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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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Bringing Beauty Back

Bringing Beauty Back

(p.131) Chapter 5 Bringing Beauty Back
Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress

Tim Scholl

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts the effect and influence that Sleeping Beauty would create during its production in 1890, and then reviews how its revival in 1999 was received by the ballet public, particularly the St. Petersburg ballet public that loved to reminiscence about 1890. This reproduction occupied a strange place, however, as it was neither very radical nor was it really a conservative gesture. One thing was for sure, though, Sleeping Beauty would remain at the heart of an enormous amount of mythmaking, proving that the work itself carries an unusual vitality. The previous chapters of the book have looked at the stories that surrounded Sleeping Beauty: the myths deep in its heart, the legends it has generated, and the tales that Soviet dance history surrounded it with. Thus this chapter takes a look now at Sleeping Beauty's revival and the inherent significance of this production in the art of ballet.

Keywords:   Sleeping Beauty, ballet public, St. Petersburg ballet public, mythmaking, Soviet dance history

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