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Bolshoi Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Grand de Pas de Deux

The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by P. I. Tchaikovsky. The score was completed in 1889, and is the second of his three ballets. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault's La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa. The premiere performance took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. The work has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets....

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Bayerisches Staatsballett / Dortmund Staatsballett

Light Rain

A company ballet in three movements, it has an original scores by Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier, contemporary composers. Adamz and Gauthier employ Eastern rhythms in their composition and the sound has been described as "East-West fusion." Gerald Arpino chose to create this work for the new young dancers of the company. "It is my gift to these talented youngsters who are the artists of the Eighties. I am inspired by their modes and rituals, their passions," commented Mr. Arpino when asked to describe his new ballet. Light Rain, with its accent on youth, its American artists, and its original music, continues The Joffrey traditions begun in 1956. Light Rain remains the company's most beloved and requested signature work...

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Mariinsky Ballet at St. Petersburg

Romeo & Juliet Balcony Scene, Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux

Most version of today's Romeo & Juliet is derived from the significantly revised version that was first presented at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad on 11 January 1940, with choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky and with Galina Ulanova and Konstantin Sergeyev in the leading roles. This production received international acclaim and was awarded the Stalin Prize. In 1955, Mosfilm made the film version of this production with Galina Ulanova as Juliet and Yuri Zhdanov as Romeo. This film won the Best Lyrical Film and nominated as Palme d'Or in the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. In balcony scene, Romeo who met Juliet at the plaza at day time comes to Juliet's bedroom balcony at night to see her and dance duet of love...

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Compañía Nacional de Danza

Who Cares?

Balanchine and Gershwin's plans to collaborate were frustrated by the composer's untimely death in 1937. Thirty-three years later, Balanchine chose seventeen of Gershwin's from Broadway musical songs for this ballet. The premiere of took place in February 7, 1970 at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center with New York City Ballet. Jazz styled entertaining movements make audience feel free...

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Universal Ballet

Swan Lake Act3 Grand Pas de Deux

In Swan Lake, Act3 Grand Pas de Deux is a dancing of Prince Siegfried and black swan Odile who is sorcerer Rothbart's daughter disguised as Odette. Rothbart asks her daughter attract prince Siegfried to break his swear to white swan Odette. It is breathtaking to see one ballerina dances two opposite characters of white and black swans in the same work and the most difficult technique, 32 fouetté of Odile. Swan Lake is composed by P. Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by J. Reisinger based on Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre. Most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Mariinsky Theatre...

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Korean National Ballet

Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux

Don Quixote is a ballet based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia on 26 December 1869. Petipa and Minkus revised the ballet into a far more expanded and elaborated edition in five acts and eleven scenes for the Imperial Ballet, first presented on 21 November 1871 at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of St. Petersburg. All modern productions of the Petipa/Minkus ballet are derived from the version staged by Alexander Gorsky for the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1900, a production the ballet master staged for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in 1902. Grand Pas de Deux from Act3 is performed on the gala stage often for its magnificent and beautiful techniques female and male dancers...

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