The Royal Ballet
Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:47 AM
Can this be the old video (no longer on the market) with Fonteyn that had Firebird and Ondine? If so, get your VCRs ready
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:37 PM
The Royal Ballet 1960. ca. 135 min. : sd. color
Notes: A J. Arthur Rank presentation. Produced by Paul Czinner Productions for Poetic Films Ltd. in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Producer and director: Paul Czinner.
Performed by the Royal Ballet, London, starring Margot Fonteyn and Michael es.
CONTENTS: Swan lake: Act II excerpts (Valse, pas de deux, pas de quatre, rondo, and coda). Choreography: Frederick Ashton and Nikolai Sergeev after Ivanov and Petipa. Sets and costumes: Leslie Hurry. Cast: Margot Fonteyn (Odette), Michael Somes (Prince Siegfried), Bryan Ashbridge (Benno), Leslie Edwards (Von Rothbart); Ann Howard, Mavis Osborn, Clover Roope, and Antoinette Sibley (Cygnets), and corps de ballet. Firebird. Choreography: Serge Grigoriev and Lubov Tchernicheva after Mikhail Fokin. Music: Igor Stravinski. Sets and costumes: Natalia Goncharova. Cast: Margot Fonteyn (Firebird), Michael Somes (Prince Ivan), Rosemary Lindsay (The beautiful Tsarevna), Franklin White (Immortal Kostchei), and corps de Ballet -- Ondine: Acts I and II. Choreography: Frederick Ashton. Music: Hans Werner Henze. Sets and costumes: Lila de Nobili. Cast: Margot Fonteyn (Ondine), Michael Somes (Palemon), Julia Farron (Berta), Alexander Grant (Tirrenio), Leslie Edwards (Hermit), and corps de ballet -- Ondine (continued): Act III.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:54 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:10 PM
it's really old-fashioned, but it's REALLY wonderful. The swans move FAST, and the White Swan is a rather quick andante, and really DANCED -- the violin solo has a beat to it, about heart-beat speed -- the lifts are only shoulder-height, the extensions are not not high, but hte whole thing is a fantastic piece of characterization within the bounds of formal classicism --
Fonteyn plays a woman who does not want to be a swan. Details of her dancing are marvellous -- her head positions, the action in th back of the neck in arabesque -- and the huge back bend in attitude, which is so dramatic in the restrained overall performance that it feels like you see her at that moment deciding to put her fate in his hands.....
Don't miss it....
Posted 28 September 2003 - 07:11 AM
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