Dance: Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty ballet was introduced to America in 1916 by Pavlova in an Orientally ostentatious production that promptly sank into obscurity. It was not until Margot Fonteyn and the Sadler's Wells company brought the work back in 1949 in a performance of pristine elegance that Tchaikovsky's Beauty emerged as the belle of the ballet. Now, fitted out with new staging and choreography by Rudolf Nureyev, and preening in an elaborate wardrobe of costumes and sets, the National Ballet of Canada's new Sleeping Beauty is on display at the Metropolitan Opera. It...

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