Artists: Paris Orchestre de l`Opéra national de Paris, Susanna Mälkki, Corps de Ballet de l`Opéra national de Pari
Directors: Denis Caiozzi
Format: Widescreen, NTSC
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run Time: 100 minutes
This production 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. This music is the first large scale stage work which composer Bruno Mantovani has written. Coupled with choreography by master choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, this release features the world premiere recording, live from the Opera Bastille, Paris, 2010. The story is of “one who will become enlightened,” or “Buddha,” and Preljocaj gives the theme a personal, free reading in which he investigates the themes of test, sacrifice, and transcendence in the quest for the absolute.
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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