Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (DVD) – Rudolf Nureyev

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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (DVD) – Rudolf Nureyev

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Aurélie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Vincent Cordier, Nathalie Quernet, Laurent Queval, Béatrice Martel, Nathalie Aubin, Delphine Moussin, Benjamin Pech, Stéphane Elizabé, Laetitia Pujol, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris
Conductor: David Coleman
Director/Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev, Patricia Ruanne
Format: NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Kultur Video
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
Run Time: 149 minutes

The Sleeping Beauty remains, as Rudolf Nureyev often called it, the “ballet of ballets.” It is the most accomplished and the most brilliant, as well as one of the most spectacular of the 19th century, and the most representative of the “noble” style of classical dancing.

Rudolf Nureyev’s version, which he created for Paris Opera Ballet in 1989, was recorded at the Opéra Bastille in 1999, in a new production (sets and costumes) created by his faithful collaborators, Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino, who had already produced Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadère.

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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