Three Ballets by Frederick Ashton (DVD) – The Royal Ballet

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Three Ballets by Frederick Ashton (DVD) – The Royal Ballet

Composers: Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck, Franz Liszt
Artists: Akane Takada, Steven McRae, Marianela Núñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Zenaida Yanowsky, Roberto Bolle, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductors: Emmanuel Plasson
Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2018
Run Time: 121 minutes; plus 17 minutes bonus material

This exciting release presents three contrasting ballets by The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton: The Dream (1964) is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Mendelssohn. Symphonic Variations (1946) is an early Ashton masterpiece, and a breathtaking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement. Marguerite and Armand (1963), here danced by former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky and Guest Artist Roberto Bolle, is a tragic love story of great lyric beauty. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Emmanuel Plasson.

“First-rate dancing in an Ashton triple bill that offers comedy, serenity and demi-monde ardour. In one of her final performances as principal, Zenaida Yanowsky gives a tremendously intense and intelligent performance as the tragic courtesan.” (The Stage)

“A passionate tribute to an all-time genius… a perfectly chosen trio of works by [The Royal Ballet’s] founder choreographer Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), works that remind us just how brightly and variously his genius blazed.” (The Daily Telegraph)



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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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