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Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013]

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  • Actors: Artists of the Royal Ballet
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E1C4RUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,515 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Royal Opera House

'MEDITATION' FROM THAÏS - Leanne Benjamin | Valeri Hristov
VOICES OF SPRING - Yuhui Choe | Alexander Campbell
MONOTONES I AND II - Emma Maguire, Akane Takada, Dawid Trzensimiech, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson
MARGUERITE AND ARMAND - Tamara Rojo, Christopher Saunders, Sergei Polunin, Gary Avis

Artists of The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013

Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was one of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, whose musical, subtle and graceful style and extraordinary gift for storytelling had a profound impact on the development of British ballet. This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton's death, presents five works that showcase his astonishing versatility, from compelling abstract ballets such as the exuberant Voices of Spring and the radically modernist Monotones to the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand, brought to life with 'performances of heart-wrenching intensity' (The Observer) by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

Running time: 97 minutes
Subtitles: EN
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Product Description

OA 7128D; OPUS ARTE - BBC - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, recorded in 2013, is a fascinating selection of Ashton's work and illustrates very clearly what an influence he had in the creation of a British ballet concept. If the intention was to showcase a number of short self-contained ballets to demonstrate his range and versatility primarily through the combined talents of members of the current ballet company, it is has been a success.

The 15 minutes of brief interviews and comments on each of the features ballets and Frederick Ashton's legacy to British ballet make for an interesting snapshot summary. The points that come over most strongly and consistently are Ashton's focus on graceful action achieved through action above the legs. In other words he required dancers to use the whole body and not just focus on feet and legs. This had the effect of favouring shorter dancers in contrast to Ballanchine's leg focus which favoured taller dancers for example. The other point that was repeatedly made by all the interviewed dancers was that this made it more demanding and physically tiring than choreography devised by others. They all felt that it was also very fulfilling and rewarding as an experience.

The five featured short ballets make a satisfying program and nicely illustrate all these points. The disc opens with La Valse which is really the only ballet featured for the corps de ballet plus groups. Ravel's original idea for this music was to illustrate the increasing degeneration of the modern world and its eventual collapse. This is quite clearly portrayed in his music. Ashton's setting goes some way towards this conclusion without the finale being as extreme. There is emphasis, as always, on beautiful costuming and movement with artistic balance being maintained at all times even as it speeds up remorselessly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rojo's emotional farewell - and more 3 Oct 2013
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I bought this because I knew Tamara Rojo's farewell performance would be memorable and this is such a dramatic yet compact ballet. And the fact that she lured Sergei Polunin back to London to be her partner certainly said something special about what he would bring to the production. Make sure you watch until the very end of the credits!! The other ballets were beautiful and precise - the Royal Ballet at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of Ashton works 3 Mar 2014
By Jenny
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This DVD contains a recording of an evening's mixed bill of Ashton works. It also happened to be made on the night of Rojo's farewell performance at Covent Garden.
I personally find the quality and interest to be as mixed as the styles of the works. First up is La Valse, a corps de ballet piece to Ravel's music. I love it!
Then follow two of Ashton's best known gala pieces, the Meditation from Thais and Voices of Spring. These two pas de deux are very nicely performed by three first soloists and one principal, but suffer by comparison with the versions on the other recently released DVD of Asthon's work where they are performed by experienced principal couples.
Then comes Monotones I and II. My feeling about these abstract pieces is that here is the master choreographer showing every one else how to do it. The performances, by a mixture of up and coming soloists and established principals are splendid: I could sit and watch this all day.
Lastly comes Marguerite and Armand, Rojo's farewell with guest artist Sergei Polunin. Although there are some stunning moments, I wasn't convinced by this piece. The narrative doesn't make sense unless you know the story, though I suppose many people do so perhaps that isn't a big problem. But there's something lacking. I think Ashton didn't want any one except Fonteyn and Nureyev to perform this work because he thought no one else would have the chemistry to carry it. Sadly, I think he was right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gems 27 May 2014
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Lovely and rarely seen ballet shorts, a "must have" for ballet enthusiasts. I am very pleased to have discovered it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 11 Nov 2013
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I actually saw this programme at the Royal Opera House and I am delighted to see it again on this DVD. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashton Celebration 9 Sep 2013
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A wonderful performance of many outstanding Ashton works. I particularly enjoyed "Voices of Spring", which features the enchanting Yuhui Choe. Also an opportunity to see Sergei Polunin in "Marguerite and Armand", originally choreographed for Rudolph Nureyev.
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