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Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress

Tim Scholl


In 1999 the Maryinsky (formerly Kirov) Ballet and Theater in St. Petersburg re-created its 1890 production of Sleeping Beauty. The revival showed the classic work in its original sets and costumes and restored pantomime and choreography that had been eliminated over the past century. Nevertheless, the work proved unexpectedly controversial, with many Russian dance professionals and historians denouncing it. In order to understand how a historically informed performance could be ridiculed by those responsible for writing the history of Russian and Soviet ballet, this book explores the tradition ... More

Keywords: pantomime, choreography, Soviet ballet, ideology, popular legend, cultural policies, St. Petersburg, Sleeping Beauty, sets, costumes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300099560
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Scholl, author