Best ballet DVDs
Posted 10 December 2001 - 03:17 PM
Posted 10 December 2001 - 04:30 PM
ashton's 'cinderella' w/ ashton himself as the 'shy' 'ugly' sister and sibley and dowell in the leads as a fine disk, ditto 'an evening w/ the royal ballet' and the kirov 'swanlake' w/ mesentzeva & zaklinsky, as well as nureyev's 'don quixote' w/ the australian ballet & nureyev and aldous (all these from Kultur); additionally for a hollywood-movie view of ballet/dancing both "center stage" w/ its special features offering the scripted movie's dance sequences, separately, without dialogue/plot interruptions and 'goldwyn follies' (with the fabled 'waternymph' ballet and the pre-west-side-story romeo&juliet takeoff) are interesting companion disks--one from the 30s w/ its movie aesthetic and the other from the 90s with its own slickness. other 'swanlake's (and there are fewer than one might imagind) include the historica fonteyn/nureyev perf. in nureyev's staging for vienna state op. ballet and makarova's for london festival, which has the wonderous ashton pas de quatre among its highlights. two good balanchines are warner's film of 'the nutcracker' w/ new york city ballet and the bbc filming of 'midsummer night's dream' with pacific northwest ballet.
as far as opera is concerned, from this ballet collector's point of view, the bergman 'magic flute' is a real treat, esp. for the old-world staging recorded for the film and, from left field, the 1925/29 lon chaney silent 'phantom of the opera' w/the likely authentic paris opera ballet sequences, with a large corps de ballet number recorded on the (garnier?) stage, neatly concentrated in the chapter called: 'A night at the opera.' (the syberberg 'parsifal' is a handsomely done 2-disk set.)
and as alexandra might like me to note, if we buy our dvd's thru balletalert's link to amazon.com, we're all helping ballet even if we buy opera dvd's!
Posted 19 December 2001 - 04:21 PM
Also The Kirovs 'Le Corsaire is fantastic on DVD the quality is amazing!
Posted 19 December 2001 - 11:18 PM
did i forget to recommend 'the red shoes'? if so it was an oversight, i highly recommend this criterion collection dvd.
[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: rg ]
Posted 20 December 2001 - 11:58 AM
The ABT version of Le Corsaire is available on DVD. You can purchase it via amazon.com
Posted 27 December 2001 - 10:13 PM
frown.gif Sadly the only DVD player we own right now resides in this computer!
Food for thought. Thank you!
Posted 06 January 2002 - 06:27 PM
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Posted 20 January 2002 - 09:57 AM
Posted 20 January 2002 - 11:37 AM
You will also find some in stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble.
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