Felia Doubrovska Remembered - From Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to Balanchine's School of American Ballet
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(Jan 01, 2008)
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Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, and Maria Calegari speak about this woman's impact on them...and it is marvelous to notice how their body language (and even cadence of speech) alters as they describe Doubrovska. Each begins to pull their body into a more erect position, to alter the way they hold their heads. They become even more elegant. John Taras provides thoughtful insights and continuity. Best of all, Tanaquil Le Clerc's off-camera smoky voice adds shrewd observations which are smoothly integrated into this tale of a woman whose performing career spanned from ancien regime Russia to Diaghilev and Pavlova's adventures, and ended up bringing the best of these worlds to her American students .
Doubrovska herself-- caught on camera in 1978 -- talks charmingly about her great roles (and about working with those who created them): Nijinska for Les Noces and Les Biches; Balanchine for Apollo and Prodigal Son ( for the last of which she demonstrates a section in someone's living room, trapped between a vitrine and a coffee table!)
And there is more. Footage from her classes, demonstrating and giving corrections. The process of transmission at its best, and god, is she in shape.
And then the funniest moment arrives.Read more ›
P.S. Since they won't let me change my Star Rating above, at least I can add a change of mind here. This Docu is 5 star in content and I should have rated it that way to begin with. OK the sound quality isn't perfect, but the material is. So, buy this disc and enjoy it......Richard.
Virginia Brooks has done a wonderful job. Comment has been made about the audio quality when Madame Doubrovska is being interviewed. Fair enough and sub titles may have been helpful (and perhaps are still a possibility), however, after you have watched the film a couple of times (and you will watch it many many many times) you will understand her a lot better. Don't be discouraged from buying the dvd. She speaks in that charming way of elderly Russian ballerinas and one day, after watching the film a few times, you will understand and get the general idea. Perhaps one could suggest that she is so modest she doesn't want to talk about herself. Don't be put off, this rare footage of her is a must for every one interested in Diaghilev, Ballets Russes, New York City Ballet and so on.
Thank goodness there is film like this. Think how miraculous it is that there are snippets of film of Madame Karsavina, Madame Spessivtseva and Madame Danilova (to mention but a few).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a charming little film. After seeing the film, I could see how Madame Doubrovska influenced generations after generations of dancers. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David H. Yin
An enchanting video. I'd long known about Felia Doubrovska and her work with the first era Ballets Russes (1907-1909), like her creation of the role of the Siren in 'Le Fils... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Dr Garnet A Deravin
Wonderful, in depth, short documentary of Mme Doubrovska, who taught at the School of American Ballet! Superb footage of her teaching and demonstrating... Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Phoebe
I purchased this for my son-in-law for Christmas. His mother was in the video. He was well pleased with it.Published on February 6, 2010 by Sandra M. Groce
I purchased this bio from Virginia Brooks. She did a fine job of this bio of a great ballerina and teacher.I don't regret buying this.If you love ballet you must have this. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by maiden pa.