Sleeping Beauty Dance Analysis

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The Houston Ballet performed Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s full-length Sleeping Beauty at the Brown Theater inside the Wortham Theater Center. The performance was choreographed by Emeritus Ben Stevenson. According to the press, to celebrate the director’s 80th birthday, the staging was the revival that launched his successful career in London nearly fifty-years ago. Recognized as supreme achievement of classic ballet, Sleeping Beauty is based on the classic French fairytale by Charles Perrault. The tale is involves, a beautiful princess being cursed by an evil fairy, dooming her to sleep for a hundred years-only to be awakened by a kiss from a prince who truly loves her. The two parts being analyzed are the introduction of Carabosse in the Prologue …show more content…
With the help of her wicked creatures, the evil fairy insinuates harm to anyone that should want stop her. Then, Carabosse sharply gestures to her minions, pointing in a clock-wise motion, commanding her minions to attack. The good fairies and creatures begin to perform a pas de deux. The fairies are swung into small clockwise tangles; the couples take two-steps then jete into forming a larger circle around Carabosse. The dance iterates as the narrative continues, Carabosse maintains her large-to-small circle go around and around as she casts her spell on the baby princess. As all seems to be ending in terrible doom, the Lilac Fairy gracefully defends the princess. The Lilac fairy mimes with a defiance that’s more powerful than that of Carabosse. She successfully casts her protection spell, Carabosse and creatures zig-zag against their will—alas Aurora is saved from death. The corps de ballet close the scene in a unison motion of condemning the evil …show more content…
There is a both a literal and movement theme. The secondary is present throughout most of scene. The most intense moment of the pantomiming was when both Carbosse and The Lilac Fairy were engage in rhythmical battle; the wicked fairy waved her arms and motions an ‘X’ with her forearms. The Lilac Fairy rebuts by very fluid head-to-pillow sleeping gesture. As for the literal theme, simply is good will ultimately prevail over evil. This is most evident when the collective continue to cast Carbosse and her imps away. The performers danced with

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