Tchaikovsky & Martinu: Anastasia (DVD) – Natalia Osipova, The Royal Ballet

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Tchaikovsky & Martinu: Anastasia (DVD) – Natalia Osipova, The Royal Ballet

Composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinu
Artists: Natalia Osipova, Marianela Núñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, Christina Arestis, Christopher Saunders, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Simon Hewett
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2017
Run Time: 113 minutes; plus 14 minutes bonus material

Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova dances the title role in Kenneth MacMillan’s haunting ballet, to atmospheric music by Tchaikovsky and Martinu. Anastasia tells the story of Anna Anderson, who, following the Russian Revolution and the murder of the royal family, claimed she was the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia. Many believed her to be an imposter; others hoped she was Anastasia, a remnant of a lost world. A powerful, psychological challenge for the lead dancer, Anastasia explores one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved, and the distorting mirror of memory, time and place.

“Natalia Osipova…technical perfectionism” (The Stage)

“I salute Osipova, the entire company performance, Crowley’s magnificent designs, and Simon Hewett’s notable account of the Tchaikovsky/Martinu scores.” (The Financial Times - 5 Stars)



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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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