Little Mermaid (San Francisco Ballet)

The Little Mermaid (San Francisco Ballet)

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Director: Thomas Grimm, John Neumeier

Cast: Thomas Grimm, John Neumeier, Yuan Yuan Tan, Lloyd Riggins

     
 

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The San Francisco Ballet mounted this 2011 production of John Neumeier's ballet The Little Mermaid, with dancers including Yuan Yuan Tan in the title role, Lloyd Riggins as The Poet and Tiit Helimets as The Prince. Freely adapted from the story by Hans Christian

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The San Francisco Ballet mounted this 2011 production of John Neumeier's ballet The Little Mermaid, with dancers including Yuan Yuan Tan in the title role, Lloyd Riggins as The Poet and Tiit Helimets as The Prince. Freely adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, it features music by Lera Auerbach, presented under the baton of maestro Marin West. Neumeier choreographs, and created the costumes, lighting and production design.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
UPC:
0814337010867
Original Release:
2011
Source:
C Major
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
38,831

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Mermaid
1. Opening [1:06]
2. Prologue: On a Ship [4:55]
3. The Bottom of the Sea [9:12]
4. The Ship Arrives - On Board of the Ship [5:17]
5. In the Sea...the Prince Takes a Swim [4:02]
6. The Storm [4:54]
7. After the Storm [4:58]
8. On the Shore - Near a Church [4:38]
9. The Bottom of the Sea - The Sea Witch [4:19]
10. Transformation [3:01]
11. On the Shore [6:47]
12. On the Sea [6:35]
13. The Mermaid's Room [10:31]
14. The Prince's Palace - The Wedding [6:30]
15. Epilogue: Towards Another World [34:01]
16. Credits [5:36]

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The Little Mermaid (San Francisco Ballet) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a visually beautiful rendering of the Little Mermaid story, but with some disturbing elements.  I definitely would NOT recommend it for young children as it includes a both some homosexual overtones that I would not care to explain yet to a young child, as well as a scene where the little mermaid is stripped somewhat violently of her costume, leaving her battered in a nude leotard.  Although I appreciate the ballet, it is absolutely not what I expected.
danrubin06 More than 1 year ago
The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the legendary author Hans Christian Andersen, choreographed and designed by John Neumeier, with music by Lera Auerbach, is truly a work of genius. The San Francisco Ballet brings the work incredible life, though the corps de ballet is at times somewhat sloppy. Yuan Yuan Tan and Llyod Riggins stand out in this masterpiece of theater. Intertwined with Andersen's own life, the emotional depth and complexity is perfectly portrayed by both the little mermaid and the poet. The choreography is a work of art. There is simply no gesture that is excess, and the piece displays a different kind of mime (as compared to classical ballet), a more realistic mime. The music is genius, with the incorporation of an instrument known as theramin. As for the quality of the DVD, the ballet is filmed in stunning high definition, and the shots are very appropriate to the ballet. Having seen it live (by the San Francisco Ballet, as well), I must say that the shots enhance the experience of The Little Mermaid. There is a second DVD, with bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes looking at The Little Mermaid, were the process behind this work is described, as well as the process behind the music. Though I could go on about the pure aesthetic genius and emotional depth of every second of this ballet, it's better to say that it is definitely worth the purchase. This is the most perfect modern ballet I've yet to see, I recommend this to absolutely everyone.