Three MacMillan Ballets: Elite Syncopations / The Judas Tree / Concerto (DVD) – The Royal Ballet

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Three MacMillan Ballets: Elite Syncopations / The Judas Tree / Concerto (DVD) – The Royal Ballet

Composers: Scott Joplin, Brian Elias, Dmitry Shostakovich, others
Artists: Mara Galeazzi, Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, Carlos Acosta, Valeri Hristov, Leanne Benjamin, Edward Watson, Bennet Gartside, Yuhui Choe, Marianela Nuñez, Rupert Pennefather, Helen Crawford, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Conductors: Robert Clark, Barry Wordsworth, Dominic Grier
Directors: Julie Lincoln, Karl Burnett, Christopher Carr
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
Run Time: 114 minutes

Kenneth MacMillan’s vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet’s style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this rare chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous - this program gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan’s work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself.

Concerto, set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the program with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to the dance, and a ragtime band to the stage.

“There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind.” (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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