- Actors: New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, Daniel Capps, Orchestre Prométhée
- Directors: Vincent Bataillon
- Format: Classical, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: None
- Dubbed: None
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
- DVD Release Date: May 12, 2017
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B06XWVVN64
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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New York City Ballet in Paris
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The New York City Ballet, with its collection of extraordinary dancers and its unique repertoire, is one of hte most prestigious dance companies in teh world. This exceptional production, performed in Paris after eight years of absence, revoles around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. the four ballets performed, choreographed from 1925 to 1980, perfectly encapsulate Balanchine's genius and his very own neo-classical style. They also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust (Gounod) at the Paris Opera in 1975. It premiered as an independant piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine, set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C (Gizet), better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. A spectacular tribute to Balanchine, beautifully served by the breath-taking technique of these American dancers, who rank today among the best in the world.
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The program is a tribute to both Balanchine and France -- all the works are by French composers. It's a pretty accurate snapshot of the current state of NYCB. Walpurgisnacht is perhaps the lightest work -- it's more about The Hair than The Dance. But Sara Mearns throws herself (and her tresses) into this role with such fervor that the 18 minutes fly by. Adrian Danchig-Waring is her appropriately understated partner and Lauren Lovette is a perky in the second solo role.
Sonatine is a small jewel of a ballet. Its subtle accents don't necessarily translate well to film, and Joaquin de Luz's showy style clashes with the quiet charm of the work. But Megan Fairchild is a delight -- such accurate footwork! Such a simple, happy style! La Valse is given a great performance by the astonishingly versatile Sterling Hyltin -- someone that bubbly can't play the doomed socialite right? She can, and she does. Amar Ramasar is also excellent as Death. Ravel's moody score and Balanchine's ominous, creepy choreography continue to make their impact.
Finally, Symphony in C, which probably would routinely make the list for Balanchine's all-time greatest ballet. It's a 40 minute explosion of dancing and joy. It calls upon all the resources of the company. You have Tiler Peck, serene and classical, in the first movement, Teresa Reichlen, magisterial and austere in the great Adagio, newcomer apprentice Alston McGill a little gawky but irrepressible in the third movement (and Anthony Huxley, one of the company's best virtuosos, jumping away in the role associated with Edward Villela), and Brittany Pollack, a human gyroscope, in the fourth movement. The ballet's finale is guaranteed to bring happiness to any audience. Is it a perfect performance? No, but I wouldn't live without it.
Camerawork is excellent. This becomes an immediate "must-have" for ballet-lovers.
If you are a NYCB lover, get this! If you are a ballet lover in general, get this!
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