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Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 11th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

A new version of Stravinksy’s modern classic, The Firebird, aided by nifty special effects and terrific dancing.

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Following Christopher Wheeldon’s successful ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale is one terrific show that is as good as its predecessor.

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Wiener Staatsballett/Legris/Nureyev] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 8th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Wiener Staatsballett/Legris/Nureyev] Blu-ray Review

The Nutcracker is a much loved ballet and this venerable Nureyev version gets a well-danced and filmed account.

A Nutcracker [Compagnie Malka/Tchouda] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

A Nutcracker [Compagnie Malka/Tchouda] Blu-ray Review

A revisionist Nutcracker that blends classical dance with hip-hop and martial arts.

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat [Nederlands Dans Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 11th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat [Nederlands Dans Theater/Kylian] Blu-ray Review

A short-running low-resolution film that fails to deliver the promise of Jiri Kylian’s original balletic adaptation of Stravinsky’s chamber work.

Adam: Giselle [The Royal Ballet/Wright] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Adam: Giselle [The Royal Ballet/Wright] Blu-ray Review

This popular ballet gets a spectacular production in all respects and becomes a top choice among the Blu-ray versions

Spuck: Poppea // Poppea [Gauthier Dance] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Spuck: Poppea // Poppea [Gauthier Dance] Blu-ray Review

A modernist interpretation of Monteverdi’s opera Poppea that is danced rather than sung with terrific dancers.

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Petit: Notre-Dame de Paris [Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A reprise of Roland Petit’s balletic version of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame gets an amazing performance

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Basically a wrong-headed and off-balanced recreation of this timeless story, Mats Ek’s realization will draw few fans into this ballet

Schröder: Chaplin [Leipziger Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Schröder: Chaplin [Leipziger Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Mario Schröder gives us a clever reworking of the Chaplin life story with eclectic musical selections and terrific dancing