When I'm not at university, I can be found curled up reading a great book, gardening, painting, writing anything from songs to hopeful novels to home-performed plays or 'treasure-hunting' in op shops around Melbourne.
This August, the age-old story of Sleeping Beauty will be brought to life once again by the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. Many people, myself included, think of ballet as a rather rigidly conventional dance style, and in some ways, it is. There are many long-established dance moves like the pirouette, the grand jeté, the arabesque, and the list goes on.
A painting of Sleeping Beauty by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
It is also a well-known fact that the Russians are renowned for their immense dedication to ballet and that their dancers bring both intense passion and exquisite flair to their performances. The Sleeping Beauty ballet performance brings to stage both music by the brilliant Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, which was revised by G. Taranda for this tour.
I saw Sleeping Beauty on Saturday and it was at best an average set of performances. The cast generally seemed pre-occupied and there was repetitious dancing that showed little imagination. The audience applauded, I'm not sure why, maybe they hoped it would encourage more effort and a better performance, it didn't work.