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Angelin Preljocaj: Le songe de Médée / MC 14/22 - ceci est mon corps

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This double bill from choreographer Preljocaj offers 2 of his major works, danced by Paris Opera Ballet. Included is the Songe de Medee with music by Mauro Lanza and MC14/22 "ceci est mon corps" with soundscapes by Tedd Zahmal.

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Sitting down to watch two major works by Angelin Preljocaj, I wasn't prepared to become quite as absorbed as I did. So absorbed, in fact, that I let a whole mug of tea go stone cold!

MC 14/22 'Ceci est mon corps' (Mark 14:22 'This is my body'), a celebration of the male form, sees twelve male dancers (Preljocaj's `Apostles of Movement') affirming their masculinity and their basic existence by offering up their bodies unequivocally to both each other and the audience. Although the music is quite minimalist and the movement on stage is somewhat mechanical at times, I found my pulse racing due to the contrasting moments of desire and intense sensuality.

Le Songe de Médée, the second of the performances, is based on the Greek myth of Medea and tells of a woman who will do anything for love. The choreography successfully conveys the struggle that Preljocaj believes is present in all women who are mothers: the difficulty to fulfil the role of both mother and lover. Eleonora Abbagnato illuminates the stage with her performance, and the unpredictable score reflects the inner conflict Médée feels striving to choose between being a mother and being her husband's mistress. This DVD is not only an absolute must-watch for lovers of all styles of dance, but also great for anyone who, like me, doesn't know much about the art form. I was moved by both pieces and enjoyed being challenged by the themes they present.


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  • Actors: Marie-Agnès Gillot, Eleonora Abbagnato, Wilfried Romoli, Sylvain Groud, Opéra national de Paris Ballet
  • Directors: Angelin Preljocaj, Denis Caiozzi
  • Writers: Angelin Preljocaj, Mauro Lanza, Todd Zahmal
  • Producers: Opera national de Paris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TLWG7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bonjour, j'ai bien recu le dvd en question et vous en remercie beaucoup. Je suis satisfaite de sa qualite. Bien a vous, Khatuna Mzarelua
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Angelin Preljocaj is known for his amazing dance pieces, which are a symphony for all the senses. Le Songe de Médée and MC14/22 are definately two of those pieces. Preljocaj's delicate work is shown in this two pieces in a wonderful way. I am more than just satisfied with this purchase
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I just recieved this yesterday, and I didn't enjoy it at all. 'Lanza: Le Songe de Médée' is rather odd. And the small amount of dancing didn't entertain me at all. And 'Zahmal: MC 14/22 Ceci est mon corps' is very strange. And there was nothing I would call dancing. I do like modern ballet, but I don't understand why a ballet company would do this one. If your looking for ballet, then don't buy this DVD. I bought it because I love to watch Stephane Bullion. And it's certainly not for children.
I regret buying this one. Like I said, it's not for everyone. I'll probably never watch it again.
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I was repulsed and sickened by what I saw. The Art of the Ballet is one of the great joys of my life. However, if what is featured on this DVD is the direction ballet is going, I would advise the French Minister of Culture to cancel the total budget for all ballet immediately. There are far better things that can be done with the money. I have seen gymnastic exhibitions that contained more grace and beauty. The so-called choreographer should be confirmed to a prison for fraud or, at least, to an insane asylum.

Le Songe de Medea purports to tell the tragedy of that fearsome woman. In this telling Jason seems not to care for his children. So the ballet ends without showing Medea's revenge on Jason, giving Creuse, Jason's new love interest, the magic garment what causes the flesh to shrivel and fall from her body.

MC 14/22 related to a verse in the Gospel according to St. Mark which related to The Last Supper. Anything even hinting on the sanctity of the event of the blessing the Lord gives to his Apostles is totally missing. Relating this piece to such a holy event is sacrilege.

The sound track was nothing but ugly noise, having no relevance as music. The most extreme 12 tone works contain infinitely more music.

If you are interested in the Medea story on DVD there is a modern opera, Medea by Gabichvadze available here at Amazon.com. It's harsh, but passionate and well-performed. The ultimate film Medea is, of course, starring Maria Callas. Unfortunately it is only available in DVD I know of is PAL, area code 2, available from Amazon.de. I have it and it is magnificent. Maria Callas is working here as an actress, not a singer.

I deeply regret having purchased this DVD. It was a total waste of money.
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