The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet (DVD)
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The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet (2-DVD)
Artists: Kevin McKenzie, Georgina Parkinson, Merrill Ashley, Denise Jackson
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Kultur Video
DVD Release Date: August 15, 1991
Run Time: 270 minutes
The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements demonstrated by some of the greatest names in American ballet. Teachers and students alike find the Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet.
This set includes over 800 variations in Russian, French, and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This engaging program demonstrates the complete language of ballet:
- Positions and Directions
- Linking Steps
- Center Practice
- PointeMusical Enchainements
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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