What's your favorite ballet video?
Posted 12 June 2001 - 01:44 AM
From the first moment you see the Swan you'll know this is not your mother's Swan Lake!
Also I highly reccomend the Royal Ballets Mayerling with Vivianna Durante and Irek Mukhamedov - a powerful story that will knock your socks off.
Posted 12 June 2001 - 03:28 PM
Posted 12 June 2001 - 03:59 PM
It is an innovative take on the Oedipel story with incredible acting and dancing.
The DVD is awesome and the music is great.
Swans after all are not sweetness and light animals. They are fierce and strong and I think that men doing the roles played that up nicely.
A brief moment is shown at the end of Billy Elliot.
Critcs and fans alike loved this ballet.
Now, that said, Eck's version with bald swans and a destruction of the music is plain awfu - got and still gets horrid reviews.
Posted 13 June 2001 - 03:44 PM
Posted 14 June 2001 - 10:08 PM
Posted 15 June 2001 - 06:15 AM
Every scene is fun to watch. When I was younger, in performances I'd sit impatiently through the market scenes, the ballroom scene, etc to get to the R+J bits. But with this version, I get as much pleasure from the dancing harlots as I get from the romance.
Posted 15 June 2001 - 03:21 PM
Sleeping Beauty w/Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra is gorgeous.
Swan Lake w/John Lanchberry and the Philharmonia is also gorgeous
Prokofiev's Cinderella w/Previn and the LSO is great.
Posted 16 June 2001 - 01:18 AM
Even with as many raves this DVD got I still sent my back to Amazon. The dancers looked like they were on speed.
Posted 16 June 2001 - 11:26 AM
Mel, you saw this one. Did you think it had been "enhanced?"
Posted 16 June 2001 - 11:52 AM
Posted 16 June 2001 - 12:53 PM
It was more than just fast turns ... fast peeling fruit for example, and head/hand movements that were just plain unnatural. But humorous!
But Nureyev - I had forgotten what a great dancer he was.
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