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Frederick Ashton: Les Patineurs/ Divertissments/ Scènes De Ballet [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

Carlos Acosta , Leanne Benjamin    Exempt   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, Steven McRae
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005THVW88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,153 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton created more than 100 ballets over a 60 year career. Showcasing three of his shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scènes de Ballet where sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create perhaps Ashtons most modernist work. Divertissements, a collection of eight short dances, features some of Ashtons most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet.

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Patineurs (Les) / Divertissement / Scenes De Ballet

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Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous disc of choreographic confections.

Les Patineurs depicts various scenes set in an imaginary world of ice-skating. The music is by Meyerbeer arranged and orchestrated skilfully and wittily by Constant Lambert in 1937 and seemingly just as fresh today as it was then. The ballet remains a popular repertoire ballet with revivals most years. The key figure is the `Blue boy, who takes on the role of the `King of the Ice' demonstrating his superior skill at various moments throughout this 27 minute ballet. This role is expertly despatched on this occasion by Steven McRae whose star role is surrounded and enhanced by equally expert pairs and small groups of featured `skaters'.

This fun piece is followed by the 42 minute `Divertissements' which consists of 6 unrelated highlights from previous creations. It is invidious to single out particular pieces or dancers for special mention in such exalted company but for me the `Voices of Spring' pas de deux featuring Carlos Acosta at the height of his considerable powers with Leanne Benjamin must get a special mention. The complete highlight for me however, is the show-stopping performance by Tamara Rojo in an Isadora Duncan cameo where her acknowledgement of applause, still in role, is worth the price of the disc alone!

The final short 24 minute ballet, Scenes de Ballet with music by Stravinsky was reputably Ashton's own favourite ballet and one in which he felt he had achieved the nearest to `symmetrical geometric movements' which achieve their effect from any angle including that seen from the wings.
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Les Patineurs is perhaps one of the first sequences of Ballet Music I fell in love with and became ingrained into my musical psyche - I still have the Vinyl record of Charles McKerras conducting this from my dad's collection dating from 1962. (Seeing) The very name of this ballet recorded on DVD - and I just ordered it. All that is to be said about the ballet has already been reviewed by Mr.Giles and I have little to add. Yes, like one reviewer mentioned, I think the Blue Boy could have been a little better, although I have not seen any other version of this ballet live or otherwise. But I can imagine.


I thought the other two ballets, whose music by itself is not as popular as a sequence unlike the Patineurs, was a revelation - A further revelation about Ashton's genius, that could be matched only by another great, Ronald Petit... I find a great deal of similarities in the approach, especially their objective of making an evening of ballet both absorbing and entertaining, no questions asked.

The choreography in the Divertissements is a work of a genius and beautifully danced. Of all those, the only one I found to be a little on the superficial (meaning no great treatment, just the usual grind) side was the Tamara Rojo's Brahms solo. Somehow it didn't match the magic of the others.

As far as the Stravinsky Scenes de ballet was concerned, I was blown away. I have known the music well, and to see it danced exactly the way I imagined it could be, was so satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet DVD - Frederick Ashton 29 Mar 2013
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I would recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys Ashton choreography. It was extremely varied and colourful and the dancing was beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashton ballets 17 April 2012
By pedro
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Two very different Ashton ballets, & a series of pas de deux & solos, all very well done. They show Ashton's musicality & versatility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth it just for Les Patineurs 26 Mar 2014
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I caught part of Les Patineurs on Sky Arts and liked it that much I searched for it on DVD. Although a little pricey (I would expect Bluray for this price) Its definitely worth it, absolutely love Les Patineurs, the other divertissements and scene de ballet are very good (Tamara Rojos turn in the style of isadora duncan is eye opening to say the least .. I think Tamara must be the first 'method' dancer I've ever seen!) but really for me its all about Les Patineurs which is a beautifully charming piece, very Ashton but also (as some of the dancers discussin the extras) also an incredibley demanding work even by modern standards (it was created in 1937)

Treat yourself its worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Les Patineurs/Divertissements/Scenes De Ballet 12 Nov 2013
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Frederick Ashton was an amazing choreographer. The dancers appearing in Les Patineurs dance but also give the apperance of dancing on an ice rink. Again Steven Mcrae shines in his role for this ballet. Divertissements were also very enjoyable for their variation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hello
Hi Dear,

Sorry about the late review message. I bought this as a gift it was well recieved and im very happy with that thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Rahaman Antoine
3.0 out of 5 stars Les Patineurs
One of my favourite ballets, arrived promptly, well packed. The actual recording is faulty and breaks up now and then
Published 14 months ago by Pam Hollingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars And About Time Too!
At last the Royal Ballet has published a decent swag of the works of Frederick Ashton. The whole DVD is a treat for Ashton fans, and for anyone who likes classical ballet. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Caspa
3.0 out of 5 stars Very old and new and old
As Patineurs was created in the early fiftys it has lasted in its original form surprisingly well, give or take an odd step the only weakness was the Blue Boy it needed A Donald... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by Henry
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I have seen most tripple bills from the stalls at Covent Garden. We have some of the best dancers in the world. I adore them Q.E.D.
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Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Arthur Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars about time this was released on dvd! (by debbie loves ballet beds uk)
i saw this some time ago on tv and am now very happy that it has been released on dvd...excellent selection of frederick ashtons beautiful work which is performed by recent stars... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by debbie loves ballet!
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