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    fan, former ballet student
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  1. Ballet, like any other art, is designed to provoke strong emotions in the viewer. And this is achieved mainly by the dramatic intelligence of the performers. Like acting, ballet needs to express something vital about our condition and the world we live in. Now, ballet differs a lot from acting in the sense that the language used is completely different. There are no words, only movement. But movement can be a potent communicator of a story or feeling. Critics and audience alike expect to be moved by a performance. But I think it's valid to ask: what constitutes dramatic intelligence in an ar
  2. Hello, everybody. This will be my first review of a live performance. As you all know live ballet performances in Central America are exceedingly rare so I jumped at the chance to watch a performance of the Moiseyev Ballet of Lavrovsky's Romeo and Juliet. So first of all let me say I found the whole performance sub-par. The production seemed to be like it was for a high school performance of Shakespeare's famous love story. As for the choreography, I did recognize passages of Lavrovsky's choreography, which I saw in the wonderful video with Galina Ulanova. But there were some passages that
  3. For all of the arts (theater, literature, painting, movies, dance) there's academic criticism. These critics are supposed to tell people who the true artists are and which works can be considered true art. Many people go by a critic's opinion and never experience the work that's supposed to be bad and actually have an informed opinion. The opposite is true. Many critics hail something as being the finest thing in the entire world, unmatched, etc. and create a huge hype. People go see it, lured by the critic's comments, and if it doesn't meet their expectations they are disappointed. The mora
  4. Ugh! I didn't like Rojo's Rose Adagio. I agree with the poster that says she looks nervous and scared. Actually, more than that she projects tiredness and not the majesty and joy of a princess celebrating her birthday and being wooed by four handsome men. She dances very matter of factly and like she wants to get over with it. Such a long balance is actually distasteful in something like this. My gold standard for Rose Adagios will always be Fonteyn, Kolpakova, Sizova and in modern times Durante and Cojocaru. Maybe I'm being too critical but when I watch a Rose Adagio I want to be wowed by the
  5. Oh, this is wonderful!!! If I could travel back in time to see one dancer it would be her. I think what the video says is true. Even in such a short film, Pavlova's legendary grace and delicacy are more than evident. I take every opportunity to watch any snippets of Pavlova because she's one of the dancers that intrigues me the most.
  6. Oh, bart! Thank you so much for posting that wonderful video! Completely amazing! But the one I'm referring to is a DVD released by VAI. It's a recording of a complete Swan Lake in 1976.
  7. So I was wondering what people think of this recording. Maya Plisetskaya is one of my favorite dancers so I want to take every opportunity to watch her. I have the DVD of the earlier recording of 1957, and I thought Maya was great.She was a larger than life but regal Odette and a mesmerizing Odile. But in the 1976 recording Maya is 51 years old. I know that artistry doesn't depend on age, and there are dancers who can dance ravishingly at a mature age. But dancers past their prime can falter in the technical area, which can interfere a bit with the artistic qualities. So I was just wondering i
  8. What drives me to see a ballet performance is two things that come together: 1) I love the art form and 2) In the country I live, a live ballet performance is extremely rare. I had the opportunity to see Yulia Makhalina when she came here but I was 8 years old, however I was mesmerized. The country has not a single national or regional ballet company and touring companies come like every five years or so. The most reliable source that I have to watch ballet is DVD and the Internet, more specifically YouTube. Such a situation is actually sad for a ballet lover like me because live performance
  9. So, I've been browsing the Internet and I've decided that I'm gonna indulge in some ballet DVDs. I have four candidates so far so I wanted to see what are people's opinions about them. I'm considering buying either Raymonda with Semenyaka and Mukhamedov, Don Quixote with Terekhova, Coppélia with the Royal Ballet or La Bayadére with Komleva. I have the Raymonda video with Kolpakova and she was great but I also fell in love with the whole ballet and that's why I want another Raymonda, but I was wondering if the Bessmertnova one was better. As for Don Quixote I would like to know what people th
  10. I've read articles about Olga Spessivtseva and seen some clips on youtube and I'm fascinated by her. Her dancing has a quality that just draws you into the story and character she's portraying. So, I'm curious if a complete performance of hers was ever filmed (especially Giselle and her famous solo). I know there are clips of her performing this and the mad scene, but I'm really interested to know if there's a complete performance among video records that could perharps someday be realeased comercially (like Danilova's Gaitée Parisienne was thankfully.) If anyone could shed some light as to po
  11. I've been searching for ballet DVD's on Amazon and I noticed that Bel Air Classiques has discontinued most of its DVDs. They were supposed to release a boxed set with three performances of the Bolshoi Ballet but it was discontinued even before it was released. Same thing happened with Image Entertainment. They discontinued Ferri's Giselle, ABT's Le Corsaire and Kirov's Sleeping Beauty. The only one that's still in print is Murphy and Corella's Swan Lake. Can anyone tell me what is happening with these studios? Because it would be a shame if they stopped releasing DVD's for good.
  12. I did use the banner a few times, Jack. And thank you both for your replies. Also, I'm going to try playing that DVD on my computer. Thank you so much for the tip!
  13. I thought I'd start a thread just for fun and for helping purposes about ballet videos. Just post which ballet DVD's you have and if possible where you got them. This can also help other members find a DVD they've been trying to find (obeying of course the rule of no trading in here). You can also post if you have any homemade videos or recordings of performances broadcast on TV, etc. Here's mine: La Bayadére, Royal Ballet, Mukhamedov Asylmuratova and Bussell TDK (Amazon) The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Ballet, Cojocaru Bonelli Nuñez Opus Arte (Amazon) Cinderella, Royal Ballet, Fonteyn So
  14. Ballet fan

    Tamara Rojo

    So, I was wondering what are people's opinions on this ballerina. A lot of critics have praised her for her dramatic skills. I've seen clips of her Romeo and Juliet and there are parts where she's really intense in her acting but there are other times when she feels rather dull. Plus, she's a dancer that likes to show her technique (quadruple fouettes, long balances, etc.) She indeed does have an outstanding technique and deserves the title of virtuosa, but I'm really interested about what people think of things of more artistic merit such as acting skills, drawing the public into the story, p
  15. I can't believe it but ABT II is coming here to Costa Rica to perform The Nutcracker along with a national company at the National Theater. I'm really excited, and I already ordered my ticket. The performance is on December 3rd. I'll post again with a review of the performance.
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