Recommendations for ballet videos
Posted 09 May 2001 - 11:04 AM
I was wondering if anyone here has seen the RB and Australian versions of Manon. I'm having a hard time deciding which to get.
Also, any feedback on RB's Mayerling video would be greatly appreciated.
And could someone recommend a reputable, but not overpriced US website where I could get RB's La Bayadere. For some strange reason, it hasn't been released in the UK, and isn't even available in the UK format.
Posted 09 May 2001 - 11:17 AM
The RB Mayerling is one of my favorite ballet videos. PERIOD. I really liked the camera work and find it's particularly effective here. The camera closes up on the dancers and their acting is almost as remarkable as their dancing, down to the corp members. It's a fascinating drama. Of course, Irek Mukhamedov and Viviana Durante are in amazing form. And you'll see a young, brunette, Sarah Wildor. I have several friends that I showed this to who became interested in the RB as a result. Very few ballet men, IMO, can pull off the Crown Prince role, and Mukhamdov does it spendidly. Apparently, MacMillan had redone the ballet for him. It shows. It would be a great addition to your library.
Other videos that are good are some of the "Greatest Hits" from the RB that feature a young Alessandra Ferri in Romeo & Juliet as well as Nureyev/Fontaine pas de deux's. Also good are the Baryshnikov Don Q, any of the Balanchine Library videos, and the RB Bayadere (featuring a fabulous 19-year old Darcey Bussell as a Gamzatti that almost steals the show and a wonderful Asylmuratova who makes sure she doesn't).
[ 05-09-2001: Message edited by: Siren ]
Posted 09 May 2001 - 12:17 PM
Posted 09 May 2001 - 12:49 PM
Viviana Durante is impossibly beautiful in this vidio. Siren mentions the close up camera work and the acting--Durante has the most expressive eyes imaginable.
It belongs in any video ballet library.
Oddly enough, I also recommend the RB "Manon", even though I detest the ballet itself. A backhanded compliment, but viewing this tape made me realize again just how much I disliked the work it represents.
One note--be careful of the Kultur edition of the RB "Manon". The sound quality was almost unlistenable on the one I purchased.
Posted 09 May 2001 - 02:40 PM
[ 05-09-2001: Message edited by: Helena ]
Posted 09 May 2001 - 04:17 PM
BTW, this is my 100th post. Isn't that exciting!
[ 05-09-2001: Message edited by: BalletNut ]
Posted 10 May 2001 - 07:06 AM
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