5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

The Sleeping Beauty is a reference ballet in terms of technique; and the role of Princess Aurora, which requires a high level of skill and preparation, is a cherished ambition of many ballerinas. Anastasia Isaeva chose five performances that are worth paying attention to.

Evgenia Obraztsova

The prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater is a perfect Aurora in terms of both her stage type and impeccable execution technique. Evgenia studied at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, so her dancing is a reflection of the “St. Petersburg style”. It can be seen in her smooth port de bras, as well as in the strict observance of all positions, turned-out passé and neat cou-de-pied. All pirouettes are done without any tension and lengthy preparation. Rapid tours pique, ballon in pas de chat and ballance create an image of a light, mischievous and cheerful princess.

 5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova, a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre, a Petersburger and, like Evgenia Obraztsova, a representative of the St. Petersburg school, stands out for the beauty of her proportions: the elongated lines create a special cantilena when performing the adagio. The technical capabilities of the ballerina are most pronounced in her grand tours, pirouettes, cabriole and grand jete, which are always performed according to the classical dance canons. At the same time, Smirnova never forgets about the dramatic content of the role: this is clearly seen not only when she is dancing the part of Aurora, but also in the role of the Lilac Fairy. 

5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

Olesya Novikova

The prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, mother of three children and former classmate of Evgenia Obraztsova, is one of the best contemporary performers of the part of Aurora. Looking at Aurora by Novikova, it is impossible not to note the accuracy of her every pas, which can be seen from the ballerina's first step on the stage. You get captivated by the precision and alignment of her poses: arabesque, attitude, ecarte, alasgone create the feeling of a porcelain figurine coming to life. It is worth mentioning here that Olesya performed the part of Aurora in the historical reconstruction of The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Sergei Vikharev.

5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

Angelina Vorontsova

Angelina Vorontsova is a ballerina with the Mikhailovsky Theater, one of the brightest ballet stars of St. Petersburg and a favorite student of Nikolai Tsiskaridze. At the Mikhailovsky Theater, The Sleeping Beauty ballet is staged by Nacho Duato, so Angelina's Aurora is somewhat different - more danceable and freer when compared with the classical version of the performance. Vorontsova's dancing combines the academicism of the St. Petersburg school: observance of the fifth position, calibrated arabesque, precise body position in all rotations. At the same time, work with the Bolshoi Theater put its imprint on her performing skill, which is expressed in the artistry and breadth of movement.

5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora

Polina Semionova

An international star, winner of numerous prestigious awards, one of the most famous ballerinas in the world today, Polina Semionova can be seen at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, and occasionally at the Mariinsky. Thanks to her extensive experience of working with outstanding choreographers, as well as the performance of the part of Aurora in various versions of the ballet, Polina demonstrates the freedom of dance in all the parts she performs. You can’t distinguish individual movements, a long preparation in Polina's dancing - it’s a series of the most complex dance pas creating a solid continuous pattern.

5 Contemporary Ballerinas as Princess Aurora