The Sleeping Beauty

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The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet)

Australian Ballet 1984

State Theatre Melbourne Australia

Choreography by Marius Petipa

The original choreographer of The Sleeping Beauty, Marius Petipa, was also the person who formulated the sequence of dances that we now know as a Grand Pas de deux. It consists of an adagio in which the ballerina performs, with her partner’s support, difficult pirouettes and complicated poses. Next, the male is given a solo so he can present his high jumps, leaps and turns. This is followed by the ballerina’s solo in which her movements are small and dainty, but precise and brilliant. Finally the two perform flashy, technically difficult steps, which builds the excitement of the dance until the ballerina finishes in a daring position in her partner’s arms. The Grand Pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty is a perfect example of this formula.

The roots of the Australian Ballet can be found in the Borovansky Ballet, a company founded in 1940 by the Czech dancer Edouard Borovansky. Borovansky had been a dancer in the touring ballet company of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and, after visiting Australia on tour with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet, he decided to remain in Australia, establishing a ballet school in Melbourne in 1939, out of which he developed a performance group which became the Borovansky Ballet. The company was supported and funded by J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd from 1944. Following Borovansky's death in 1959, the British dancer and administrator Dame Peggy van Praagh DBE was invited to become artistic director of the company. J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd decided to disband the Borovansky Ballet in 1961.

Cast: David Ashmole, Dale Baker, Paul De Masson, Evelyne Desutter, Mary Duchesne, Jonathan Kelly, Michela Kirkaldie, Joanne Michel, Christine Walsh, Colin Peasley, Terese Power, Andrea Toy, Ashley Wheater, Ken Whitmore, Mark Brinkley, Joady Chambers, Martyn Fleming, Lisa Pavane, Kathleen Reid, Fiona Tonkin, Mark Annear, Glen Harris, Steven Heathcote, Greg Horsman, Peter Lucadou-Wells, Ulrike Lytton, David McAllister, Daniela Pantea, Leanne Rutherford, Elizabeth Toohey

Please Note You are Buying a Souvenir Program 

This Souvenir Brochure is from the 1984 Melbourne Production 

200 x 300  mm Packed with lots of pictures and information from the show and cast

(Please Note scans are low res for fast loading)

Condition: Used  Looks Good - Souvenir Brochure

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