|Sarah Lamb as Princess Aurora|
A week and a half ago, I saw the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in The Sleeping Beauty, with Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb. (Yes, this review is a bit late, but just imagine that it’s been under a magic spell).
The Royal Ballet’s production is both regal and traditional; the company has been the main repository for the original choreography of Sleeping Beauty since the 1940s, and while an occasional dance has been added here and there, for the most part it’s still done very traditionally. The pantomime is done as a type of complicated sign language rather than silent acting. The Petipa variations are crisp, set off from the story and performed with impeccable technique all around.