Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Music - 256 pages
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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, Tim Scholl discusses the tradition, ideology, and popular legend that have shaped the development of Sleeping Beauty. In the process he provides a history of Russian and Soviet ballet during the twentieth century.
A fascinating slice of cultural history, the book will appeal not only to dance historians but also to those interested in the arts and cultural policies of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.

 

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Contents

1 Genre Trouble
1
2 Legends of Sleeping Beauty What Becomes a Legend Most?
30
3 Achieving Symphonism The Soviet Ballet in Theory
64
4 Red Auroras The Soviet Ballet in Practice
101
5 Bringing Beauty Back
131
Reviews of the 1890 Production
173
Notes
219
Works Cited
233
Index
241
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About the author (2008)

Tim Scholl is professor of Russian language and literature at Overlin College.

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