Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris (3-DVD)

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Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris (3-DVD)

Composers: Christoph Willibald Gluck, Steve Reich, Maurice Ravel, Nico Muhly, Frédéric Chopin
Artists: Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Balthasar-Neuman Ensemble & Chor, Ensemble Ictus, Synergy Vocals
Choreographers: Pina Bausch, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jerome Robbins
Conductors: Thomas Hengelbrock, Georges-Elie Octors, Koen Kessels
Directors: Vincent Bataillon, Louise Narboni
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: None
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of Discs: 3
Studio: Bel Air Classiques
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2017
Run Time: 291 minutes

The Paris Opera Ballet, though historically and famously a classical ensemble, proved over the years to be perfectly at ease with the demands and the subtleties of the contemporary repertoire. A tribute to its dazzling technique and unique style, this collector box-set features three milestones in the recent history of the French company: Pina Bausch’s Orpheus und Eurydike; a tribute to Jerome Robbins, ten years after his passing; and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rain. All these programs were filmed at the Palais Garnier, a world-renowned temple of classical ballet.


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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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