Carolyn Carlson - Signes
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The dancing is mesmerizingly perfect. As always, the POB corp dances impeccably. The long-limbed Marie-Agnes Gillot deservedly was awarded the status of etoile for her performance as the female lead. But most remarkable was Kader Belarbi. His role is principally comprised of many small movements, a turning of the hand or arm, a shift in posture. He manages to do even the smallest motion with gravitas and power. In this production Belarbi is near the end of his great career, and it is hard to imagine anyone with less maturity dancing in his place.
As with a number of other recent POB DVDs, the production quality of the DVD is top notch, although it is sometimes frustrating when the camera is shifted to a close up of one of the dancers, and I am left wondering what is going on elsewhere on the stage.
But one warning for the ballet purists: although there is the occasional arabesque and plie, this is contemporary dance. But the classical training shines through to create a production worth watching over and over again.
No single element of "Signes" can stand on its own; it has to be taken as presented. The music is a sort of gallic minimalism with hints of Michel Legrand pop and Brian Eno's ambient experiments. It's never challenging and always charms. The dancing (modern, not ballet) is fun. Movements tend to be small scaled, but sweep there is when called for. It is thoroughly integrated with the music and the shifting decor. Costumes, of course, are also by M. Debré and are integral to the visual whole. Marie-Agnes Gillot, a tall, long-limbed supple woman, turns in a virtuoso performance combining elegance, strength, fluidity and femininity. Kader Belarbi's part seems to be all about control and he executes it flawlessly.Read more ›
And what an extension with Gillot and Belarbi so good along with the PO corps de ballet (as always)! There were moments when I was holding my breath it was so engaging.
After that I have to recommend it to anyone who has a love of dance if only for one particular episode which stood out above the rest (and you will find your own I'm sure).
It does suffer from the affliction some film directors have of not understanding the language of dance (too many closeup and three quarter body shots thus missing events in the big picture as has been mentioned) but as a whole this is a visual treat.It was also close to blu-ray quality with picture and audio (which may be due to the superb upscaling of my blu-ray player and the plasma screen I played it on) so that also was an unexpected plus.
Wiithout hesitation-highly recommended.
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I am in the process of returning this DVD to its vendor. Something I rarely do. La raison? Because in my mind, this work, is the clinical opposite of what a ballet should be: A... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by King Arthur
This work by Carolyn Carlson is very inovative in a good sense. Although I did not grasp the relation between the dances and their titles, I was enchanted by what was going on. Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by Gil Kolan
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