Question--Your List of "Essential" Ballet VideosDaughter wants to start a collection
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:27 AM
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You might find Robert Greskovic's Ballet 101 useful. He has an extensive videography that answers many of your questions. The book is a few years old now and keyed to videos -- but many of the most important videos have been released on DVD.
But for now, whawt are your Desert Island DVDs? The basics for a collection?
Posted 18 November 2003 - 10:28 AM
Without a doubt your best guide to all this is Robert Greskovic's (BalletTalk board member rg) must-have book Ballet 101. It has an appendix video guide that separates the wheat from the chaff. Use it to start a checklist. Ebay & Half.com are excellent sources for out of print hard to find videos, but it takes a lot of diligence and patience. My daughter plays the ABT DVD's to death! Be sure to include the Royal, Kirov and Bolshoi. And of course: Balanchine.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 11:23 AM
Sleeping Beauty - Sizova/Soloviev, or Kolpakova-Berezhnov, or even Lezhnina-Ruzimatov
Swan Lake - Mezentseva - Zaklinsky (or Makhalina - Zelensky)
Paquita - Makhalina - Zelensky
These are "to begin with" tapes for me
Posted 18 November 2003 - 11:38 AM
1. The Erik Bruhn/Nureyev Bell Telephone Hour performances
2. Swan Lake with Makhalina
3. Le Corsaire with Asylmuratova
4. Don Quixote with Terekhova
5. "Essential Ballet"
6. "Kirov Classics"
7. Sleeping Beauty with Sizova
8. Sleeping Beauty with Asylmuratova
9. Sleeping Beauty with Kolpakova
10. Sleeping Beauty with Lezhnina
Not exactly the most balanced list, but I love it .
Posted 18 November 2003 - 01:17 PM
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A favorite video of mine is Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze, from 1981. The dancers are Karin von Aroldingen, Suzanne Farrell, Sara Leland, Heather Watts, Jacques d'Amboise, Ib Andersen, Adam Luders, and Peter Martins. It's 43 minutes long.
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But on a serious note, I'd recommend Baryshnikov at Wolf Trap, if only to see rare footage of Gelsey Kirkland. At the time of this filming, she was approaching her most severe anorexic phase -- not there yet. She was far from the top of her form. Still, well, it's Gelsey. And Mischa looks pretty great there, too.
It includes his solo, Vestris, the Act III pdd from Coppelia, the Act III pdd from DonQ.
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