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Three Ballets by Jiri Kylian (Blu-ray)

Item# 4058407092711


Three Ballets by Jiri Kylian (Blu-ray)

Performers: II  III, Nederlands Dans Theater I
Directors: Hans Hulscher
Format: Widescreen
Language: German, English, French, Italian
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2016
Run Time: 128 minutes

This production of Three Ballets by Jiri Kylian is part of Arthaus Musik’s Elegance Series, which is a collection of ballet performances from the world’s best dance houses featuring the greatest choreographers and celebrating the legacy of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa. The first featured ballet, Bella Figura, was described by Jiri Kylian as “A journey in time- light and space, addressing the ambiguity of aesthetics- performances and dreams. Finding beauty in a grimace- in a knot of the mind- or in a physical contortion. It is like trying to perform a balancing act on the string of our umbilical cord. Both Sleepless and Birth-Day are based on music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Kylian relied heavily on Mozart’s music, as he believed Mozart was “the greatest example of someone whose time between day ‘A’ and day ‘Z’ was painfully limited, but who nevertheless has understood life in all its richness…”

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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