nutcracker DVDany recommendation?
Posted 03 July 2008 - 07:51 PM
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 09:59 PM
Cubanmiamiboy, thanks for your recommendation. I'd definitely check out the production with Collier/Dowell.
BTW, may I ask if the Act Two is shorter or longer than Act One in the Collier version, please?
Posted 04 July 2008 - 12:06 AM
In my opinion the BRB production is absolutely THE ONE TO WATCH!!! I find it much more to my taste than the RB version and sometimes find it hard to believe that they were mounted by the same man. It is available on DVD with Miyako Yoshida and Irek Mukhamedov in the leading roles. I would love a newer film with some of the current BRB dancers - Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao would be my choice. It is advertised on the BRB website (www.brb.org.uk) on the "shopping" tab.
For a different take on the Nutcracker you could see if Matthew Bourne's version is available. This is set in a children's home that make's Oliver Twist's look like the Ritz and it is super fun.
I've seen lots of different videos from the Kirov and the Bolshoi available in the UK over the years, but have never watched any of them so can't comment.
Posted 04 July 2008 - 02:21 AM
I just did some diggings on the BRB production... In case there are other nutcracker fans like me, the BRB production mentioned by JMcN is not currently available outside of Europe. This BRB production was filmed in 1994. I contacted BRB shop and they said the DVD was designed for Region Code 2 (PAL) and therefore not multi-region friendly. As well, they told me that since the license had already expired, they now only have limited copies available for this 1994 production.
Just thought I'd include the info here - BRB also said that you must call them to place an order over the phone if you reside outside of UK, i.e. BRB web site currently processes local orders but not international orders.
Posted 13 July 2008 - 09:01 PM
Although the picture quality of both of the older productions aren't as great as the recent Cojocaru's version, I'm pleased to have added them into my collection.
I just want to express my thanks to cubanmiamiboy and JMcN.
Posted 13 July 2008 - 09:17 PM
It's against God to morph Clara in something else than the seating girl being amused at the spectacle being offered. Her only task during the 2nd Act., offered back from XIX Century, is that of being a smiling pro, a little innocent girl performing series of clapping and happy nodding. Period!...and then,...Oohh, look who's coming... the sublime, ethereal, sugary, beautiful Fairy and her Cavalier. Musica, Maestro!!
the BRB's Act Two is about how Clara gradually becomes aspired and transformed into the Sugar Plum Fairy, the ballerina of her dreams.
Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:50 PM
Looking at what I've written earlier, I also realize I've missed out a few little things - originally in Act One of the BRB production, Clara has a ballerina doll that looks like the Sugar Plum Fairy. So, when I see her dreaming, dancing and then transforming into the Sugar Plum Fairy in Act Two, I don't find it awkward.
As well, in Act Two, Clara is not transported to the Land of Sweets (with a white castle) but rather to a more colorful setting where the dream world of Clara's consists of the sun, the flowers and the dancers from the many lands.
I'm still working on expanding my nutcracker collection... The next nutcracker DVD that I'll be watching is the Balanchine's NYCB1993 version.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:43 AM
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 11:58 AM
p.s-Katalina...what i love about Nut productions, is not their resemblance with Alonso's, but rather the following of the original sequence, in which Alonso's and Wright's fit in.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 12:13 PM
I would AVOID any of the Bolshoi Nuts as they are Grigorivich's production, to wish I can only say ... um, it's not very good.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 12:33 PM
As to Culkin, yes, I agree that he doesn't hurt the show badly, but it's funny to see him with his contemporaries who stayed with ballet after he dropped it. He was an SAB student, and you can see the self-consciousness all over his performance. It wasn't exactly fish-out-of-water, but more like frog-underwater-too-long. I found myself feeling sorry for him, a bit.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:11 PM
Cubanmiamiboy, thanks for the clarification. I "winked" in my earlier reply because I've always loved the way your passion for ballet shines through in all of your posts.
It's such a joy to see people not afraid to represent their passion with honesty in this world and I'm glad to find plenty of great enthusiasts in this forum.
While this may seem quite stupid to confess, I started the process to collect nutcrackers because I want to see more of the "Waltz of the Snowflakes" in different productions. I know this scene may seem trivial to many but it's what ignites my desire to watch ballet again. After deliberately not touching the subject of ballet for almost 20 years, it's not easy to catch up. So, thanks for accommodating me here and I just hope I don't sound like a nuisance to everyone.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 03:39 PM
You never need to excuse yourself here for allowing the rest of us to opinionate on a topic you start!
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