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Contributors Benois, Alexandre
Nijinska, Bronislava
Petipa, Marius
Stravinsky, Igor
Tchaikovsky, Petr Ilich
Dates 1921
Location Alhambra Theatre
Subjects Article
Songs and Music
The Sleeping Princess (ballet in 4 acts)
Contributor Names
Tchaikovsky, Petr Ilich (composer)
Stravinsky, Igor -- 1882-1971 (orchestrator)
Benois, Alexandre (set_designer)
Benois, Alexandre (costume_designer)
Petipa, Marius (choreographer)
Nijinska, Bronislava (choreographer)
Created / Published
Alhambra Theatre, London, 2 November 1921.
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Music by Petr Ilich Tchaikovsky, partly re-orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; original choreography by Marius Petipa, with additional dances by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 2 November 1921, Alhambra Theatre, London. [This full-length ballet was a revival of Sleeping Beauty, which was first performed at the Maryinsky Theater in 1890.]

Described as a “gorgeous calamity” by critics, The Sleeping Princess ran for 115 performances but nearly bankrupted Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. To finance the lavish production of The Sleeping Princess envisioned by Diaghilev, the Alhambra Company gave him an advance against box office receipts of nearly ₤20,000. Diaghilev could not pay back the borrowed sum; the sets and costumes were impounded and legal actual ensued. The Ballets Russes was barred from performing in England until late 1924.