Giselle (Bolshoi) - Semenyaka
Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:49 AM
Posted 14 February 2008 - 11:35 AM
Working from memory here, as I don't have the DVD in front of me.
This Bolshoi GISELLE DVD with Semenyaka has been available for a while in some Europeans countries. I believe that I bought mine in the UK 2-3 years ago. Although it was filmed at the end of the ballerina's dancing career ca 1991, she danced quite well. Nadezhda Gracheva is fantastic as Myrta. I'm sorry to say that I don't remember who dances Albrecht except that it wasn't one of the top Bolshoi men of that era (or if he was, he did not make much of an impact!). At the time of the filming, the Bolshoi was dancing only the Yuri Grigorovich version of the ballet so I'm assuming that that's what we see here. It was well filmed for that era, I recall.
The real gem of this DVD, though, is the 'pre-performance featurette' of Semenyaka schlepping around her Moscow apartment, warming up, taking care of her little son and doing housewifey stuff. It's not the typical GISELLE DVD but one worth having.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 03:39 PM
Yes, I think it was released in 2005 in the UK - though I seem to have missed it. It may just be a new cover. Must go and order ...
Posted 14 February 2008 - 04:08 PM
Yes, indeed. Thanks, canbelto, and to Natalia for the review.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:30 PM
Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:54 AM
I love Semenyaka though.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:58 AM
I have not seen the video and seek comments of those who have.
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