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New York City Ballet in Paris (DVD)

Item# 3760115301399


New York City Ballet in Paris (DVD)

Artists: Orchestre Prométhée, New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, Daniel Capps
Directors: Vincent Bataillon
Format: Classical, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Dubbed: None
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2017
Run Time: 106 minutes

The New York City Ballet, with its collection of extraordinary dancers and its unique repertoire, is one of hte most prestigious dance companies in teh world. This exceptional production, performed in Paris after eight years of absence, revoles around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. the four ballets performed, choreographed from 1925 to 1980, perfectly encapsulate Balanchine`s genius and his very own neo-classical style. They also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust (Gounod) at the Paris Opera in 1975. It premiered as an independant piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine, set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C (Gizet), better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. A spectacular tribute to Balanchine, beautifully served by the breath-taking technique of these American dancers, who rank today among the best in the world.

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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