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VAI announced the following September releases:

New DVDs

Giselle (Adam)

VAI DVD 4391, $34.95

On October 31, 1980, a unique event in the world of dance took place at the Grand Theatre of Havana. Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta of the 20th century, and Vladimir Vasiliev, the most distinguished Russian male dancer of his era, performed together for the first time. This video documents that unforgettable Giselle, presenting the two great stars accompanied by a first-rate supporting cast and the famous corps de ballet of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. (Please note: part of the original video master for this performance was lost; the version presented here was compiled from sources of varying quality. Though the final results are less than ideal, the video technicians did succeed in preserving a memorable performance that would otherwise be lost to posterity.)

DVD Bonus: “Encounter” – Alonso and Vasiliev in rehearsal for Giselle introduced by Anton Dolin (15 minutes). 110 minutes (plus bonus = 15 minutes), Color, Stereo/Mono, All regions.

Gayne (Khachaturian)

VAI DVD 4428, $34.95

The first video release of Khachaturian’s famous ballet, which brought the world the popular “Sabre Dance.” Composed in 1942, this 1980 production stars Larisa Tuisova and Alexander Rumyantsev and the corps de ballet and orchestra of the Latvian Opera and Ballet Company. The choreography, by Boris Eifman, scuttles the original scenario and instead focuses on the shifting relationships among Gayne, Armen and Giko. As in so much of his work, Eifman has created a series of exciting dances flavored with nationalistic flair. Bonus segments include such rarities as a 1964 performance of the final act of GAYNE as performed at a Bolshoi Theatre Gala Tribute to Khachaturian, with the composer himself conducting. Color (bonus segments in black & white), 81 minutes (plus bonus = 47 minutes), Mono, All regions.


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