GiselleAdolphe AdamBalletto in 2 atti di Theophile Gautier e Vernoy de Saint-Georges Coreografie di Giovanni Coralli e Jules Perrot Versionme di M.L.LavrovskijCorpo di Ballo del Teatro dell' Opera di Roma Orchestra del Teatro dell' Opera di Roma
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake performed by Opera National de Paris and directed by Gerard Mortier.
A performance by the Dutch National Ballet choreographed by Hans Van Manen. 'Grosse Fuge' is accompanied by an abstract ballet which concerns relationships.
The awesome technique and strength of the Bolshoi Ballet is shown to great effect in Yuri Grigorvich's legendary Spartacus; the epic story of a Thracian slave's fight for freedom. Grigorvich's choreography fills the huge Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict. This 1984 performance was directed for video by Preben Montell and stars two of the greatest artists of the Bolshoi Ballet of recent years. Irek Mukhamedov brings his stunning technique to the role of Spartacus and Natalya Bessmertnova gives a deeply moving performance as his wife Phrygia.
Natalia Makarova is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest ballerinas of our age. The content of this television spectacular was chosen to show off the astonishing range and artistry of this uniquely gifted dancer. Some of Makarova's most acclaimed interpretations are featured in this recording alongside dances created especially for her. Highlights include her portrayal of Natalya Petrovna in Ashton's A Month in the Country and Juliet in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet as well as extracts from Carmen Manon Les Sylphides and the musicals On Your Toes and Begin the Beguine. She is partnered by Anthony Dowell Denys Ganio Tim Flavin Gary Chryst and the Norman Maen Dancers. The dance programme is linked by Makarova and her charming personality fascinating life and love of dance shine through to create an intriguing visual biography of one of the greatest female dancers of our time. The music for Natasha was specially recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.
The great Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso was one of the major 20th-century figures of both classical and contemporary dance in North and South America Europe and her native country. This compilation of performances dating from 1958 to 1985 includes extracts from many of her most celebrated roles often in her own choreography that she nevertheless based on original sources. They range from classics such as Giselle Swan Lake Don Quixote and Coppelia to unusual works such as Oedipus Rex (music by Leo Brouwer) and Pas de Quatre. Alonso was the rarest of her breed: a consummate technician a compelling actress and a dancer of innate musicality and intelligence. If only one word could be used to describe her artistry it would be complete.
CinderellaBallet in two acts.
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Royal Swedish Ballet)
An exploration of the Nureyev ballets. This programme features 'La Bayadere'. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a Bayadere who is later killed by her rival.
The Bolshoi Ballet was formed in 1776 by an Englishman Michael Maddox and the Russian patron of the arts Prince Urusov. Today the dancers are the elite product of an eight year course at the Moscow Choreographic Institute and the ballet has a reputation unsurpassed by any other company in the World. In total there are some three hundred dancers and more than four hundred backstage staff. This production of The Nutcracker features the music of Pyortilyich Tchaikovsky performed by the Bolchoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Rojdestresnki with star dancers Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Assiliev.
Professional ballet dancer Michelle Lungberg instructs the class . In Tinkerbell Dance Studio: Ballet the class starts at the barre (you can use a chair instead). Once Michelle introduces 1st through 5th positions she moves on to Plies Tondus Degajes Rondejambs Passes and Piques. After that the class stretches and moves to centre: Next Michelle continues with Tondus Degajes Pas De Bourres Balences and jumps. The program ends with the proper way to bow like a professional ballerina! This fun beginner ballet class is packed with all the basics and great music too!
In Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, the hero believes he has cheated the devil and lives to regret his cleverness. The aftermath of the First World War had left the composer convinced of an aesthetic of austerity, so here he replaces his huge pre-war scores with the Ballet Russes with a few dancers, a few instruments and narrators. The score, brilliantly played, includes a lot of genre dances--a tango, a waltz, a ragtime--as well as fragmentary jagged marches and love scenes that drift with deliberate grace into the further reaches of tonality. Kylian's choreography involves a rather larger cast than most--many of the dance numbers are performed as a "divertissement" for the soldier and his princess--and some slightly corny staging: at the end, dragged off to Hell, the soldier disappears into a red dry-ice mist. None the less, this version is superbly danced, with a real sense of menace, moments of fairytale beauty and passionately cynical flippantness. The DVD has menus and subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish, and contains trailers for other ArtHaus releases. --Roz Kaveney
Includes: Romeo And Juliet: Featuring the one act version of this outstanding ballet designed and choreographed by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov and set to theTchaikovsky overture. Also featuring the superbly choreographed and exquisitely danced 'Death of Anna Karennina'. Don Quixote: The athletic grace and beauty of the ballet tells the delusional story of Don Quixote on this extraordinary DVD. Starring Nadzedah Pavlova Music by Minkus choreography adapted by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Based on the original by Petipa. The Carmen Suite: This stylish modern ballet set in a symbolic bullring captures the spirit and passion of Merimee's novella. Music by Rodion Schedrin and choreography by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.
Recorded live at The Victorian Arts Centre in Australia. Set in a peasant village in the French countryside La Fille Mal Gardee is a delightful tale of the difficult path of young love. Widow Simone is determined to betroth her wilful daughter Lise to the eccentric son of the rich farmer but Lise ans her lover Carlos conspire to thwart the widow's plans. Music by Ferdinand Herold arranged by John Lanchbery. Choreography by Frederick Ashton staged by Faith Worth. Artistic director: Maina Gielgud.
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