Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance, which opened in London this December, is part of the choreographer’s Tchaikovsky trilogy. A re-envisioning of the great 19th Century romantic ballets; Swan Lake(1877),The Nutcracker (1892) which was originally entitled the The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and Sleeping Beauty(1890).
These three ballets are noted in history for having been choreographed by the French-Russian ballet master Marius Petipa (1818-1910) known as the father of classical ballet. Even after 100 year, Petipa’s choreography is still alive and seen by ballet purist as sacrosanct. The pas de deux, steps and combinations from these ballets can be found in the syllabus of the world’s greatest ballet schools and conservatories, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Royal Ballet School and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.
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