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Leon (Ludwig) Fyodorovich Minkus (1826-1917)

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013


Marianela Nuñez (Kitri), Carlos Acosta (Basilio), Christopher Saunders (Don Quixote), Philip Mosley (Sancho Panza), Gary Avis (Lorenzo), Bennet Gartside (Gamache), Ryoichi Hirano (Espada), Laura Morera (Mercedes)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Martin Yates (conductor) & Carlos Acosta (director)

Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa

Carlos Acosta’s first venture directing one of ballet’s 19th century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Packed cinemas for the live relay, as well as sold-out houses for his performances, testified to the draw the great Cuban dancer still exerts – and the audiences were not disappointed. Still built on Petipa’s original choreography, Acosta’s clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the ‘boy gets girl despite her father’ story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote’s parallel obsession with Dulcinea-Kitri coherently woven into the plot. Acosta’s and Nuñez’s performances were peerless, Tim Hatley’s stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.

Extra features: Introduction to Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote and a cast gallery.

Running time: 125 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Recorded in January 2013 at the Bolshoi


Svetlana Zakharova (Bayadère Nikiya), Vladislav Lantratov (Solor), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti), Alexey Loparevich (Dugmanta, Rajah), Andrey Sitnikov (The High Brahmin) & Denis Medvedev (The Golden Idol)

Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Pavel Sorokin

Choreography by Marius Petipa

New choreographic version Yuri Grigorovich with scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev

Set and costume designer Nikolay Sharonov

Set and costume adviser Valery Levental

Lighting design Mikhail Sokolov

Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary and mysterious India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Yuri Grigorovich’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with breathtaking sets and costumes designed by Nikolay Sharonov, stars Svetlana Zakharova as the Bayadère Nikiya, Vladislav Lantratov as Solor and Maria Alexandrova as Gamzatti the jealous rival.

“Boasts a celebrated Kingdom of Shades sequence” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013

“Kitsch even by classical ballet standards, this Bolshoi production of the Marius Petipa-choreographed oriental fantasy wit bland music by Minkus boasts a celebrated Kingdom of Shades sequence.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“Perhaps the best Gamzatti captured on film since the Kirov’s Tantina Terekhova in 1977” Dancing Times, September 2013

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Rudolf Nureyev (Basilio), Lucette Aldous (Kitri), Robert Helpmann (Don Quixote), Ray Powell (Sancho Panza) & Francis Croese (Lorenzo)

The State Orchestra of Victoria & The Australian Ballet, John Lanchbery (conductor) & Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann (directors)

Choreographer RUDOLF NUREYEV

So elaborate was Rudolf Nureyev's vision of the Cervantes classic that his lavish film ballet ultimately required the facilities of a gigantic Australian aircraft hangar to produce. Choreographed and co-directed by Nureyev, the film received its Sydney premiere in 1973, and a London Royal Gala presentation in 1974, and went on to travel briefly to New York. Despite rave reviews, prints gradually fell out of circulation and grew scarce. For 25 years, incomplete copies have been scattered across two continents, with the film developing a reputation as a fabled lost treasure. After a painstaking five-year process, Nureyev's DON QUIXOTE has at long last been reassembled, digitally remastered, and restored to its original glory. Starring Nureyev as Basilio, the production also features Nureyev's co-director Sir Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote and Lucette Aldous as Kitri.

Also features: “A Little Bit of Don Quixote”

Superb documentary footage detailing the restoration process of the original 35mm film from 1972.

Duration: Approx 127 mins

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NTSC 4:3 Full Screen

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Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

“Nureyev's dancing is magnificent, and he and Aldous are never short of charisma. But his fussy choreography isn't well served by the busy setting.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ***

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, 2006


Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Roberto Bolle (Solor), Isabelle Brusson (Gamzatti), Bryan Hewison (The High Brahmin) & Mick Zeni (Magdaveya)

Corpo di Ballo and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, David Coleman

Choreography by NATALIA MAKAROVA after MARIUS PETIPA

Directed for Stage by OLGA EVREINOFF

Set by PIERLUIGI SAMARITANI

In their series of classical ballet productions from La Scala Arthaus releases a DVD recording of La Bayadére in the choreography by Natalia Makarova. Her version, based on the original 1877 creation by the great master of Russian classical ballet, Marius Petipa has become the standard since the famous Kirov Company made it popular worldwide.

It was filmed at the May 2006 revival of Makarova’s 1992 production for La Scala, Milan, and features two of international ballet’s star dancers – Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle. The Bayadère Nikiya is created by Svetlana Zakharova, a Ukrainian dancer, who grew up in the tradition of St Petersburg’s Maryinsky Ballet and is now one of the youngest ballerinas at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and Roberto Bolle, the primo ballerino étoile in the Corpo di ballo del Teatro alla Scala, dances Solor, a brave, young nobleman.

The filming for this DVD recreates the atmosphere of a night at the wonderful La Scala opera house, while providing the viewer with a closer look at the dancers, their interpretation and their artistic endeavours.

