The Winter’s Tale (Blu-ray)

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The Winter’s Tale (Blu-ray)
Composer: Joby Talbot
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Conductor: David Briskin   
Sarah Lamb
Steven McRae
Edward Watson
Lauren Cuthbertson
Joe Parker
Federico Bonelli
Zenaida Yanowsky
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Company: The Royal Ballet
Label: Opus Arte
Language: Englsh
Region: B/2
Run time: 134 mins.
Number of discs: 1

Following his delightful and popular full-length ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer, Bob Crowley and composer, Joby Talbot, to create his first ballet based on a romance play by Shakespeare entitled, The Winter's Tale, published in 1623.

The playwright’s plot is deliberately far-fetched and the stories feature both the astounding and the incredible. These conventions include mistaken identities, ideal poetic justice and supernatural events – such as a statue miraculously coming to life after a living death.

Christopher Wheeldon rises to the challenge of translating Shakespeare into dance, creating one of most fully achieved story ballets to be staged at Covent Garden in years. He has turned these challenges into inspiration, using this play to develop the most expressive and inventive dance language we've yet seen from him.

– The Guardian



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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