A Documentary Dedicated To The Great Ballet Productions By Rudolf Nureyev Performed At The Opéra National De Paris
Les Etoiles & les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Alexander Anissimov
Recording Date: 1999
Place of recording: Opéra National de Paris
Running Time: 83 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages NTSC: GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, GB, I, SP
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Directed by FRANÇOIS ROUSSILLON
Choreography and Stage Direction by RUDOLF NUREYEV after Marius Petipa
Set & Costume Design by NICHOLAS GEORGIADIS
When Nureyev took up the position of Artistic Director of the ballet of the Paris opera in 1983, his words to the dancers of the ensemble so rich in tradition were, “Don’t talk, work”, and only two months later he presented his magnifi cent new production of Marius Petipa’s oriental ballet Raymonda. This production was of great importance both for Nureyev and for the ensemble, because it was his first choreography as newly-appointed director of the Paris ensemble. It laid the foundation for his personal relationship as choreographer, teacher and director with the dancers. There could not have been a better ballet than Raymonda to show to advantage the qualities of this ensemble, which is one of the foremost in the world of ballet. It is not only the three leading parts which are shown to advantage in numerous pas-de-deux, in a dramatic sword duel and in dream scenes, but there are also impressive solos for a dozen other dancers as well as many spectacular ensemble scenes, among them the splendid Hungarian dances, an exciting Spanish dance, a wonderful polonaise and fascinating pas-de-quatre and pas-de-six.
The documentary by François Roussillon examines the various aspects of this ballet, which has become a classic in the repertoire of the ballet ensemble of the Paris opera through Rudolf Nureyev’s choreography. Nureyev’s innate talent for dancing and the perfection of his rehearsal work made Raymonda one of the greatest masterworks of ballet history.
“Some of the material is archival, but the majority is of very beautiful recent productions, where both the colour of the music and the beauty of the dancing are well conveyed. The picture and sound quality are both first class. A thoroughly rewarding and civilized documentary - and a must for balletomanes.”
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