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Swan Lake

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Svetlana and Roberto Bollo perform in this 2004 La Scala production of the Tchaikovsky ballet conducted by James Tuggle.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7EME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Crazy sums of money were dumped into this theater piece that I wouldn't really call a ballet and might not even call a dance. Ekman obviously wants to work himself to the point of directing rather than being a choreographer which may be smart because the dancing may be the least notable part of this nuts take on swan lake. Set's fly over head, dozens of doors open and shut, people are elaborately dressed in dull pink clothes and charge around yelling and camping. Second act is unrelated. the floor is flooded about 2 inches and people are dressed in quazi-scuba duds. There's a lot of floor work, crawling and splashing and gargling the floor water. there are more expensive costume changes and tons of absurdist behavior. I lost interest fast. the audience goes nuts at the end (and they're Norwegian so they must have been real into it.) this might be more popular with people who aren't interested in dance.
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As the catalog's only DVD of Vladimir Burmeister's effective edition, La Scala's Swan Lake is self-recommending. Add Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in the lead roles, and this 2004 video recording goes straight to the head of the class.

If you're unfamiliar with the history of Tchaikovsky's first ballet, you might be inclined to skip someone else's "version" -- which would be a mistake because every Swan Lake staging is one adaptation or another of the composer's original.

Displeased with the only moderate success of Swan Lake's 1877 premiere, Tchaikovsky (and others) reworked many of its moving parts before it left the boards in 1883, having received 41 performances. After Tchaikovsky's death, a revival was produced in 1895 under the eminent ballet master Marius Petipa, assisted by choreographer Lev Ivanov. A new script was requested from Tchaikovsky's brother Modeste, who modified the bleak ending by having Odette dive into the lake to commit suicide, with Siegfried following suit, before the lovers' spirits rise up in an idealized apotheosis.

Revisions were made to Modeste's revision. Further revisions, re-orchestrations, a shuffling of numbers, and even additional music ensued -- with Petipa choreographing Acts I and III and Lev Ivanov doing Acts II and IV -- before the 1895 staging that fixed Swan Lake in the repertoire in the form from which subsequent productions derive.

Modifications continued through the 20th century. Stalin, whose close eye on the arts in the Soviet Union is well documented, liked happy endings in which fairy tales became real for the perfect workers' state, and so a "happy" ending for Swan Lake became traditional.
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Two of the most produced ballets with music by Tchaikovsky are “The Nutcracker Suite” and “Swan Lake”. I’ve seen these so many times that I avoid them. That’s why I was literally blown away when I got this new Bluray of a production performed in April and May 2014 in Norway titled, curiously, “A Swan Lake”. The cover said the music was not by Tchaikovsky, but rather Mikael Karlsson and it was “conceived” by Alexander Ekman. I can guarantee that you have never seen a production of “Swan Lake” like this amazingly creative production.

It’s a modern dance (as compared with ballet) production in which the swans are actually dancing in a “lake” on stage filled with WATER! Though there are a few female dancers (ballerinas?) on their toes, most of the action is having the dancers “foot surfing” (I can’t seem to find another word to describe this) across the stage.

Before we get to the water (lake) however – we have Act I which is really funny and in English. There’s a hint of Tchaikovsky’s music here and the costumes are great.

Once Act Two begins – it’s all about the water. Joining the swans splashing around is a tuba player playing a New Orleans Brass Band theme and the n joined by a violinist who keep up the original jazz score. Soo there are hundreds of rubber ducks (really!) falling from the sky and the dancers play with an array of beach balls. Oh then there is the Shark who arrives and the singing Soprano! Finally things on stage get “electrifying” (literally) before the 98 minute production comes to an end!

Recorded for Norwegian TV in wonderful HD at a live performance – this 2014 production has to be seen to be believed.
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I don't paricularly like this video. My opinion has nothing to do with the quality of the production itself, or any lack on the parts of the dancers and musicians. (I am no kind of expert on technique anyhow). It more has to do with directors' styling that is not to my taste.

Artistic liberties have been taken by the direction, including a more unique, modern setting than other productions of this ballet that I have seen on stage and video. Also, if you have young children who will be viewing this version, be aware that the overture has an odd scene that has been added that is blatantly sexual. For me, "Swan Lake" should open on a happy Tchaikovsky-esque group celebration, not a shirtless prince jumping into a lone bed with a girl in a nightie (Odette?) on an otherwise empty stage--

I personally prefer more classic renditions of older ballets, and the Royal Opera House videos I've seen here on amazon are more to my liking. They have very beautiful and lavish costuming and sets that I enjoy, without the strange added content that I don't want my young kids to see, nor do I care to see myself either.

Others might appreciate this production more than I do--
But it would have been nice to know that this version is less kid-friendly before I put out the $
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