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Ballet Alert! Quiz #45
July 5, 1999
Sleeping Beauty Quiz -- Advanced
1. Four ballerinas danced
the role of Aurora in Diaghilev's London production of The
Sleeping Princess in 1921. Name them.
Olga Spessivtseva, Lubov Egorova, Lydia Lopokova, and Vera
2. There were several dances added to this production. Name
at least one, and its choreographer.
Bronislava Nijinska added a dance for the Three Ivans to the
coda music for the grand pas de deux in Act III, as well as dances
for Bluebeard and Scheherezade in that act. The Chinese dance
from Nutcracker (Ivanov, presumably) was inserted into that Act
and called "The Porcelain Princesses." Nijinska also
added the fish dives to the Grand pas de deux. Two Quizzers credited
her with retooling parts of the hunt scene, too.
3. Many consider the
Sadler's Wells Ballet's production in 1946 the third great production
of The Sleeping Beauty. Name the designer and the first
cast Aurora and Prince.
Designer: Oliver Messel.
Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann were Aurora and her Prince.
4. The original production
of The Sleeping Beauty included a divertissement of fairy tale
characters. This was a tribute to which French writer?
5. In the United States,
there were two attempts to revive a "full-length" Sleeping
Beauty (in contrast to the many productions of the third
act only, usually called Aurora's Wedding) in the 1930s.
Who were the producers?
Mikhail Mordkin (whose
company devolved into ABT) and Catherine Littlefield.
Extra credit questions:
1. In Russia, one of
the first major changes to the ballet was a revised solo for
the Lilac Fairy. Who was the dancer, and who was the choreographer?
2. The Prince (first
cast) in Diaghilev's production ended his career as a teacher
in America. Name the Prince and the school where he taught.
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