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zakharova dvd Ballerina - starring Vishneva, Zakharova, Lopatkina, Somova and Obraztsova New book

In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour that comes from decades of training and practice. Superstars like Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The five dancers profiled in this revealing film are tough, insightful and exceptionally talented; onstage they reveal no hint of the sweat, pain and hard work of the rehearsal studio. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory. Featuring: Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova and Evgenia Obraztsova. This title will be released on July 21, 2009. Pre-order now!

Sizova DVD Sleeping Beauty: The Kirov Ballet / Alla Sizova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Natalia Makarova (1964)

The Kirov Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty, in this classic color motion picture from 1965, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa. Kirov ballerina Alla Sizova stars as Princess Aurora, the role which made her a legend among dancers. In his review of the film, Clive Barnes called Sizova radiant and delicate, a great ballerina in the first flush of her powers. Yuri Solovyov co-stars as the Prince, Natalia Dudinskaya portrays Carabosse and a young Natalia Makarova has a featured role as Princess Florine.


DVD Swan Lake / Kirov Ballet, Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky

This classic Kirov production of Swan Lake by Oleg Vinogradov includes the familiar happy ending in the final act, where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician, von Rothbart, and at dawn is reunited with Odette. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Choreography by Marius Petipa And Lev Ivanov, in A Version By Konstantin Sergeyev.
Odette/Odile: Yulia Makhalina; Prince Siegfried: Igor Zelensky; Rothbart: Eldar Aliyev; Court Jester:: Yuri Fateyev; The Princess Regent: Angelina Kashirina. Kirov Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Viktor Fedotov.

Ballet DVD Delibes - Coppelia / Kirov, Vinogradov, Tarasova (1994)

Coppélia is a classical ballet in the true sense, and with its touch of East European folklore, continues to enjoy worldwide popularity. It combines the romance between Swanilda and Franz with the story of the doll-maker Coppelius, whose greatest desire is to create a doll with a soul. Franz immediately falls in love with Coppélia, who he thinks is real, but eventually recognizes is just a doll. He returns to Swanilda, after which the final grand divertissement sees everyone reconciled.
Music: Leo Delibes. New Version Choreographed And Staged By Oleg Vinogradov. Original Libretto: Charles Nuitter & Arthur Saint-Léon After A Story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Swanilda: Irina Shapchits. Franz: Mikhail Zavialov. Coppelius: Petr Rusanov. Coppélia: Elvira Tarasova. Swanilda’s Friends:Tatiana Salnikova, Marina Tchirkova, Anastasia Dunets, Tatiana Rusanova. Set Design: Vyacheslav Okunov. Costume Design: Irina Press.

DVD Giselle / Kirov, Mezentseva

Adam’s romantic ballet, Giselle, first seen in 1841, was the finest of the ballets staged in Paris during the age of Romanticism. Over the years Giselle disappeared from the repertory outside Russia, and has only survived through the recognition of its quality and the preservation of its traditions by the Kirov Ballet. The role of Giselle has been compared to that of Hamlet. She is a simple peasant girl, driven from joy to madness and death through an unhappy love. She is transformed into a ghost and ordered to help destroy the man who betrayed her, while still seeking to sustain him because of her undying love.
Giselle: Galina Mezentseva. Albrecht: Konstantin Zaklinsky. Bertha: Angelina Kabarova. Bathilde: Anelina Kasherina. Hilarion: Gennadi Selyutski. Wilfred: Valentin Onoshko. Orchestra of the Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet; Conductor Viktor Fedotov.

Swan Lake DVD Grand Pas in the White Night - Kirov Ballet

A Franco-Soviet production documenting the 1987 meeting of the Kirov Ballet and the Ballet of the XXth Century. On open air stages during the White Nights Festival, the two companies (and guests) rehearse and dance pieces by Maurice Béjart, Marius Petipa, Vassili Vainonen, and Oleg Vinogradov. The dancers include Tatiana Terekhova, Farukh Ruzimatov, Olga Tchenchikova, Yevgeny Neff, Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Galina Mezentseva, Altynai Asylmuratova; Michel Gascard, Eric Vu-An, Lynn Charles, Hervé Dirmann, Grazia Galante, and Jorge Donn.

Ballet DVD Glory of the Kirov - Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Natalia Dudinskaya

From the early days of this century, the Maryinsky Ballet, later the Kirov, dazzled audiences with the beauty of the dance. Five years' research in Russia's archives has unearthed fascinating footage, much of it never before available in the West, of many of the company's great dancers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Natalia Dudinskaya, and many others. Ballets featured include Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda and more.

Ballet DVD The Sleeping Beauty / Kolpakova, Berezhnoi, Kunakova - Kirov Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty is the grandest of all the surviving 19th-century ballets and the supreme achievement of the imperial Russian ballet. First performed in 1890 at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the ballet has been preserved in continuous performance by the company that created it. The way in which the heirs of the old imperial ballet continue to honor the choreographic genius of Marius Petipa and the glories of Tchaikovsky's score, means that The Sleeping Beauty is ideally to be seen in the interpretation of the Kirov Ballet whose performance in the company's 200th year in 1982 was captured in this presentation. Leading the cast is Irina Kolpakova, recognised as one of the former Soviet Union's greatest ballerinas and justly celebrated throughout the world for the beauty and clarity of her classic dancing in the role of Princess Aurora. With Sergei Berezhoi as Prince Desire and Lubov Kunakova as The Lilac Fairy.

