In less then two weeks Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Sleeping Beauty  for American Ballet Theatre will open at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California. Ratmansky’s version  of the Imperial Russian classic is based on the 1921 production staged by the Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev created many links to the original 1890 production through both the choreography and the dancers. Former ballerina Carlotta Brianza, who had danced the role of Aurora in the 1890 production, now danced the role of the wicked fairy Carabosse. On the 5th of January 1922 Diaghilev persuaded Maestro Cecchetti to perform the role of Carabosse to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a dancer. Cecchetti had created both the role of Carabosse and the Bluebird in the 1890 production.

Enrico Cecchetti in the role of Carabosse
Enrico Cecchetti in the role of Carabosse

Designer Richard Hudson has used Leon Bakst’s original design for Carabosse as the basis for his new design. Please have a look at this video of Hudson talking about his designs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCbZj5MZSw#t=153

Leon Bakst's design for Carabossse
Leon Bakst’s design for Carabosse
Richard Hudson's design for Carabosse
Richard Hudson’s design for Carabosse

The beautiful original costume for the role of Carabosse in now housed at the Museum of London.

Photograph of the surviving Carabosse costume and page from the 1968 Sotheby's auction catalogue
Photograph of the  Carabosse costume and page from the 1968 Sotheby’s auction catalogue
The surviving costume housed at the Museum of London
The surviving costume housed at the Museum of London

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