Balanchine: Jewels

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Overview

In the home release Balanchine: Jewels The Ballet of the Op?ra national de Paris performs George Balanchine's Jewels ballet, live on stage. Balanchine choreographs the work to featured music by classical composers Gabriel Faur?, Igor Stravinsky, and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Paul Connolly handles musical direction, with set and costume design by Christian Lacroix.
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Overview

In the home release Balanchine: Jewels The Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris performs George Balanchine's Jewels ballet, live on stage. Balanchine choreographs the work to featured music by classical composers Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Paul Connolly handles musical direction, with set and costume design by Christian Lacroix.
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Special Features

George Balanchine Forever: a film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Brigitte Lefèvre, director of dance at the Opéra, designer Christian Lacroix, star dancers Laëtitia Pujol, Clairemarie Osta, Aurélie Dupont, Agnès Letestu and Marie-Agnès Gillot and chairman of the Balanchine Foundation, Barbara Horgan (includes subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • UPC: 809478009511
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: Dutch
  • Time: 2:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,774

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- George Balanchine: Joyaux
1. Opening Credits [:59]
2. Opening [:45]
3. Prelude [6:47]
4. Fileuse (Solo) [2:59]
5. Sicilienne (Solo) [4:06]
6. Entr'acte (Pas de Trois) [3:23]
7. Epithalame (Pas de Deux) [3:42]
8. Nocturne [3:17]
9. Final [3:59]
10. La Mort de Mélisande [4:26]
11. Curtain Calls [1:30]
12. Opening [:16]
13. Ensemble [2:04]
14. Pas de Deux [1:47]
15. Ensemble [3:08]
16. Pas de Deux [6:10]
17. Ensemble [6:00]
18. Curtain Calls [:50]
19. Opening [:31]
20. Ensemble [6:44]
21. Pas de Deux [10:35]
22. Ensemble [6:12]
23. Ensemble [8:40]
24. End Credits [1:50]
25. Curtain Calls [2:17]
1. He Was Like an Index [5:37]
2. Balanchine Talks to Us About a Happy World [5:16]
3. There Are Several States of Being in Love [5:42]
4. A Kind of Absolute Virtuosity [3:04]
5. A Choreographer Who Favours Tall Women [6:06]
6. A Line of Symmetry Between Two Worlds [4:48]
7. Conflicting Attitudes to His Actual Steps [4:51]
8. Something Almost Approaching Religious Devotion [4:58]
9. He Loved Cold Beauties [7:20]
10. Simplicity and Excellence [4:02]
11. Souls That Endure [6:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- George Balanchine: Joyaux
   Performance
   Chapters
      Emeralds
      Rubies
      Diamonds
   Documentary
      Play
      Chapters
   Audio
      Stereo
      DTS Surround
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Deutsch
      Español
      Italiano
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Excellent Jewels

    Though I'm not what you would call a die-hard fan of Balanchine, I must say that this DVD is definitely worth owning.
    Personally, I'd recommend the viewer to watch the hour-long documentary about the ballet before viewing the ballet itself. It provides a huge amount of insight to the ballet, from the points of view of the directress, dancers, and stagers. For those new to Jewels, there is a significant amount of information given about what each act represents, and how Balanchine's seemingly abstract movements are actually something of poetic genius.

    In the French interpretation of this work, I have to say that they dance Emeralds (the act that represents the French school) with the highest and most unique French quality. The dancers in the first act are perfectly selected, and the corps de ballet here is stunning. Very notable dancers here are Nolwenn Daniel (in the 'Entr'acte', or pas de trios), and Clairemarie Osta (in 'Sicilienne', 'Nocturne', and 'La mort de Mélisande'), who perfected the Emeralds image with their own artistic takes on the choreography.
    The most disappointing of the acts was Rubies, which is well-known for it's representation of the American school and style. Here, it is danced with much more restraint, much less daring, and much more balance. However, technically the dancers are still stunning, so the effect of Jewels isn't diminished greatly.
    Finally, Diamonds, the act that represents the Russian school and style is danced with an artfulness and with extreme cleanliness, though at some points, a little dull.
    Of the three acts, Paris Opéra Ballet is stunning in the French style in Emeralds, while the other acts are danced cleanly and precisely, though without some of the flair intended by Balanchine.

    Also, the costumes and sets for all three of the acts, while somewhat minimalistic (in the Balanchine style), are very beautiful. I recommend this DVD to any ballet collectors, it's an important, historic work of art danced by a fantastic company!

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