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The Sleeping Beauty

Music by Tchaikovsky

English National Ballet

Opera House, Manchester

28 November 2012

This marvellous production of the classic ballet clocked in at close to three hours of well-nigh perfect dance.

The two leads, Tamara Rojo in the role of Princess Aurora and Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Desire, are spectacular dancers; and one only realised how good – how breathtakingly good – a dancer Muntagirov is during the third and final act.  His solo was wonderful.  They all – all of the troupe – pull their weight, mind.  And they have to, for the intricacy and variety and, yes, let us be in no doubt about it, the sheer technical difficulty of Marius Petipa’s choreography demands it.

There is a clue here, too, as to why the ballet has stood the test of time: for there is so much here, an embarrassment of rich delights, to savour and enjoy.  Be in no doubt, English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty will awaken and revitalise all your senses.

The Sleeping Beauty is at the Opera House until 1 December then tours the UK up until March 2013.  Details of future tour dates can be found here.