Bringing Back Balanchine – New York City Ballet (DVD)
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Bringing Back Balanchine – New York City Ballet (DVD) – The Historic Visit
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Director: Richard Blanshard
Subtitles: English, French, German
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Run Time: 91 minutes
Bringing Balanchine Back tells the story of New York City Ballet's historic visit to perform at the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, where George Balanchine began his career. Performance footage is included of several of Balanchine's most acclaimed works, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins.
Narrated by Kevin Kline, Bringing Balanchine Back features interviews with NYCB's dancers and artistic staff, Russian audiences and performers, and the sights and sounds of St. Petersburg.
Bonus Feature: Tour Of The Mariinsky Theater - A Film By Richard Blanshard
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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