What's your favorite ballet video?
Posted 05 November 1998 - 09:23 PM
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Posted 23 November 1998 - 11:44 PM
The Royal Ballet's web site doesn't mention a shop. Does Bussell feature in any other videos? Are there any of her dancing with Guillem?
Thanks in advance for any answers, Ewan
Posted 24 November 1998 - 02:36 AM
This probably won't be of much help to you, but I bought my copy of "La Bayadere" at Borders Books and Records. While you could do the same online at www.borders.com, this video is in NTSC format (North American), and wouldn't work on a U.K. television.
Other videos with Darcey (all NTSC) are:
"Prince of the Pagodas" RB w/Fiona Chadwick, Jonathan Cope and Anthony Dowell.
"Winter Dreams" RB w/Irek Mukhamedov, Viviana Durante, Anthony Dowell and Nicola Tranah
"Mayerling" RB w/ Darcey in a supporting role. The stars are Irek Mukhamedov and Viviana Durante.
"Gala Tribute to Tchaikovsky" RB and Royal Opera. Darcey and Zoltan Solymosi dance Balanchine's "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux." Also includes duets by Durante & Sansom (Anastasia), Benjamin & Kumakawa (Nutcracker), and Collier & Mukhamedov (Sleeping Beauty).
"Balanchine Celebration Part II" NYCB. Darcey and Lindsay Fischer dance the "Agon" pas de deux.
Also, an unnamed and as yet unknown Darcey can be seen in the first part of Makarova's "Ballerina" series. (Not commercially available.) In part one there are scenes of various major ballet schools; in the shots at the Royal Ballet's school one can see an adorable teenaged Darcey at the barre.
Posted 24 November 1998 - 11:21 AM
Regarding compatibility of American/British formats, it might be possible to view these videos on a British television. I know that American videos can be viewed on Danish TV; there are occasional horizontal lines, and it's not perfect, but it's quite watchable. I'm not sure if the Danish and British are the same system, though. Perhaps some of our British readers would know, or have had some experience watching American videos?
(Unfortunately, it doesn't work the other way. I have to have the Danish videos converted; all you get is visual noise on American TV. Not fair!)
Posted 24 November 1998 - 02:35 PM
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Posted 25 November 1998 - 10:44 AM
who doesn't know what the letters mean, either, except they're Eurpoean for BARRIER
Posted 25 November 1998 - 09:31 PM
PAL stands for Phase Alteration Line. In the PAL signal, the subcarrier from the color burst is inverted in phase from one scanning line to the next.
These signals have several other differences, including the scanning rate.
~Steve the techie
Posted 26 November 1998 - 12:42 PM
Posted 26 November 1998 - 08:51 PM
Thank you very much for the information on Darcey Bussell videos. I'm looking forward to building a collection around it.
I expect you've read her book: 'Life in Dance'. If not, I strongly recommend it, not least because she has an engaging honesty that makes one admire her all the more.
Luckily my VCR will play back an NTSC tape on a PAL set. To those of you in the States (and elsewhere) who can afford them, I understand Panasonic's 'One World' and Samsung's SV-4000W will play back any tape on any TV. The latter retails at around £1,000 ($1,660) here, though of course - if you're prepared to haggle - you can probably get it for far less.
Posted 05 December 1998 - 12:58 AM
Today I went to "La bibliothèque de la Danse" that's the "Library of Dance" at "l'École Supérieur de Danse du Québec" which is the official school affiliated with "Les Grands Ballets Canadiens". I went there because there was this answer to the quiz I could not find in my books at home...
The person responsable for the library is Vincent Warren. Vincent used to be principal with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, but he also teaches dance history and that is where I met him (I took this class at university just for the fun of it. And I LOVED IT.) Don't worry, Vincent only points me to the books I ask him for (it would be no fun anyway if the gave me the answers, I want to search for them!)
After my "homework" was done, Vincent who knows me very well ("balletically" speaking) asked me if I had an hour to spare, went into his 500 videos collection and put a tape in...
It was "Une Étoile pour l'Exemple". Did you see that one Estelle? It's a one hour long documentary (by Dominique Delouche) where Yvette Chauvirée (in 1988, I think she was already in her seventies) teaches some of her great roles to principals of the Paris Opera Ballet: "Giselle" to Florence Clerc, "Ishtar" to Isabelle Guérin, "Grand Pas Classique" to Sylvie Guillem, "Les Deux Pigeons" to Marie-Claude Pietragalla, "The Dying Swan" to Dominique Khalfouni (I suppose she came from Marseille especially for this, but I know she is originally from POB) and, ... "Nautéus" to Monique Loudière. (I left what I feel is the best for the end! )She was fabulous.
When that was over, I thought the tape was over but Vincent said to just wait and look: it was "Grand Pas Classique" with... who else but Monique Loudières and Manuel Legris in a gala performance in Vienna. What a day...
Dominique Delouche also did a film on Monique Loudières. It's an hour long, but I can't seem to be able to find it. Can anyone help me? I would be interested in buying new original copies of these two videos.
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