Nijinsky: A Ballet by John Neumeier (Blu-Ray) – Hamburg Ballet

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Nijinsky: A Ballet by John Neumeier (Blu-Ray) – Hamburg Ballet

Composers: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich
Artists: Alexandre Riabko, Carolina Agüero, Hamburg Ballet,
Choreographer: John Neumeier
Format: NTSC
Language (Bonus Materials): German
Subtitles (Bonus Materials): German, English, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major Entertainment
Blu-Ray Release Date: April 20, 2018
Run Time: 135 minutes; plus 18 minutes bonus material

Nijinsky is the title of this choreographic approach to a dance phenomenon that has been part of Neumeier’s life ever since the beginning of his career. During his approximately ten years as a professional dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) set a new standard both technically and expressively, while in his choreographic work he pointed the way towards modern dance. All three aspects - Nijinsky the dancer, the choreographer and the person - form the starting point for John Neumeier’s latest creation.

Neumeier, who as early as 1979 presented a short ballet, Vaslav, is regarded as one of the leading Nijinsky experts worldwide. Nevertheless, it was not without reluctance that he took up the task of honoring through dance a dance legend: In creating a work about a historical person, what aspect should we concentrate on? Who was he truly: The man? The artist? Which witness, what information can we trust, which theories should one follow? What point of view can we take towards the complex puzzle of Nijinsky? An instinctive choice must be made...

Also included is a bonus interview with John Neumeier about Nijinksy.



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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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