Massenet: Manon (Blu-Ray) – Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, The Royal Ballet

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Massenet: Manon (Blu-Ray) – Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, The Royal Ballet

Composer: Jules Massenet
Artists: Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Ryoichi Hirano, Gary Avis, Itziar Mendizabal, Kristen McNally, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Martin Yates
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2019
Run Time: 120 minutes; plus 13 minutes bonus material

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov star as tragic lovers Manon and Des Grieux in this performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory. Nicholas Gerogiadis’s period designs set the ballet in the contrasting worlds of Paris luxury and Louisiana swampland, while the intense emotion of MacMillan’s choreography is complemented by a score drawn from Massenet’s music. The impassioned pas de deux from Manon and Des Grieux drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

“Kenneth MacMillan’s retelling of Abbe Prevost’s cautionary tale…has been a mainstay of the Royal Ballet repertoire since 1974. The current revival is vividly played and danced by some first-rate casts.” (The Financial Times)



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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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