Pas de Deux (DVD)
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Pas de Deux (DVD)
Artists: The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Directors: Margaret Williams, Ross MacGibbon, Jonathan Haswell
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2018
Run Time: 133 minutes
This unique collection celebrates the pas de deux: the steps for two or partner dances so central to ballets both modern and classical. It brings together 16 exceptional pas de deux from The Royal Ballets unequalled repertory, in outstanding performances by Company dancers past and present.
Representing The Royal Ballets heritage works and recent creations, as well as 19th-century classics, Pas de Deux demonstrates the choreographic diversity, technical brilliance, show-stopping spectacle and artistry for which The Royal Ballet is acclaimed around the world. Included in this collection are Frederick Ashtons Voices of Spring and pas de deux from his La Fille mal gardee; from Kenneth MacMillans Romeo and Juliet, Concerto, Elite Syncopations, Manon and Mayerling; from Wayne McGregors Limen; from Christopher Wheeldons Alices Adventures in Wonderland and The Winters Tale; and from the 19th-century classics Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
All captured in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.
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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