Ballet DVD The Stone Flower / Terekhova, Gulyaev, Polikarpova - Kirov Ballet

The Stone Flower is the last ballet for which Prokofiev wrote music, a love-story based on a fairy tale from the Urals, a mixture of real-life scenes and fantastic dreams, of classical dance and folk choreography. In the words of the ballet's choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich, the story concerns "the fate of the stone carver, Danila, who wishes to see the full power of the stone and show its beauty to the people. The creative urge which possesses Danila and the desire to create more perfect art is the leitmotif of the ballet". anila, who is in love with Katerina, desires to create a malachite vase that will be as simple and beautiful as a flower. During this quest, Danila is led to the underground realm of the Queen of the Copper Mountain, who wishes to help him but also wants him for herself. But the strength of Danila and Katerina's love eventually moves the Queen of the Copper Mountain to release him, and the young lovers return to their village with the secret of creating beauty from stone. With Aleksandr Gulyaev as Danila, Anna Polikarpova as Katerina, and the Maryinsky Theatre Orchestra.

Ballet DVD The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky / Sheherazade, La Spectre de la Rose, The Polovtsian Dances, The Firebird

From the Theatre Musical de Paris - Chatelet; the Kirov Ballet salutes Nijinsky. Sheherazade with Svetlana Zakharova, Faruk Ruzimatov, Vladimir Ponomarev. Music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Libretto by Leon Bakst, Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. Le Spectre de la Rose with Zhana Ayupova and Igor Kolb, Music by Carl von Weber, Orchestration by Hector Berlioz, Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. The Polovtsian Dances with Islom Baimuradov and Polina Rassadina, Music by Alexander Borodin, Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. Firebird with Diana Vishneva and Andrei Yakovlev, Music by Igor Stravinsky, Choreography and Libretto by Mikhail Fokine.

Ballet DVD Don Quixote / Terekhova, Ruzimatov, Ponomaryov, Kirov Ballet

The tremendous resources of the Kirov Ballet flash and dash through the four acts of joyous Petipa and Gorsky choreography making Don Quixote a thrilling visual treat. This delightful spectacle features the great Soviet dancers Tatyana Terekhova and Farouk Ruzimatov as the as the lovers Kitri and Basilio. Don Quixote is performed by Kirov star Vladimir Ponomaryov.

Ballet DVD Le Corsaire / Altynai Asylmuratova, Faroukh Ruzimatov, Yevgeny Neff, Yelena Pankova Kirov Ballet

Magnificent scenic effects and dramatic choreography have ensured the popularity of Petipa’s exotic ballet Le Corsaire, a story of pirates and shipwreck, set on the Ionian coast. This production features the Kirov Ballet with Altynai Asylmuratova and Faroukh Ruzimatov who give exuberant and extroverted performances. "…the leading dancers were little short of sensational". THE STAGE. With the Kirov Theatre Orchestra.

Ballet DVD Kirov Classics (1991)

There's a whiff of the souvenir shop about Kirov Classics, a selection of highlights from the famous ballet company's repertoire. Committed followers will surely prefer to seek out full-length versions of the works presented here. That said, even the expert will find this disc to be a useful snapshot of the choreographic styles associated with the company. We get extracts from Petipa's Corsair and Paquita, Fokine's Chopiniana (a.k.a. Les Sylphides), the Legats' The Fairy Doll and Saint-Leon's Markitenka, while the Kirov's Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov also gets two items, including Petrushka and the then-daring piece based on Barber's Adagio. All the above may be crowd-pleasers in their different ways, but there's plenty of interesting historical background here, too, such as Pierre Lacotte's painstaking reconstruction of Markitenka from fragmented sources. The performances are of course immaculate, and the quality of both sound and vision also makes this the perfect taster for anyone thinking of acquiring a DVD dance habit.

Ballet on DVD The Sleeping Beauty / Kirov Ballet (1989)

It may be a truism to say that Russians interpret Russian music best, but based on this stunning Kirov Ballet performance taped during its 1989 Canadian tour, it's excitingly and exhilaratingly accurate. Tchaikovsky's ballet is brought to vividly atmospheric life by the company who may dance him better than any other company, even the rival Bolshoi, especially in this production by master Kirov choreographer Marius Petipa (revised by his successor, Konstantin Sergeyev).

From the principal dancers (Larissa Lezhnina is simply fabulous as Princess Aurora, and her partner, Farukh Ruzimatov, is her equal as Prince Désiré) to the last member of the ensemble, the grace and mastery of this world-class company is in evidence from the opening Marche to the closing duet. Simon Virsaladze's tastefully opulent sets and costumes contribute strongly, as does Viktor Fedotov's conducting and the Kirov Orchestra's playing of one of ballet's most attractive scores.

Ballet on DVD Swan Lake / Mezentseva, Zaklinsky, Kirov Ballet

This is a musically sensitive and superbly danced interpretation of the best-loved ballet in the Russian repertoire. Swan Lake videos come in various sizes and configurations, among which the Kirov has special claims. The ballet was not well received in its premiere production (Bolshoi, 1877); its success dates from the 1895 revival in St. Petersburg, in which the Tchaikovsky score was rearranged and a happy ending substituted for the original conclusion in which the hero and heroine die. This production is based on that revival and justifies the Kirov company's proprietary feeling about Swan Lake. The solo dancing communicates effectively, not only Galina Mezentseva's work in the dual role of Odette/Odile, but Konstantin Zaklinsky, who is both athletic and graceful (note, for example, "Siegfried's Variation" in Chapter 20). But what makes this Swan Lake special is the precision and discipline of the Kirov corps.

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