Sleeping Beauty at Vanemuine

Steven Melendez & Hayley Blackburn in Sleeping Beauty Hayley Blackburn & Steven Melendez in Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty (Uinuv Kaunitar) ballet performance at theater Vanemuine. Photos from control performance.

Stage of Sleeping Beauty

Choreographed by Pär Isberg (Royal Swedish Ballet),
Stage design by Bo Ruben Hedwall,
Costumes designed by Emma Gaufin.

Saori NagataSaori Nagata in Sleeping Beauty

Hayley Blackburn in Sleeping BeautySaori Nagata in Sleeping Beauty

I always have and probably always will be complaining about low lighting of the stage. Parameters of most of the photos are ISO1600 f/4 1/80..125. Actually I have to admit, that although it is a hard task for a photographer to catch good shots in such conditions, the scene is bring enough and enjoyable as seen by non-camera-equipped audience. However, this time even the critics said that some scenes were too dark to see what is going on at the stage.

Steven Melendez & Hayley Blackburn in Sleeping BeautySteven Melendez & Hayley Blackburn in Sleeping Beauty

Guy William BurdenGuy William Burden


Steven MelendezHayley Blackburn in Sleeping Beauty

Mantas Daraškevicius

Photos are published with permission from Theater Vanemuine and dancers displayed on the photos. Thanks to Hayley, Saori, Kristina, Steven, Guy and Mantas for the permissions.

Stage of Sleeping Beauty

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5 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauty at Vanemuine

  • Ranno

    Tänud Sulle Arvo! Sinult, kellel endal alati fantastilised pildid, on kiitust väga hea kuulda.

    Balletti tasuks kindlasti vaatama minna. Usun, et Onegin, Giselle ja Uinuv Kaunitar väga nauditavad.

  • Roderick Birrell

    The photos are great.
    My wife and I travelled from Southport, England, to Tartu for the premiere. (Hayley Blackburn is my wife’s niece.) I enjoyed it very much even though I am not a great fan of ballet.

  • Ranno

    Dear Roderick,

    Thank You very much for Your good words. Hayley has told me that her family is always very happy see the photos I have taken. As I am a hobby-photographer and I don’t get paid for the photos, such good words from You and Hayley are my greatest reward.

    I have, however, received some complaints from other dancers – howcome the best photos are always of Hayley and why aren’t there so beautiful photos of them :) I have to admit, that I love taking photos of her and as long as she is on stage, being as graceful and beautiful as she is, my camera is usually pointed at her only.