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Giselle - Dutch National Ballet [DVD] [2009] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Anna Tsygankova, Jozef Varga, Igone de Jongh
  • Directors: Jeff Tudor, Adrienne Liron
  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Classics and Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034L9AP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Giselle

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrin K. on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
This DVD preserves a performance by the Dutch National Ballet that took place in February 2009. Their Giselle was then a new production by Rachel Beaujean und Riccardo Bustamante (and considering that such productions usually stay in the repertory for a long time, it is still very new). The beautiful designs by Toer van Schayk look like 19th century paintings with their careful choice of colour and use of light. The painted backdrop for the first act shows the Rhine (in particular, the region between Bonn and Koblenz where there are hills and castles on both sides), a river that was a source of inspiration for romantic poets and travelers.
Although the stage designs are quite detailed (Giselle's hut has a gate), the Amsterdam stage itself is so spacious it never looks cluttered. The two sides of the Romantic era are conveyed exemplarily as the first act looks warm, sunny and folksy whereas the second act is closer to the dark, gothic atmosphere of some of Heinrich Heine's poetry. I especially liked the first entrance of the wilis and the way they form a circle around Myrtha like a sinister sisterhood, supported by very effective positioning of the camera somewhere high up. The wilis here also keep on their veils longer, which adds to the ghostly, spectral atmosphere.
If you have seen other performances of this ballet you will probably notice that in the first act there is a peasant pas de quatre and not a pas de deux like they have in Paris and Milan, or a pas de six (Royal Ballet). It gives more than two dancers the chance to shine and supports the idea of the village being a community, thus plausibly dealing with the problem that I always thought comes up when there is a Peasant Pas de Deux: who are these people and why do they dance this divertissement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BoskoG on 29 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Everything is right about this production:
Picture 5
Sound 4
Sets 5
Dancing 5
Storytelling 4
Music making 4
There are also 45 minutes of interviews with the leading dancers discussing their roles. Overall highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kovanda on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
This is my second Giselle on Blu-ray. The ballet seems to me less emotional. Otherwise I have no objection to it. I have reservations on the quality of an audio recording, which I think is wrong. A sound engineer is recorded ambient noise from the audience a lot. Someone sneezes still there. It works very distracting, especially in the quieter passages.
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