The Fiddle and the Drum (DVD)

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The Fiddle and the Drum (DVD)

Joni Mitchell’s work The Fiddle And The Drum delves into the artist’s long-held concerns about the human race’s blatant neglect of the environment and mankind’s war-hungry nature. The piece is a ballet which is performed to a soundtrack of her music. Joni has called this work “the best project of her career.” Combining three art forms- music, dance, and visual art- Joni creates an enthralling spectacle. Internationally recognized choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre of the Alberta Ballet Company has joined Joni for this production. The musical selections to which Jean Grand-Maitre has set his dance include works from Joni’s entire career such as For the Roses, Passion Play, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Beat of Black Wings, and of course The Fiddle and The Drum.

Special bonus features on this release include behind the scenes, video installations form the set, image galleries, and interviews with the performers.



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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