Fonteyn and Nureyev: The Perfect Partnership (Documentary DVD)

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Fonteyn and Nureyev: The Perfect Partnership (Documentary DVD)

Artists: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Kultur Video
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
Run Time: 90 minutes

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev... This collector's item is an intriguing visual biography of perhaps the greatest ballet partnership of all time. For the first time, their most acclaimed performances, which have thrilled audiences worldwide, have been captured on DVD. The program traces their partnership from its glorious inception in 1962 (in Giselle) to its grand finale in Le Spectre de la Rose some 17 years later. It includes rare, behind-the-scenes footage of both dancers.

Robert Powell narrates and ballet personalities such as Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet, provide their thoughts and memories on the lives of Fonteyn, Nureyev and their association. The synergy of their partnership was electrifying, and their impact on the world of ballet remains unmatched.



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History

Ballet

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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