Videos of Giselle
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:59 PM
I love Mme. Fracci's mad scene, but again i still stick to my favorite: Mme. Alonso /Plisetsky. Like i said earlier, this production is from 1965, but in this scene the angles a wide open, the music goes at a fair tempo, not like other productions that i've seen where it gets truncated or killed in a super fast way, and the madness is recreated by Alonso in such a exquisite way...paying attention to simple and beautiful details (like Giselle following and fingerpointing to a non existent bird, or butterfly on the air ).She doesn't overact nor she gets into frenzy runnings, like i've seen too, but simply delivers pure insanity...
Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:06 AM
How fortunate you are to have videos of Cojocaru/Kobborg and Maximova/Vasiliev Giselles. The C/K has been on my wish list for ages - I really hope they release it commercially, and soon! Based on the snippets I've seen of Maximova's Giselle I'll bet the M/V is devastating. I never saw her live and my understanding is that she was considered to be more of a soubrette than a dramatic ballerina but the clips I've seen of her in the second act pdd (from one of the Russian ballet compilations) are just stunning. Her dancing is so delicate & ghostly yet fraught with emotion. Another one I'd love to have is the Lunkina/Tsiskaridze video. But my wish list wouldn't be complete without the Fonteyn/Nureyev Giselle. I didn't even know there was footage of this till I saw some excerpts in the new Nureyev special - what I wouldn't give to own a copy of that (but even if a complete film/video exists I'll bet it was never released commercially).
Of the Giselle videos I do have, my favorite by far is the Makarova/Baryshnikov ABT video. Not only were they both such great dancers, but they had such an affinity for the roles, and great chemistry together. Also the video is from 76 or 77 and caught both of them pretty early in their post Soviet careers - just the way I'll always remember them!
Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:43 AM
'perfect partnership' which i haven't seen in some time now also seems to include some of this filming.
the new york public library for the performing arts gives more than a half-dozen listings of films in its holdings that include parts of this BBC footage. i don't know of any vids that show it all. the NYPL has no separate listing for the 'full' BBC filming, however extensive that might have been.
as stated i know of no footage of the two together in act 1.
the attached, undated foto would seem to be from around '62 and shows the two dancers in act 1.
Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:42 AM
A footnote in the catalogue of the BBC's holdings says 'This is the only film of Fonteyn dancing Giselle'.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:35 AM
As for the Cojocaru/Kobborg it should certainly be on dvd. I hate closeups but for once I was glad there were many. The dancing is beautiful but never at the expense of the story. The emoting is subtle and sincere, they both possess great theatrical intelligence and have obviously thought long and hard about their Giselle. I was left with an impression of radiant humanity (for lack of a better expression) coming from both of them.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:46 AM
the NYPL seems not to have a copy of the film itself but lists that it's included in p.foy's THE MARGOT FONTEYN STORY.
perhaps the BBC meant to note that its film is the only footage of fonteyn in GISELLE opposite nureyev.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:29 AM
I went back last night to re watch this production, and again, i understood why do i love it. Is the "old fashioned" feeling of it...the lovely lightness of Bessmertnova, who had a beautiful body and very graceful dancing. I also love the dramatic atmosphere of the betrayal/madness scene, and the well adjusted organic corps. The dancing gets at its very best also because of the wide open stage and minimal sets. Personally, i like Bessmertnova better in Act I, wearing that cute fluffy skirt , although IMO she does a beautiful II Act too.
Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:26 PM
Theoretically the Faveo/Opus Arte DVD is intended for the European and Asian markets only, but since it's a region-free disc with NTSC picture format, it's practically tailor made for North America. European "mid price" is steep by North American standards, but having compared the Faveo releases of the Australian Ballet with their fuzzier Kultur counterparts, I think they're worth the extra change.
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