Frederick Ashton: Les Patineurs/Divertissements/Scènes de Ballet

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Special Features

Artist and backstage interviews from Les Patineurs
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 809478010647
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / DTS
  • Sound: stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,301

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Constant Lambert Les Patineurs
Samantha Raine Les Patineurs
Akane Takade Les Patineurs
Darcey Bussell Divertissements
Jonathan Cope Divertissements
Laura Morera Divertissements
Ricardo Cervera Divertissements
Viacheslav Samodurov Divertissements
Mara Galeazzi Divertissements
Thiago Soares Divertissements
Tamara Rojo Divertissements
Leanne Benjamin Divertissements
Carlos Acosta Divertissements
Philip Gammon Divertissements
Miyako Yoshida Scènes De Ballet
Ivan Putrov Scènes De Ballet
Paul Murphy Conductor
Barry Wordsworth Conductor
Technical Credits
Frederick Ashton Choreography
Ross MacGibbon Producer
James Whitbourn Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frederick Ashton: Les Patineurs/Divertissements/Scenes de Ballet
1. Opening [:36]
2. Pas Des Patineurs [2:08]
3. Entreé [:54]
4. Variation [1:28]
5. Pas De Deux [3:14]
6. Ensemble [6:04]
7. Pas De Trois [1:39]
8. Pas De Deux Filles [1:58]
9. Pas De Six [2:54]
10. Finale [3:55]
11. Curtain Calls and Credits [2:20]
1. The Sleeping Beauty Awakening Pas De Deux [7:01]
2. Devil's Holiday Pas De Deux [5:16]
3. Devil's Holiday Variation [4:29]
4. Thaïs Pas De Deux [7:45]
5. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan: I [2:33]
6. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan: II [1:54]
7. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan: III [:47]
8. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan: IV [1:59]
9. Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan: V [4:08]
10. Voices of Spring Pas De Deux [7:06]
1. Pricipal Man, Four Men [1:35]
2. Corps Be Ballet, Four Men [3:29]
3. Variation Ballerina [1:20]
4. Ballerina, Principal Man, Corps De Ballet, Four Men [2:54]
5. Ballerina, Principal Man, Four Men [3:27]
6. Four Men, Corps De Ballet [:36]
7. Principal Man, Four Men [1:33]
8. Variation Ballerina [1:42]
9. Ballerina, Principal Man [:33]
10. Ballerina, Principal Man, Four Men, Corps De Ballet [1:13]
11. Apotheosis [1:59]
12. Curtain Calls and Credits [3:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Frederick Ashton: Les Patineurs/Divertissements/Scenes de Ballet
   Les Patineurs: Performance
   Les Patineurs: Chapters
   Extras
      Sarah Lamb, Rupert Pennefather (White Couple) and Gary Avis
      Steven Mcrae (Blue Boy) and Christopher Carr
      Samantha Raine, Akane Takada (Blue Girls) and Christopher Carr
   Divertissements: Performance
   Divertissements: Chapters
   Scènes De Ballet: Performance
   Scènes De Ballet: Chapters
   Setup
      Audio: DTS Surround
      Audio: Stereo
      Subtitles (For Extras Only): Français
      Subtitles (For Extras Only): Deutsch
      Subtitles (For Extras Only): Español
      Subtitles (For Extras Only): Off
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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Worth Owning for 'Les Patineurs'

    The Royal Ballet's homage to Frederick Ashton is a DVD definitely worth owning, if not just for the stunning video of 'Les Patineurs' and 'Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan'. However, the rest of the DVD isn't as interesting.

    'Les Patineurs', starring Steven McRae, with music by Giacomo Meyerbeer, is everything an ideal Ashton ballet should be: simple, elegant, technical, and full of nuances.
    The story is a simple one, about 'the ice skaters', and all of their intricate and beautiful patterns. Paired with 'Les Patineurs' are three videos of the principal dancers and soloists in rehearsal, where they mope about the difficulty of the steps (something I wouldn't recommend watching).

    The next ballet on the DVD is 'Divertissements', which is a collection of elegant pas de deux and solos. Unfortunately, the majority of them are in the same, melancholy mood, as pretty as they are. The Sleeping Beauty - Awakening Pas de Deux isn't very interesting, though the stars of the Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope, dance. The Devil's Holiday Pas de Deux is done beautifully, with beautiful lines by Laura Morera, though it's in the same, extremely lyrical and slightly dull state. The Devil's Holiday Variation is in this same semi-dull state, though with great masculinity and power, by Viacheslav Samodurov. The Thaïs Pas de Deux is also very lyrical, with gorgeous lines by Mara Galeazzi. Then comes Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan; stunning. With a piano onstage, and Tamara Rojo as Isadora, the performance is transformed into something unreal. Rojo shockingly turns into Duncan, and with every waltz to the music of Brahm, she shows a different aspect of Duncan's performances. Five Brahms Waltzes is yet another reason to own this DVD. Then comes the Voices of Spring Pas de Deux. On other dancers, this pas de deux looks beautiful, but here, with Leanne Benjamin and Carlos Acosta, it looks slightly clunky and heavy; although technically done well. The most important thing in this ballet is Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, something no one is likely to forget.

    The last ballet on the DVD is 'Scènes de Ballet', starring Miyako Yoshida and Ivan Putrov, to the music of Igor Stravinsky. The music here is beautiful, not the music of the typical Balanchine-Stravinsky collaborations, it is much more harmonious. Choreographically, the ballet is dull. It's just a showpiece, to see how many pirouettes can be done in synchronization, and how many double tours can be done by the same man in a row. Personally, I don't find these kinds of works interesting. Though the dancers are all stunning (especially Putrov), this is all like a dull, more colorful version of 'Etudes', but without the catchiness, spark, and (vague) story.

    Though some of the works on this DVD are dull and over-lyrical, I recommend this DVD just for these exquisite recordings of 'Les Patineurs' and 'Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan'. These two works are unforgettable; and are worth owning to ballet fans, and especially fans of Ashton's choreographies.

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