New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back tells the story of New York City Ballet's historic visit to St. Petersburg, Russia to perform at the famed Mariinsky Theater, where ballet legend and NYCB co-founder George Balanchine received his training and began his career. One of the most famous theaters in the world, the Mariinsky is where Tschaikovsky created The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and where other greats of the ballet world such as Nureyev, Nijinsky and Baryshnikov took their first ballet steps. The eagerly-anticipated trip coincides with the worldwide celebrations marking the centennial of Balanchine's birth, and takes place during St. Petersburg's annual White Nights festival. Included is performance footage of several of Balanchine's most acclaimed works, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, and a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes for a number of backstage dramas.
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Additional interview material: Peter Martins, Valery Gergiev, Rosemary Dunleavy and Darci Kistler; Tour of the Mariinsky theater
This dvd was so very disappointing. I expected to see a lot of dancing as outlined in the scene index, but there was very little. Those times don't reflect actual dance performance times at all. The story was interesting and the bits and pieces of dancing were fabulous, but I wanted my fix of ballet and I only got teased. What a drag.
This is a terrific video for anyone who loves ballet, both a tribute to Balanchine and to the dancers who carry on his legacy. NYC Ballet traveled to Russia to showcase the works of the great choreographer in his homeland many years after his death, and the audience, which was new to him, was surprised and thrilled! It reminds us how lucky we are to have had Balanchine's genius and work, and to appreciate the creativity we lost and might never find again. It's a must.