`Sleeping Beauty` ballet held in Bolshoi

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 13:10 PM IST

Moscow: Friday`s premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky`s "Sleeping Beauty" was the first ballet on the renovated stage of Moscow`s Bolshoi Theater.

The ballet has been staged about 550 times since its first production in 1899. This is Bolshoi`s seventh production of the ballet, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, the author of two successful versions in 1963 and 1973.

The premiere was attended by Russian first couple Dmitry and Svetlana Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Sleeping Beauty costumes were sketched by Franca Squarciapino, an Italian costume designer who won the Academy Award for Costume Design in 1990 for "Cyrano de Bergerac".

Stage sets and costumes were made according to 17th century fashion and style.

The main roles of Aurora and Prince Desire were performed by Bolshoi prima ballerina Svetlana Zakhartseva and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer David Hallberg. It was his first performance as a soloist in Bolshoi.

IANS