Kenneth MacMillan: Three Ballet Masterpieces (3-DVD BOX SET) – The Royal Ballet

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Kenneth MacMillan: Three Ballet Masterpieces (3-DVD BOX SET) – The Royal Ballet

Composers: Jules Massenet, Franz Liszt, Sergei Prokofiev
Artists: Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, Mara Galeazzi, Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductors: Martin Yates, Barry Wordsworth
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles (Mayerling, Romeo & Juliet): French, German, Spanish
Additional Subtitles (Romeo & Juliet): Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
Number of Discs: 3
Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2017
Running Time (Manon): 117 minutes; plus 45 minutes extra features
Running Time (Mayerling): 136 minutes; plus 23 minutes extra features
Running Time (Romeo & Juliet): 158 minutes; plus 15 minutes extra features

This collection brings together three extraordinary ballets by Kenneth MacMillan, one of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, whose work forms a pillar of The Royal Ballet’s repertory. MacMillan pushed the boundaries of dance, and these three signature works exemplify his searching genius: the emotional intensity and rich physicality of his choreography, through vivid crowd scenes and passionate pas de deux; the daring and the darkness of his complex and fascinating characters; and the mesmerizing, sensuous music to which his steps were always created.

“Lovers of classical ballet should, without question, go and see the Royal Ballet’s magnificent production of Manon. Ballet sceptics, meanwhile, should see it at least twice.” (The Telegraph)

“Such is the breathtaking impact of this production, with consistent excellence to savor from both principals and the corps, magnificent costumes and stage scenery…that criticism is effectively silenced. If you have been waiting for a truly outstanding Romeo and Juliet to appear on [DVD], then look no further.” (International Record Review)

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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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