The Sleeping Beauty

Dance, Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty 2015 David McAllister The Australian Ballet production still 01 MELB SEASON feat whole stage photographer credit Jeff Busby
Photograph: Jeff Busby 'The Sleeping Beauty' 2015 season

David McAllister’s opulent 2015 production of Marius Petipa’s 1890 ballet returns to Sydney

You could call The Australian Ballet’s 2015 production of Marius Petipa’s 1890 opus the most beautiful yet, and not be laughed out of school: it may well not be, but it could easily be, with its gorgeous colour palette, lavish costumes and French Baroque set design.

Gabriela Tylesova – who already has a CV full of breathtaking set and costume designs for major operas, ballets and musical theatre shows – seems to have surpassed herself with this Beauty. And it’s not just her designs – it’s David McAllister's arrangement of them into beautifully composed tableaux.

But never fear: McAllister hasn’t fiddled too much with choreography of the original; Petipa is regarded as the master of 19th century ballet, and his Sleeping Beauty competes only with his Swan Lake for top gong in the classical genre.

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