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The Sleeping Beauty

CBC taping

Veronica Tennant and Rudolf Nureyev rehearsing for the CBC television taping of The Sleeping Beauty (1972). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.

Rudolf Nureyev’s production of The Sleeping Beauty starring Veronica Tennant and the choreographer himself premiered at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on September 1, 1972.  Built at a cost of $412,500, it was the most expensive ballet the company had produced to date.  The venture went almost a third over-budget causing several members of the National Ballet's Board of Directors to mortgage their homes to help fund it. 
Shortly after the production’s premiere, the National Ballet partnered with the CBC to film The Sleeping Beauty. The production was recorded in October 1972 and premiered on CBC television on December 20, 1972. In 1973, The Sleeping Beauty won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program, Classical Music.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.