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Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf [Blu-ray]

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Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as 'an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase
for the younger students,' by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again and recorded for this DVD in 2010.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sergei Polunin, Will Kemp, Kilian Smith, Charlotte Edmonds, Laurine Muccioli
  • Directors: Matthew Hart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FUT90C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Peter and the Wolf, with legendary music by Prokofiev, and choreography by Matthew Hart, is danced by (primarily) students of the Royal Ballet School. The enjoyability of this ballet demands a certain context: if viewed as an intellectual and intricate new story ballet, it falls flat. If viewed as a homey children's ballet, it excels. The most brilliant thing about the production is the music, created by the legendary Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The choreography is inventive and modern, illustrating the story very well. What makes the production come together is Will Kemp's narration of the human and animal characters (including the different instruments that identify with each character), as well as his role as the grandfather. The wolf is danced by Sergei Polunin. Though not an especially technical role, dramatically, Polunin does it well. The other dancers, students of the Royal Ballet School, are cast and dance so well that at times, it's as if one is viewing the dancers of the Royal Opera House itself. Though minimalistic, the sets and lighting well-suit the ballet, adding to it's homey charm. The ballet is also fairly short, just around a half an hour, another reason why children would love it. The filming is excellent, and if viewed as a children's classic, the ballet is exceptional, if not ideal.

I'd recommend this to anyone with the desire to step towards bringing the world of ballet to their children, if not for the sake of revisiting their own homey children's tales.
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I recently purchased this video of the Royal School of Ballet performing Peter and the Wolf to show to my music classes. I teach K-6 music in elementary school. I showed it in my K-3 classes (and even to one of my advanced bands, 5th and 6th graders), starting with an introduction to the instruments they would hear and a brief synopsis of the story. They LOVED it!!! During the viewing one kindergartner whispered to his classroom teacher, "This is a really good story!" The quality of the production is excellent, the dancing and costuming wonderful and imaginative, the characters animated and relatable. The narration keeps them well aware of the story line. It provides students and children with a great introduction to ballet and music in general.
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This production of Peter and the Wolf - recorded at the Royal Ballet Theatre - features new choreography by Matthew Hart and stars Britain's Royal Ballet Theater principal dancer Sergei Polunin as the wolf. The Grandfather - and narrator - is played by Will Kemp. The rest of the cast are students at the Royal Ballet School. As Hart points out in the bonus 8-minute featurette, he wanted to have as many students on stage as possible, so he used them to create the lake (a la Busby Berkeley!) and the wall and the bushes. The costumes are very colorful and the 31-minute ballet moves quickly. This is a production that will appeal to children - who will relate to both the bright colors and the ages of the dancers.

Most of the movements are closer to Modern Dance than ballet. Polunin does leaps but there really is not a lot - if any- of pirouettes in the choreography.

The camera work is great and the image is sharp.

Another well-done DVD from Opus Arte

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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This recording made at the end of 2011 finally brings this popular ballet production from as long ago as 1995 to our screens. The intention was to include as many children as possible in the production and thus to incorporate the widest possible range of ages from the ballet school as possible. This was an immediate success and continues to be so.

There is an interesting short bonus film in which Matthew Hart, the choreographer, explains his intentions and these are copiously illustrated using extracts from the rehearsal sessions. During this film there are short interviews with a number of the children portraying the key characters as well as comments from Sergei Polunin as the wolf and Will Kemp, who takes on the combined role of the grandfather and narrator.

Large numbers of children are also involved by using them to take on parts of the scenery such as the meadow, the trees, the wall and the pond. This is a most imaginative use of the cast and is most effective and William Hart pays tribute to the contributing influences behind his ideas such as those derived from George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan.

The production is clearly filmed with crisp detail and good rendition of the many colours to be found throughout the production in the imaginative costumes. The sound is presented in excellent DTS 5.1 as well as in stereo.

In addition to the short bonus referred to above, there is also the usual cast gallery typical of this label.

The packed audience, full of mesmerised children, is fully appreciative of the occasion and is a good indication of the likely success of this recording. The limited playing time is reflected in the slightly reduced price range.
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I bought this product for children ages 3-12 they enjoyed this ballet.. I would recommend this video it is a nice alternative to the classics.
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