Watch those old ballet tapes!
Posted 29 September 2003 - 09:56 AM
The moral of the story is: watch your taped ballets every now and then. Your eye and your taste change and it’s like a whole new set of ballets.
I really do love ballet!
Posted 29 September 2003 - 10:15 AM
(I'd say, parenthetically, that I agree with what you wrote on "In the Middle." My theory is that Paris can make anything look classical I liked this ballet very much when I saw a tape of POB dancers, but less so when I saw Frankfurt Ballett do it. While you're going through tapes, if you have the Balanchine biography, watch that "Western Symphony" -- LeClercq was the one who made me love the ballet.)
It is fun -- any more rediscoveries?
Posted 06 October 2003 - 06:13 PM
Bourne's SL is not my favorite but Cooper is wonderful in it. And, unlike other SL's I cry at the end of this one every time I see it. I don't know why.
Ek's Giselle is alarming! I recalled being shocked by it the first time I watched it but still liking it. I now remember why I was shocked, and even though it's a bit too...shall we say..."earthy" for me I liked it even more. I don't understand much of it; unfortunately some of it I understand all too well! The dancing by the leads is superb; strong technique and long lines. At first I thought the choreography was modern but soon realized it's very balletic. I then wondered why Ek hadn't done it on pointe but it was quickly obvious that it would be impossible to do on pointe. I found it surprising that the camera was often aimed away from the main action on stage; when Albrecht's nudity in the final scene was carefully "minimized" I realized why!
We tape these programs for a reason. Watch them! (No, silly; not for the nudity, for the dancing.)
Posted 07 October 2003 - 03:30 PM
Posted 07 October 2003 - 06:12 PM
alas, as you've already noted and pointed out, the balanchine library that exists on video hasn't been re-issued on dvd. let's hope it's only a matter of time before such a changeover will happen, but until then, the videocassettes are all that's out there.
the general dvd range is limited but there seem to be new titles making their way to dvd slowly.
if your dvd player can deal w/ PAL format DVDs as well as NTSC ones, which i THINK means also having a PAL-compatible monitor, you'd have an already enlarged range of possibilities.
Posted 07 October 2003 - 07:33 PM
Posted 08 October 2003 - 04:32 AM
but, long story short, dvds are NOT interchangeable from 'region' to 'region' or 'zone'
we here in the US are in region/zone 1; england, etc. i believe is zone/region 2, and the beat goes on.
so does the frustration and confusion.
Posted 08 October 2003 - 04:59 AM
Posted 08 October 2003 - 07:02 AM
The recent documentary about the POB, Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, will be released on a Region 1 (North America) DVD on Oct. 21. Amazon carries it (hint, hint -- see banner at top of page).
There tends to be more available on PAL, for ex. the POB is releasing a whole series of new discs of the company performing Nureyev's productions that include a featurette of them rehearsing etc.. with interviews. There are about 4 or so out now, but only Romeo and Juliet is available in the U.S. Who knows if they're going to release the others here. They released the POB Don Q. here earlier this year, but not the Sleeping Beauty.
Also, multi-region DVD players are available in the U.S. (and other countries). See my post here.
Posted 25 November 2003 - 01:59 PM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 02:12 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 06:21 AM
Wes Chapman is the AD of Albama Ballet.You were probably thinking of Kathleen Moore who danced a lot of "character" roles( very well too) during her time at ABT.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 07:36 AM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 08:01 AM
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