19 March 2014 at 9.25pm | 7 Comments
The relay featured backstage films offering an exclusive glimpse behind-the-scenes with members of the cast and creative team. In case you missed them, or just want to find out more about The Royal Ballet classic, here they are again:
Re-awakening The Sleeping Beauty
When the Royal Opera House stopped performances during World War II, it was Oliver Messel’s production of The Sleeping Beauty that was selected to re-open the theatre in 1946; a fairytale based around the re-awakening of a Princess, it was the ideal production to mark the opening of the theatre. The opening night, starring Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann, was a tremendous success and the production remains a signature piece for The Royal Ballet. Find out more from Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, Senior Teacher and Répétiteur to the Principal Artists Alexander Agadzhanov, Head of ROH Collections Francesca Franchi, and members of the cast about why The Sleeping Beauty holds such a special place in the repertory:
Rehearsing The Sleeping Beauty
Set to a passionate score by Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty contains many memorable moments; the Rose Adagio, in which Princess Aurora performs eight very exposed and challenging unsupported balances, has become one of the most famous set-pieces in ballet. ‘One of the most difficult parts of dancing Aurora is the stamina, particularly in Act One,’ says Sarah Lamb, who is performing the lead role. ‘It is both a technical challenge and an artistic challenge.’ Find out more about the challenges of the choreography from Sarah, Steven McRae, Alexander Agadzhanov and Monica Mason:
The Royal Opera House Cinema Season relays our performances to over 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries around the world. Upcoming productions in the 2013/14 Cinema Season include The Winter’s Tale and Manon Lescaut.