Ballet Spectacular (DVD) - Royal Ballet

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Ballet Spectacular (DVD) - Royal Ballet
Adolphe Adam
Léo Delibes
Ferdinand Hérold
Release Date: January 27 2015
Boris Gruzin
Nicolae Moldaveanu
Anthony Twiner
Leanne Benjamin
William Tuckett
Johann Kobborg
Alina Cojocaru
Carlos Acosta
Marianela Núñez
Martin Harvey
Luke Heydon
Leana Palmer
Jonathan Howells
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Ensemble: Ballet Royal, Covent Garden 
Label: Opus Arte
Language: English
Region: All
Run time: 344 mins.
Number of discs: 3

Ballet Spectacular, based on the best-selling book by the same name, features three of the world’s most popular productions ever performed by The Royal Ballet.

All are classic tales– Giselle, the drama of transcendental power of love over death; Coppélia, the charming comedy of Dr. Coppélius and his lifelike mechanical doll and
La Fille Mal Gardée, a village love story set in an idyllic landscape.

Coppélia, is a treasured production by the late world famous, Royal Ballet founder, Dame Ninette de Valois, an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of classical ballet.

She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet and as the “godmother” of English ballet, specifically.  Dame Ninette de Valois passed away at 103 years old in 2001.

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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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