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Natasha, Moscow 1969 & Dancing for Dollars

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Here are some upcoming DVDs from Kultur, to be released on March 27th.

Natasha

Natalia Makarova dances pieces by Fokine, Ashton, MacMillan, Petit and Béjart, among others, partnered by Anthony Dowell, Denys Ganio, Gary Chryst and Tim Flavin

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGBTIY/

World's Young Ballet

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lyudmila Semenyaka compete at the 1969 Moscow International Ballet Competition. DVD also includes film footage of Anna Pavlova. The poor woman is probably spinning in her grave.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGBTOS/

For fans of disaster flics:

Dancing for Dollars

The Bolshoi tries to take Vegas, plus Oleg Vinogradov's final year in charge of the Kirov. Yikes.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MGBTOS/

Oddly enough there is no information on these releases on the Kultur site as of yet.

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Thank you volcanohunter for the heads up. Having seen two of the three on VHS, I can say they are interesting. The Bolshoi in Vegas and the Kirov in St. Petersburg does sound intriguing. Is there anyone who knows about Kultur DVDs and what format they have used? Having purchased a few DVDs overseas only to be confronted by them not working in the US, I am a bit apprehensive! :jawdrop:

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Kultur's main US distribution center is in New Jersey, so only overseas if you live in Manhattan.

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Thank you Major Johnson. I have also emailed them. I know the videos work here. :wink:

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Dancing for Dollars sounds like its targeted to the reality TV crowd.

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Dancing for Dollars sounds like its targeted to the reality TV crowd.

Personally, I wouldn't be in a hurry to watch that Bolshoi train wreck again. It was produced as a serious documentary, but I can see how it could appeal to tastes honed by reality TV.

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Dancing for Dollars sounds like its targeted to the reality TV crowd.

Personally, I wouldn't be in a hurry to watch that Bolshoi train wreck again. It was produced as a serious documentary, but I can see how it could appeal to tastes honed by reality TV.

And if I recal correctly there's almost no performance footage - a couple of brief shots of a young Gracheva in Swan Lake but you really have to look to catch it

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And if I recall correctly there's almost no performance footage - a couple of brief shots of a young Gracheva in Swan Lake but you really have to look to catch it

As I remember it, you're right about the amount of performance footage, but I think it's a fascinating look at the collision of marketing cultures -- this comes at the end of a period when you could just mention that the Bolshoi or the Kirov would be making an appearance and you'd fill the house. The companies were touring themselves endlessly, making Western dollars, and their reputations were very powerful. The film might not be much as a record of their dancing, but it's a record of the time.

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Natasha is well worth getting though. I have it on videotape. The Month in the Country pdd with Anthony Dowell is worth the price of the entire dvd.

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