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Adam - Giselle / Nureyev, Seymour, Mason, Bavarian State Ballet

Rudolf Nureyev , Lynn Seymour  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rudolf Nureyev, Lynn Seymour, Monica Mason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9HUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev stara as Albrecht in a lovely production of the dance perennial. This was one of Nureyev’s greatest successes in his native Russia and he has performed the role around the world ever since. Giselle-perhaps the quintessential ballet heroine is danced by the great Canadian prima Ballerina Lynn Seymour. Nureyev’s production brings this timeless tradegy of love found, lost and redeemed to life.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluidly marvelous! December 14, 2010
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I own many performances of "Giselle" but this is, by far, my favorite. It's possible to find a DVD performance with a more stellar touch here or there; but, overall, this performance is as close to perfection in all aspects of production as one is likely to find. High praise, I know, but I think it's merited.

There is an overall "ensemble" feel to this performance. Everyone seems to be operating at the same level of excellence and commitment and on the same "wave" as to interpretation. The synchronization of the corps - whether manifested by a single couple, several couples together or the whole company - is exceptional. Quite honestly, I have seen productions by world-famous companies (no names mentioned) which fall far, far below the standards exhibited by this company. If they dance like this all the time, they should be at the top of anyone's list!

Not only are they together as a group, but there is a singular grace and ease to their dancing that one doesn't always see. They are, in fact, so unified in style and execution that one can easily overlook just how wonderful they are. They make it seem so easy and normative that one forgets how exceptional what they do really is. I wish I knew more about the different national "schools"; but there is something about this performance as a whole and in the individual style of each dancer which reminds me of Russia. There isn't a moment of stiffness in anything they do, no matter how complicated; easeful, fluid grace is the best I can do as a description, and they seem to enjoy what they're doing. If the steps are racking them with pain, there is not the slightest indication of it for the audience.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A second act revelation August 20, 2010
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I've read elsewhere that this is an 'old-fashioned' version of the much loved classic and the first act is certainly what you would expect.Jolly villagers cavort in a bucolic setting in the usual way and the betrayal of Giselle is expertly played out by Tsygankova and Varga who are beautiful to watch.The mad scene is heart-wrenching and although some camerawork is too far from the action conversely there are fewer close-ups of perspiring dancers (thank goodness) so it all works as a well-produced piece.Having several versions of the work I thought this one was developing well,until the second act which confirmed my reasons for buying the dvd after seeing it streamed on a website.Finally there was a Myrtha (Igone de Jongh) who not only looks the part but plays it as the icy cold Queen of the Wilis she is meant to be.No matronly leader of lost girls here- for although impressive grand jetes floated her across the stage,even better was the intensity she put into the characterisation of the role.This was a Myrtha totally implacable and inflexible which made the appeals by Giselle even more despairing and moving as she attempts to save Albrecht.So the drama is played out with the background corps de ballet moving well and being given loud applause by an appreciative audience.Anna Tsygankova and Jozef Varga are flawless,Hilarion again catches our sympathy and dies well to round out an exceptional second act which is enough in itself to buy this version.The additions and changes to music and choreography didn't interfere thankfully while the 5.1 surround sound is what we've come to expect so if you want to see how the second act should be done, this is the version to have.And as a bonus- how interesting it is to see interviews of the principals compared to their stage personas !
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New classical production September 1, 2010
This DVD preserves a performance by the Dutch National Ballet that took place in February 2009. Their Giselle was then a new production by Rachel Beaujean und Riccardo Bustamante (and considering that such productions usually stay in the repertory for a long time, it is still very new). The beautiful designs by Toer van Schayk look like 19th century paintings with their careful choice of colour and use of light. The painted backdrop for the first act shows the Rhine (in particular, the region between Bonn and Koblenz where there are hills and castles on both sides), a river that was a source of inspiration for romantic poets and travelers.
Although the stage designs are quite detailed (Giselle's hut has a gate), the Amsterdam stage itself is so spacious it never looks cluttered. The two sides of the Romantic era are conveyed exemplarily as the first act looks warm, sunny and folksy whereas the second act is closer to the dark, gothic atmosphere of some of Heinrich Heine's poetry. I especially liked the first entrance of the wilis and the way they form a circle around Myrtha like a sinister sisterhood, supported by very effective positioning of the camera somewhere high up. The wilis here also keep on their veils longer, which adds to the ghostly, spectral atmosphere.
If you have seen other performances of this ballet you will probably notice that in the first act there is a peasant pas de quatre and not a pas de deux like they have in Paris and Milan, or a pas de six (Royal Ballet). It gives more than two dancers the chance to shine and supports the idea of the village being a community, thus plausibly dealing with the problem that I always thought comes up when there is a Peasant Pas de Deux: who are these people and why do they dance this divertissement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very early Malakhov...
The background doesn't tell us, but it appeared that this performance was probably a graduation performance from the academy named. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
It is one of my favorite ballet and it was very pleasant to watch the Corps de Ballet of the Dutch Company dancing with such harmony. It is worth to have.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Giselle - full ballet on DVD
I was astonished at the beauty both of the visualizations and the emotional character of the dancers. Read more
Published 9 months ago by GF64
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely rendition
This is a lovely rendition of this opera.
I enjoyed it and purchased this copy for my daughter.
Recommend dealing with this vendor.
Published 12 months ago by Kathleen King
Published 15 months ago by Mariella Hathorn
5.0 out of 5 stars No coughing!?
First, I wish to thank other reviewers for having recommended this so highly. Based on those reviews, I purchased and watched, and glad that I did. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Thomas E. Ascher
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Giselle on Disc to date
I currently have five performances of Giselle on DVD and BD, and have seen it in live performance at the Royal Ballet,(with Marianella Nuñez in the title role) Covent Garden... Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Maxwell Whipps
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Giselle Ever!
It seems that Ricardo Bustamante and other Ballet Master did an incredible research and put together a performance that is technically precise. Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by daniellapedroso
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Pleasant...
This is probably the Xth Giselle that I have watched on the screen for years....

This is also one of the most satisfying Giselles that I have ever watched, and not for... Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Satish Kamath
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Say Something About The Ballerina
The other reviewers in rating this production as 5 Star, as I have, have commented about this classic ballet up, down, backwards and sideways. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by King Arthur
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