along with three operas: Meyerbeer's Le Prophète and Les Huguenots, and Wagner's Rienzi in order to address the problem of revolutionary opera in the 1924/25 season. The committee then commissioned Nikolai Glebovich Vinogradov, head of the Studio of Monumental Theater, to rewrite the librettos of the four promising works. Vinogradov's version of Sleeping Beauty, however, was never performed on-stage, but its loss did not hinder the future direction of Soviet ballet. This direction was towards its obsession with story. This fascination with narrative culminated in the creation of a new, uniquely Soviet dance genre in the 1930s, the “drambalet” or the merging of both “drama” and “ballet.”

Keywords:   Sleeping Beauty, Soviet arts, Le Prophète, Les Huguenots, Rienzi, Nikolai Glebovich Vinogradov, Soviet ballet, drambalet, Soviet dance genre

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