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#1 volcanohunter

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 09:34 PM

TDK's next ballet release is the Makarova staging of La Bayadère from La Scala, taped last May with Zakharova and Bolle. Now I understand why the Royal Ballet's production was reissued at mid price.

http://www.tdk-music...ng&from_id=2578
http://www.tdk-music...ng&from_id=2267

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:54 AM

Goodness, I hope this doesn't mean that the RB DVD is going out of print! :)

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:00 PM

Goodness, I hope this doesn't mean that the RB DVD is going out of print! :)

On the contrary. The DVD had been out of print, but it's now been reissued at a lower price.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:36 AM

Oooh! Zakharova is wonderful as Nikiya, so this should be a wonderful DVD!

This web site lists a release date of Feb 27.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:21 PM

If you're interested in reading an eyewitness account of the performance, here is a link to Marc Haegeman's review. I hope he doesn't object!

www.danceviewtimes.com/2006/Spring/09/lascala.html

#6 volcanohunter

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 09:39 PM

The DVD will be released on 27 February, as art076 has already pointed out, and can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/B000M2EBX8

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 09:48 PM

Thank you for the heads up, volcanohunter!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:52 AM

Last week Film & Arts Channel showed this performance... I saw it three times (2 on sunday and 1 the next friday) and it was awesome!!... Sveta is THE BEST!!... I loved her performance of Nikiya!!!... I record it on vhs and now I'm transfering the video to my laptop :jawdrop:

#9 volcanohunter

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:05 PM

I've started watching this DVD, and so far I'm underwhelmed. Zakharova and Bolle seem concerned primarily with showing off their fine legs. I can't really say I expected anything different.

Thoughts, anyone?

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:39 PM

So far I've watched up through the end of the "Shades" scene. The production on DVD moves snippily along - the conductor moves fast and so does the action on stage. Zakharova is quite beautiful (yes, those legs!!) in the Kingdom of the Shades and is also lovely in the dance with flower basket during the wedding scene. Bolle is a good partner, and I find his sturdy virtuosity very satisfying as well - its not overly showy or flashy, but still very athletic and refined.

The rest of the company is underwhelming: Isabel Brusson lacks the required dramatic presence for Gamzatti and also doesn't have technical pizzazz that gets dancers through the role. The Grand Pas de Deux in the wedding scene was tentative and she blandly made her way through that much-excerpted variation. She does have a strikingly beautiful face, though, which makes her staring - I'm not sure if it's meant to be intense of simply blank - impactful on close-up. And those Shades soloists in the Kingdom of the Shades are all smiling brightly, which annoys me: aren't the girls supposed to be dead? It's not quite Don Q... the rest of the corps was perfectly lovely in the Shades scene though, and I thought the filming of it was decent as well.

The DVD is worth it though, for Zakharova. I think she's exquisite in her sections, and Bolle is a wonderful complement.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 08:26 AM

And those Shades soloists in the Kingdom of the Shades are all smiling brightly, which annoys me: aren't the girls supposed to be dead?

I wonder: what can one do when faced with whirling waltzes and perky polkas while playing dead Indian temple dancers? At this point I find the Minkus music rather unhelpful.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 09:07 AM

Would this or other La Scala DVDs even exist if it weren't for Zakharova's guest starring? At least we get to see the progress & status of a large but little-known European troupe, thanks to the Zakharova connection. Bolle is wonderful, of course, but he alone would not cop a DVD-series deal.

As for Zakharova - I love the legs, insteps & arms/hands but I find her Nikiya to be cold, unmusical, self-absorbed and too diva-ish (seeming to care more about presenting herself -- particularly her legs -- than the character that she is supposed to be portraying). The coldness works well in Shades but absolutly not in the rest. I've finally figured it out: Svetlana Zakharova is Alina Somova with a bit of finesse.

Sorry but I'll take a member of my warm-blooded Holy Quartet -- Vishneva, Pavlenko, Obraztsova and Osipova -- any day over SZ. What a shame that one of those four did not cop that La Scala DVD deal. Vishneva is under-represented on commercial DVDs, while Pavlenko, Obraztsova & Osipova are non-existent. But we have a full Zakharova collection...grrrrr.... Well, at least somebody knows how to market herself. :)

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 05:26 PM

Would this or other La Scala DVDs even exist if it weren't for Zakharova's guest starring? At least we get to see the progress & status of a large but little-known European troupe, thanks to the Zakharova connection. Bolle is wonderful, of course, but he alone would not cop a DVD-series deal.

I suspect that La Scala's ballet company got this distribution deal on the strength of its opera company's prestige. To be fair, the first three La Scala ballet productions released through TDK--Excelsior, Romeo & Juliet and La Chauve-Souris--did not feature Zakharova. But the fact that the subsequent three releases star the same dancers does suggest that the company is not deep in strength. If I were its AD, I'd be afraid of giving the impression that the company is merely a rent-a-corps for a famous guest ballerina. I wonder which of La Scala's ballet productions will be filmed this year, as we can probably expect to see it on DVD also. Perhaps it will be Sleeping Beauty starring... Svetlana Zakharova :).

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 06:20 PM

Sorry but I'll take a member of my warm-blooded Holy Quartet -- Vishneva, Pavlenko, Obraztsova and Osipova -- any day over SZ. What a shame that one of those four did not cop that La Scala DVD deal. Vishneva is under-represented on commercial DVDs, while Pavlenko, Obraztsova & Osipova are non-existent. But we have a full Zakharova collection...grrrrr.... Well, at least somebody knows how to market herself.


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Fully agrees. Zakharova is really, err, overrepresented on video. This Bayadere? I'll say for the millionth time how much I hate Makarova's Bayadere, from the drastic slash and burn of the Engagement scene, to the artificially souped up orhcestrations (so different from the simple but beautiful orchestrations of both the POB and Kirov) to reducing the Shades from 32 to 24, and I don't like her reconstruction of the lost act either. But Zakharova I saw in Bayadere and she's exactly the same here -- beautiful but ice cold. Beautiful in the Shades scene but unaffecting elsewhere. Her Nikya has little vulnerability. She has two expressions -- furrowed brow when she's upset, smile when she's happy.
I agree with Natalia about the underrepresentation on video of a whole generation of dancers. At least we have Vishneva's unforgettable Giselle on dvd.

#15 Helene

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:10 PM

I have to admire both Zakharova and La Scala for pulling this off; it looks like a win-win business deal.

For posterity, it will be Zakharova's performances that are discussed, because they'll be on the rare recordings that are preserved. And La Scala will get its name out there.


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