Karlsson: Play (Blu-Ray) – Alexander Ekman, Paris Opera Ballet

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Karlsson: Play (Blu-Ray) – Alexander Ekman, Paris Opera Ballet

Composer: Mikael Karlsson
Artists: Stéphane Bullion, Muriel Zusperreguy, Vincent Chaillet, Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, Callie Day, Adelaïde Ferriere
Format: NTSC
Booklet Language: English, French
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BelAir Classiques
Blu-Ray Release Date: September 28, 2018
Run Time: 106 minutes

A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has been invited for the first time to work with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. His language, both visceral and tinged with humor, combining theatricality, and classical and contemporary vocabulary alike, perfectly resonates with the incredible versatility and stage presence of the Ballet: the result is Play, a piece that evokes the world of childhood and its careless pleasures. But beyond pure entertainment, this performance contemplates the meaning and the importance of play when we become adults.

Best known for the spectacular quality of his pieces and their dreamlike imagery, Ekman fills the stage of the Palais Garnier with an entrancing energy. For this new creation, Alexander Ekman worked with his acolyte composer Mikael Karlsson, but also with a talented team of instrumentalists not often seen on the stage of the Palais Garnier, among which gospel singer Callie Day, or the incredible percussionist Adelaïde Ferriere. An unexpected performance, carried along by enticing rhythms and communicative energy.



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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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