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote

Live Recording from The Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2010


Peter De Jong (Maxi) as Don Quichot & Karel De Rooij (Mini) as Sancho Panza, Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Golding

Dutch National Ballet & Holland Symfonia, Kevin Rhodes

Choreography by MARIUS PETIPA & ALEXANDER GORSKI

Production and Additional Choreography by ALEXEI RATMANSKY

Décor & Costume Design by JÉRÔME KAPLAN

Don Quichot – an audience favourite of prestigious companies worldwide – is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The fl amboyant leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointe work that are standard features of the production give the performers every opportunity to show off their technical prowess.

But at the same time, the comic story based on Cervantes’ masterpiece makes strong demands on the dancers’ acting abilities. The leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto of the first version of Don Quichot by Marius Petipa, created in 1869. The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and Artist in Residence of the American Ballet Theatre now has also added his own new elements and choreography to the ballet.

The modern designs for the ballet, by the renowned French designer Jérôme Kaplan, refer to the times of Cervantes.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the Scenes. Filmed by a dancer using a bodycam on stage during a rehearsal of Act One of the ballet. Interviews with the actors and principal dancers.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: GB

Running Time: 122 mins + 30 mins (bonus)

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Recorded live from the Royal Opera House, January 2009


Carlos Acosta (Solar), Marianela Nuñez (Gamzatti), Tamara Rojo (Nikiya), Gary Avis (The High Brahmin), Christopher Saunders (Rajah), Kenta Kura (Magdaveya) & Valeri Hristov (Solor’s Friend)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov

Choreographer: Natalia Makarova

Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Natalia Makarova’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘There wasn’t a single physical gesture that didn’t mean something, that didn’t speak of love trying and failing to blossom.’ The Daily Telegraph

Extra features:

Tamara Rojo on dancing La Bayadère

Leanne Cope and Francesca Filpi on the corps de ballet

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta rehearse with Alexander Agadzhanov

Natalia Makarova on choreographing La Bayadère

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Vladimir Ponomarev (Don Quixote), Anton Lukovkin (Sancho Panza), Igor Petropv (Lorenzo), Olesya Novikova (Kitri), Leonid Sarafanov (Basilio), Vladimir Lepeyev (Gamash) & Andrei Merkuriev (Espada)

Corps of the Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Pavel Bubelnikov

Choreography: Marius Petipa

TV Director: Brian Large

Decca’s association with arguably the world’s greatest ballet company continues with their colourful production of the Petipa classic.

A breath-taking ensemble performance of Petipa’s popular Don Quichotte, loosely based on Cervantes famous novel, from the world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet.

The Mariinsky’s top principal male, Leonid Sarafanov (the Prince in Decca’s Mariinsky Nutcracker, released in 2007) gives another virtuosic yet elegant performance as Basilio in this lively and colourful production.

Filmed in High-Definition widescreen, this film was recorded during the company’s successful visit to Vienna in 2006 and is part of Decca’s continuing association with this awesome ballet company, joining Swan Lake and the Nutcracker which were released in 2007.

Menus: English. Booklet Notes: English, French, and German

“In Mariinsky's revived 1900 production several Golovin backdrops charm, but Minkus's plain score and the unCervantean narrative drag until the final Pas de deux by Novikova and Sarafanov.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ***

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Viengsay Valdès (Kitri), Romel Frometa (Basilio), Dayron Vera (Don Quixote) & Javier Sanchez (Sancho Panza)

Ballet Nacional de Cuba & Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Theatre of Havana, Giovanni Duarte

If there is one country in the world where classical ballet is still an art form for the people and by the people, it is Cuba A veritable artistic miracle, the Cuban National Ballet was born of the unshakeable will of a heroic woman.Alicia Alonso, founded this improbable ballet company in 1948, with the support of Fidel Castro, and 60 years later, the octogenarian former prima ballerina, whose sight started to fail aged 20, is still the director.

A star of the American Ballet Theatre, New York, in the ‘40s, first Westerner to dance at the Kirov and Bolshoi, she has produced such stars as Covent Garden's Carlos Acosta and created a culture where the ambition to star in such a very European choreographic tradition is akin to that of being a footballer in Brazil. Alicia Alonso is a tenacious warrior who has shared her passion with all the Cuban people, taking it to schools all over the country.

Bonus c30mins: Interviews and rehearsals with Alicia Alonso, filmed in the glass-roofed Grand Palais, Paris. Highlights from Giselle and Don Quixote, Alicia dancing & modern productions

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Nina Ananiashvili (Kitri/Dulcinea), Aleksandr Astafiev (Don Quixote), Evgeny Katusov (Sancho Panza), Vladimir Golub (Gamache)

Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Sotnikov

Don Quixote retains its foothold in the standard repertoire through its colorful dances, a whimsical story and its brilliantly virtuosic last act pas de deux. Virtuosity is very much on display in this 1992 performance by the Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet during the company’s Japanese tour. Nina Ananiashvili’s Kitri displays her astonishing technical gifts, her natural charm and a flair for comedy. Her long-time partner, Alexei Fadeyechev as Basil, is her perfect foil in all these respects. This video is the only record of Ananiashvili in one of her signature roles.

Color, stereo, 120 mins, all regions.

Live performance from the NHK Hall, Tokyo on 20th September, 1992

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Alexander Pushkarev, Dmitry Tereshenko

Moscow Classical Ballet Orchestra

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