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Tchaikovsky - Casse Noisette Circus / Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ballet de Monte Carlo (Nutcracker)


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Maillot's version of the classic ballet The Nutcracker is an innovative interpretation of the well known subject. It was his brainchild to transpose the ballet into the world of circus, while keeping the basic tenet wherein the real world blends with the fantasy world of childhood.

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  • Actors: Paola Cantalupo, Bernice Coppetiers, Nicholas Kahn, Nathalie Léger, Pascal Molat
  • Directors: Denis Caïozzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, 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: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GNOSNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tchaikovsky - Casse Noisette Circus / Jean-Christophe Maillot, Ballet de Monte Carlo (Nutcracker)" on IMDb

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Very distasteful and totally unnecessary.
Earnhardt
This costume speaks very clearly to the "naughty" element of children's fantasies, and is in that sense both relevant and effective.
Sackerson
Whoever thought this crap up should be shot.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on March 12, 2007
Format: DVD
It seems that everything from Le Ballet de Monte Carlo is very entertaining and thrilling, this being no exception(you might take a look at some of my other reviews of their works). This modern version of the Nutcracker combines ballet with some circus concepts, but it is still mostly dance. The stage is gorgeous, with an entrance from backstage onto a raised circular stage, with a center circular platform that goes up and down as needed. The basic story of the Nutcracker can be vaguely recognized through all the modernisms. The choreography is thrilling, including several multiple pirouettes at buzz saw velocity. The part of Drosselmeier has been cleaverly split into a male and female part, called Drossel and Meier(and they seem very fond of each other!). The only caution I would mention is that the costume of the nutcracker is somewhat "anatomically correct"; I don't know why they chose this, but it could be a problem for some viewers and parents. Beyond this, it is impossible to describe the complex action in this great piece, so if you have the courage, take a look at this!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sackerson on September 30, 2008
Format: DVD
Jean-Christophe Maillot's work may not be to everyone's taste, but to any serious devotee of dance his ballets should provide great pleasure. His choreographic style ranges from classical to extreme modern dance movement, and his aesthetic approach is best described as expressionistic. He is never sentimental, but his ballets have great feeling, and often suggest perspectives which are new and refreshing.

In "Casse-Noisette Circus" he removes the Christmas element from the story. The young girl Marie (Nathalie Leger) falls asleep reading a book, and the ballet takes place within her dream in the form of a children's party with a circus as entertainment. Like many children's dreams, this has its darker side, and there are elements of sexuality which might disturb some parents -- probably more than it would disturb their children! The most obvious example of this (just to get this out of the way at once) is the character of the Nutcracker himself, danced by the supremely athletic Pascal Molat, who is a clownish rag-doll figure with small but clearly defined genitalia stitched out of the cloth of his costume. One notices this at first, and then discounts it -- or at least one SHOULD. This costume speaks very clearly to the "naughty" element of children's fantasies, and is in that sense both relevant and effective.

The children are merry and obstreperous (particularly the boys) and the whole scene is continually lively. When the Drosselmeier figure appears it is in fact two characters, Drossel and Meier, respectively a man and a woman, who act as directors for the party and ringmasters for the circus. The gifts the children are given are costumes, and the stage simply explodes with colour and incident.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Earnhardt on December 17, 2010
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Almost made it through the first hour, but the constant distraction of the "baby" character's costume fitted with Mr. Johnson & the family jewels was too much. And his actions didn't help. Very distasteful and totally unnecessary. This isn't about the Nutcracker at all. Why did Ovation have this as part of their holiday Nutcracker Dance Off??? What a horrible production. Thankfully Tchaikovsky won't see it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mannuci on December 23, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i am not an authority on ballet, but after watching this production of the nutcracker many times, i have have been captivated by the fantasy of the story, the costumes and the performances. i would not have any problem having one of my children watch this ballet. i think the costuming and unusual fantasy characters, along with the circus theme, would keep children of today extremely interested in the story and would be a good introduction to ballet and classical music.

i thought it was a very modern interpretation of the nutcracker which at times can be a little drawn out and boring. this was a vibrant and entertaining production. as far as the anatomically correct costume, it should not prevent people of all ages from enjoying this ballet.
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