videos for dancers
Posted 09 December 2002 - 08:48 AM
Posted 09 December 2002 - 09:04 AM
You might dig around in the Books, Magazines and Critics thread -- there are several old threads about favorite books, basic books, etc., and I think you'll find some ideas there. (If everything doesn't show, and posts seem to stop a month back, you can pull up older threads by goiing to the little slidey window to the top right of the board and moving it to Show All Posts)
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Posted 09 December 2002 - 09:38 AM
Posted 09 December 2002 - 09:43 AM
Early Dance Part 1: From the Greeks to the Renaisssance
EarlyDance Part 2: The Baroque Era.
these are decent overviews of the dance history before ballet as we now know it came into its own.
otherwise there isn't much reliable on the video market as dance/ballet history.
individual ballets are, of course, on video and in some cases on DVD. if you were to ask about specific titles that you feel would be of interest you'd likely find a number of opinions and tips about what's proven popular and useful to readers of this site.
alas, as noted here, fonteyn's 'magic of the dance' series isn't available commercially.
the book that accompanied the series is probably out of print but also probably still gettable on bibliofind, etc.
still, the most useful visual explication on tape is not so easy to get hold of, unless you know a balletminded friend who might have taped the series when it was run or re-run on PBS.
Posted 09 December 2002 - 09:44 AM
Robert Greskovic's "Ballet 101" is a guide about ballet in general, with historical information AND a videography -- information about all the different ballet videos available, so that might be something of interest. We recommend it for anyone new to ballet, or wanting to learn more.
Posted 09 December 2002 - 11:30 AM
Posted 09 December 2002 - 11:34 AM
Posted 09 December 2002 - 06:01 PM
The list in Ballet 101 is quite extensive. I've now started reading it.
Posted 08 January 2003 - 02:46 PM
Also, the Royal Ballet Gift Shop, in Covent Garden, has an excellent collection of books on the history of dance, the history of ballet, and the history of specific dancers and choreographers ... it's the best collection I've seen in my travels. I don't believe it's available for online ordering and there is no discount for Friends of the Royal Ballet. Their DVD and video collection is awesome ... BUT BEWARE ... most of the DVDs are encoded for Region 2 (Europe), so they'll only play on a player that can handle Region 2; and most of the videos are VHS/PAL rather than VHS/NTSC, so they may not play properly on US based equipment ...
Hope this helps,
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