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Many works of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner are linked to the liberal revolutions of 1848, the 'Springtime of Peoples', that swept away absolutism in Europe. C(h)oeurs, a mix of Choirs (choeurs) and Hearts (coeurs) in French. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, conducted by Marc Piollet, this is an experience not to be missed.

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  • Actors: Verdi, Wagner, Alain Platel, Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
  • Directors: Marc Piolett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Teatro Real
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H2IIJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although the Wall Street Journal allegedly described C(H)OEURS as "enthralling", it should be understood that this review is from someone who failed, utterly, to appreciate, understand or be inspired in any way by this production from Teatro Real, even after three viewings. There have been some marvelous contemporary ballets released recently - C(H)OEURS is certainly NOT one of them but a production which may appeal only to those who appreciate the extreme avant-garde. Or those who can afford to waste money.

The production opens with an anorexic female dancer who, under the harsh glare of an overhead spotlight, slowly lifts her dress to expose her bare buttocks for what seems like an eternity. It is not a good look. Next, a naked male moves around the stage all the while concealing his genitalia with admirable dexterity. The full complement of dancers emerge and for the next two hours treat us to a never-ending series of spasms and convulsions akin to the antics of the mentally deranged.

The narration interspersing the selection of Verdi and Wagner musical gems is banal, childish. Chapter 8 establsihes a stomping rhythm which, according to the accompanying booklet, is meant to be the Haka. The Haka is sacred to New Zealanders, Maori and Pakeha alike: to bastardize the Haka in any manner, as here in Madrid, is insulting. We are finally rewarded with a duet/pas de deux (danced to the prelude from La Traviata) which is actually quite beautiful but is too little, too late. The production concludes with dancers disrobing, some of the choir members foolishly following suit.

From the accompanying material we are infomred that C(H)OEURS is a scream of protest over injustices in today's world.
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By Linze on December 14, 2012
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A typical Alain Platel piece with the dancers of les ballets C de la B and the Chorus of the Teatro Real, Madrid, that is full of symbolism and makes a statement on the way individuals and groups feel silenced and how they find ways to demonstrate with and without words in protest against the things that are happening in their countries today. For example, the throwing of one shoe, or the pinning of a red target to themselves. The accompanying booklet has an excellent article explaining the philosophy behind the piece.
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