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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

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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

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.