Artists: Makhar Vaziev, Orchestra and Corps de Ballet of Teatro alla Scala
Directors: Lorena Sardi
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run Time: 154 minutes
This production of Raymonda is part of Arthaus Musik’s Elegance Series, which is a collection of ballet performances from the world’s best dance houses featuring the greatest choreographers and celebrating the legacy of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa. The original choreography for this ballet was constructed by Petipa in 1898. This revival and staging has been done by Sergej Vikharev, and transports the viewer back in time to the original performances. Recorded live in 2011 at La Scala, this production is the most faithful to the original that has since been performed. The story is based on a medieval legend, complete with knights and ladies, cathedrals and castles. This work is largely regarded as the last great work from the glory days of the Imperial 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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