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Adam: Le Corsaire [Ballet du Capitole] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Adam: Le Corsaire [Ballet du Capitole] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully realized revival of Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire.

Arthur Pita: The Metamorphosis [Royal Ballet/Watson/Day/Goldman] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Arthur Pita: The Metamorphosis [Royal Ballet/Watson/Day/Goldman] Blu-ray Review

The Royal Ballet gets a study in human contortion rather than conventional ballet that will wear thin for most lovers of the dance.

McGregor: Going Somewhere & A Moment in Time [The Royal Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

McGregor: Going Somewhere & A Moment in Time [The Royal Ballet] Blu-ray Review

A fascinating documentary that explores the creative genius of choreographer Wayne McGregor includes a 30-minute series of highlights from several of his recent ballets.

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty — A Gothic Romance [Bourne/The Sleeping Beauty Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 1st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty — A Gothic Romance [Bourne/The Sleeping Beauty Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Matthew Bourne gives us a serious makeover of Tchaikovsky’s classic, complete with vampires, special effects, and eye-catching choreography

Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton Blu-ray Review

Posted December 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton Blu-ray Review

One of the best ballet Blu-rays in some time, this homage to the legendary Sir Frederick Ashton gives wonderful examples of his art

Spoerli: Dance & Quartet [Hagen Quartet/Zurich Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Spoerli: Dance & Quartet [Hagen Quartet/Zurich Ballet] Blu-ray Review

A masterful marriage between string quartet and corps de ballet, this amalgam of chamber music and dance is a brilliant tour de force that astounds from beginning to end.

Pina [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray 3D Review

Posted January 28th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Pina [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray 3D Review

Director Wim Wenders gives us a marvelous portrait of the late avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch. Mixing selections from several ballets with poignant reminiscences by her dancers, this is a disc not to be missed.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinsky: Persephone [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Stravinsky: Persephone [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Famed stage director Peter Sellars gives us two rarely seen Russian masterpieces, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Persephone. Unusual staging and lighting effects aside, these are well performed works and definitely worth a watch.

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 8th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, gets a big-time production from the Bolshoi company. Lead dancer David Hallberg is simply spectacular and is reason enough to go for this blu-ray disc.

Platel: C(h)œurs [Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 7th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Platel: C(h)œurs [Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Belgian choreographer Alain Platel has made an ambitious effort to collate his ultramodern dance routines to the choral works of Verdi and Wagner. As a paean to social protest, it is a series of hits and misses captured with beautiful sight and sound recording. Probably not for classic balletomanes, the physicality of the “dance” routines border on the sensational.