La Scala have released a trailer for the production of Sleeping Beauty. Even there one can see hints of its unique qualities (and Lilac Fairy standing on a hidden footstool!)
I hope it gives viewers an impression of its genteel and modest dancing, couched in lavish designs!
NB: this is the review of my first viewing. My second viewing brought out more points, and was a better evening.
Beautiful in decor, in costume and in lighting; in choreography gloriously fresh, in intent noble: Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty is a treasure entire, fit to be a jewel in any ballet company’s crown. Shown at American Ballet Theater this Summer, and garnering distinct acclaim and consistenly praising reviews there it was deemed a success. Critics lauded all, and loved it. My expectations were therefore high.
It became apparent to me on this, my second viewing, that Team Ratmansky and Doug Fullington’s reconstruction of this ballet is something of a master-work. Genuinely fairy-tale like, it has an unashamed aspiration to be beautiful. Some would say it is High Art and I agree. It is importantly, crafted with love.