Mata Hari (Blu-ray)
Mata Hari (Blu-ray)
Label: EUO/EuroArts Music International
Release Date: 09/30/16
A brand new production of the Dutch National Ballet, brought to the stage in a choreography by artistic director Ted Brandsen Mata Hari’s life was not just turbulent but also surrounded by mystery. Was she really guilty of espionage or was she used as a scapegoat?
In 2017, the French government will break the seal on the archives in her treason case, 100 years after her death, and new facts about her mysterious life will be revealed.
With attractive bonus features: “Making of” in 6 episodes, hosted by Sylvana Simons Filmed live at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, in February 2016, directed by Jeff Tudor Dutch National Ballet · Anna Tsygankova · Music by Tarik O’Regan “Mata Hari is an enterprise of epic proportions: a commissioned score from UK composer Tarik O’Regan, hundreds of stylish costumes by Francois-Noël Cherpin and a set designed by Clement and Sanôu…The scope is breathtaking.” (Dancing-Times) Ballerina Anna Tysgankova is a skilled and emotional ballerina who brings the character of Mata Hari to life…”Her magnetic presence, strong body language and mysterious aura perfectly suit that of Mata Hari….she gives a dramatic interpretation of the role..” (Bachtrack)
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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