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The sleeping beauty
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Ashton and Sergeev, N after Petipa, M)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Dancer)
Somes, Michael, 1917-1994 (Dancer)
Grey, Beryl, 1927- (Dancer)
Jessen, Victor (Film editor)
Ashton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988 (Choreographer)
Sergeev, Nikolaĭ Grigorʹevich, 1876-1951 (Choreographer)
Petipa, Marius, 1818-1910 (Choreographer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Messel, Oliver, 1904-1978 (Designer)
Sadler's Wells Ballet (Performer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1949 - 1950 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Prologue (The christening) (24 min., 30 sec.) -- Act I (The spell) (28 min., 55 sec.) -- Act II The vision) (27 min., 20 sec.) -- Act III (Scene 1, The awakening. Scene 2, The wedding) (42 min., 30 sec.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-4675
Shelf locator: *MGZHB 16-1822
Jessen, Victor
Ballet in motion pictures
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: [presented by] the Sadler's Wells Ballet ; choreography by Frederick Ashton and Nikolai Sergeyev after Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Ninette de Valois ; music by Peter Tchaikovsky.
Creation/production credits: Scenery and costumes, Oliver Messel.
Performers: Performed by Margot Fonteyn (Princess Aurora), with Robert Helpmann (Act II) and Michael Somes (Act III) as Prince Florimund, Beryl Grey (Lilac fairy), Frederick Ashton (Carabosse), and artists of Sadler's Wells Ballet.
Venue: Filmed by Victor Jessen in 1949 and 1950 during various performances of the Sadler's Wells Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and other theaters during their U.S. tours. Edited, with addition of sound, in 1979 by Mr. Jessen.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (123 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12165245
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cfc1f4c0-e368-0130-b483-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1919: Creator Born
  • 1949: Created (Approximate)
  • 1991: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The sleeping beauty" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1949 - 1950.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The sleeping beauty" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 14, 2024.

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The sleeping beauty