It's not the most Christmassy DVD, but Kultur is releasing the Joffrey Ballet's film of Kurt Jooss' The Green Table on December 17, and that is fantastic news.
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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:25 PM
Oh excellent -- this is fabulous news. I'd be thrilled to get this for Christmas!!
Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:35 AM
I wonder if this is a copy of the Joffrey performance telecast many years ago? It featuring Philip Jerry as Death, Beatriz Rodriguez, Gary Chryst and others.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:06 AM
below is the NYPL cat. entry for the Dance in American program about THE GREEN TABLE - oddly the pianists are not credited, but the fact that soon-to-be-released video says the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, a name that post-dates the Joffrey Ballet of the '82 telecast and the fact that pianists named in Kultur's promo/credits ring no bells w/ me from the Joffrey of the '80s leads me to suppose that this is a recent filming of THE GREEEN TABLE with the current co. and not a release of the formerly telecast production, etc.
Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:43 AM
Amazon is taking pre-orders.
From what I can make out on the back cover, the ballet was filmed in 2000, directed by Thomas Grimm, produced by Jane Seymour and made by Reiner Moritz (RM) Associates.
Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:55 AM
I got this for Christmas. It's excellent. But there are always minor quibbles (I'm comparing it to the telecast in the 80's, which I taped). My major gripe is the photography; close ups, "dramatic" angles, close ups. Jeez! It really detracts from the dancing and the story; I read that the scenes at the table were choreographes so that every face could be seen and some of that was lost. The dancing was great tho I thought the mother could have looked older, and the girl in the brothal could have been just a tad more reluctant. All of these are minor quibbles; I highly recomment the DVD..
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