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The premiere of the ballet The Sleeping Beauty of the State Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet will take place in Cannes on Friday within the Russian art festival
The ballet is staged by the theatre's art directors Natalya Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyev. "We give guest performances in France every year, and the stages of the Palace of Festivals and Congresses in Cannes where we performed are familiar to us," Natalya Kasatkina said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti. "We are glad to have a chance to participate in the Russian art festival, and to show our interpretation of The Sleeping Beauty ballet which is popular all over the world. It was chosen by the French side, and it is clear why. It is a work by great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and French ballet-master Marius Petitpas," she added. "Our credo is that we never substitute our choreography for classical masterpieces. We are sure that some choreographers' opinion that it is necessary to forget classical works for a certain time and then recall them is altogether erroneous," Mrs.Kasatkina went on to say. "Vladimir Vasilyev and I, preserving all the masterpieces of Petitpas, created a dramatic framework for The Sleeping Beauty ballet, and did our best to deepen the tempers of its characters, first of all Aurora and prince Desire. We strove to make this story befitting the great music of Tchaikovsky. There are even avant-guarde elements in our production but they do not destroy this ballet but, as we hope, enrich it," she added. At the closing ceremony of the festival on August 28 the State Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet of Natalya Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyev will show also the ballet-fairy tale The Nutcracker which is loved all across the world.
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