Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (The Royal Ballet)
It's unheard of for me to recommend a recording of a ballet performance but, as unlikely as it seems, there is very good reason to commend this one to you.
When the curtains go up, you are right there, in among the dancing, just hovering slightly above the centre stage. The scenery looks delicious on-screen, all blood red, black and gold with just the right amount of sparkle to catch your eye, contrasting diamond bright in the White Acts.
The excellent camerawork ensures that you don’t miss an entrance or any of the action - the detail of movement, of interaction between characters, the close-up shots, the action all around the stage. If you habitually sit in the Gods then this is the tape for you !
Who would want to miss the perfect partnering of Laura Morera and Ricardo Cervera's effervescent Neapolitan dance, and the precision and timing of Stephen McRae's thrilling leaps with Laura Morera and Yuhui Choe in the Pas de Trois ?
Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares dazzle & dance the Principal roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried respectively. Nunez' flashing eyes watch Soares closely and her smile, when it comes, lights up the National Grid.
And that's not all - how about the Polonaise and the Waltz, or Bennet Gartside and Kristen McNally's Czárdás ? Helen Crawford and Francesca Filpi are regal as the Two Swans, and Bethany Keating, Iohna Loots, Emma Maguire and Romany Pajdak are beguiling Cygnets.
Even if you don't see them dance regularly, many of the cast will be familiar to you here from my recent interviews and I hope you can now enjoy watching them dance.
There are extras with the DVD :
Interview with Anthony Dowell.
Four Swan Queens - Exclusive 30-minute conversation on the demands of dancing the role of the Swan Queen with former Prima Ballerinas Dame Beryl Grey, Dame Monica Mason, Lesley Collier and current principal Marianela Nuñez.
And the technical details :
CAT NO: OA1015D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 179 Mins
SOUND: HALF DTS 2.0 / 5.1
SUBTITLES: FR/DE/ES/IT (extra features only)
NO OF DISCS: 1
The DVD is available from other retailers; however Opus Arte are the label and my copy came from them.