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Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) [1982] [DVD]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6EO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Little-known Russian ballet with marvellous cast 15 July 2007
Vladimir Vasiliev is not only one the all-time greatest Russian dancers, the former Bolshoi star has also proven a choreographer of real distinction. VAI re-releases his two-act ballet "Anyuta" as it was initially created in 1982 as a dance film with his wife Ekaterina Maximova in the title role. Adapted for the stage four years later, it remains one of his most complete and convincing works. Based upon Anton Chekhov's short story "Anna on the neck", satirizing life in a small provincial town, Anyuta concerns a woman who after marrying upon the social ladder discovers the power of beauty and sexual attraction, yet at the expense of all those dear to her. Set to an irresistible melodious score by Valery Gavrilin, Vasiliev's choreography, even if firmly rooted in the classical idiom and reviving the tradition of Russian literary ballets, is contemporary and adroitely portrays the characters, blending sentiment with the element of grotesque.

Ekaterina Maximova is magnificent as Anyuta, conveying a breathtaking range of emotions while Vladimir Vasiliev himself, cast against type as her hapless drinking father, gives one of his most subtle and moving portrayals. Supporting roles include Gali Abaidulov as Anyuta's wealthy and powerful, but stingy and boring bureaucrat-husband, John Markovsky as the rich and spoiled Don Juan Artynov, and Marat Daukaev as the student (a character introduced by Vasiliev) whom Anyuta is genuinely in love with

VAI provides a fair DVD transfer from this 1982 film, with only a few blemishes in the print.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and moving anyuta 28 Feb 2009
Vladimir Vasiliev found Valery Gavrilin's music score for Anyuta (based in Chekhov's short story "Anna on the neck")quite an inspiration for his choreograpy of this ballet as "it acted as a spur to my imagination",he said,for he considered that Gravilin understood the very essence of Chekhov's work.Somehow ,Anyuta brings a reminiscense of Faubert's heroine,Mme Bovary,when she understands the power of physical beauty and becomes an adict to luxury,leaving everything and everyone behind,eating her life away.
As Anyutas's father,Vasiliev - considered the world's best dancer by Paris Dance Academy - plays a suffering,alcoholic man in a rather moving portrayal.
Ekaterina Maximova,in her early forties,dances the title role effortlessly,bringing out Anyuta's inner thoughts and feelings with such an expressiveness that she becomes the role she plays through dancing,supported by her superb technique.
Gorkovenko conducts Gavrilin's exciting music brilliantly.Filmed in 1982,the quality of the picture is modest but nevertheless it is a most beautifully choreographed modern classic ballet.A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of Shostakovich 11 Oct 2007
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It is no accident that this has themes copied from Shostakovich. Particularly recognisable is one from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Superb dancing and acting that will keep you in fits of laughter from beginning to end
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful ballet 8 Dec 2011
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I loved this ballet, I had seen bits on You Tube. Vasiliev and Maximova were the best partnership ever, both superb dancers. I love this ballet it is so sad. My only complaint is the poor quality of the recording which has nothing to do with the content.
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