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Minkus: La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet [DVD] [2013]


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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bel Air Classiques
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DQVSRGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Svetlana Zakharova, Alexei Loparevich and Maria Alexandrova are among the lead dancers in the Bolshoi Ballet's production of Marius Pepita's ballet, recorded live in January 2013. Set in India, the ballet tells the story of Nikia (Zakharova), a beautiful young dancer who pledges her love to a mighty warrior. However, her heart's desires do not fit with the plans of powerful figures in her society and the Rajah (Loparevich) comes up with a deadly scheme to prevent the marriage.

Review

Perhaps the best Gamzatti captured on film since the Kirov s Tantina Terekhova in 1977. --Jonathan Gray, Dancing Times September 2013

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nutasha on 1 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
I'll start off by saying how happy I am that they finally released this version on DVD. Now all there is for them to is to release the Limpid Stream (also streamed at cinemas like this one), with Alexandrova and Skvortsov, amongst others.

I'll start off with basics: the music & quality of the picture are both amazing, as is the costuming and sets. No issues there.

There are several different versions of La Bayadere available on DVD now. This one, to me, is the most superior. The final temple scene (re-added by Makarova and seen in the Royal Ballet's version), has been removed here. I actually prefer this ending; I like the ambiguity of it. It brings forwards a lot of questions that don't necessarily get answered, like what happens to Solor? Is he insane? What happens to Gamzatti and those in the real world? I personally like these questions that arise as a result, but I'm sure other people would prefer a definitive ending.
Other changes include a longer second and third act, with the addition of several solos.

Another difference is that Gamzatti isn't the one who orders the poisonous snake in Nikiya's flowers, in the second act. I think this is usually done, but I do know in the POB version it is Gamzatti who orders it, and not her father as it is here. It helps sum up Gamzatti's character more. She's not completely evil, just adamant on having Solor.

In regards to the dancing, the Bolshoi delivers in typical perfect fashion. The corps, the soloists, and of course the principals are technically brilliant. In this version, there is the added bonus of the drum dance, which is very exciting. And a rather sweet solo danced by Anna Rebetskaya, with two young girls en pointe. Rather impressive the way she balances that jug to be perfectly honest!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Timmy on 7 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is a beautiful piece. The dancing is exquisite however the story telling is a bit lacking compared to the Royal Ballet La Bayadère. As the story is told very differently in this Bolshoi version there is no need to choose which to get, buy both. But if you are going to choose only one, get the Royal Ballet version as despite the official review above Marianela Nunez is the definitive Gamzatti.
The one very minor downside on this disc is the intrusive clapping from the audience, this seems to be a feature of Bolshoi performances.
The production itself is very well done with the picture and sound quality both very good. No extras though.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Octavianus on 17 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
An excellent production of this beautiful ballet, which has the great merit of giving virtually no close-ups of the dancers' faces or extended sequences of the principal dancers only. Not, of course, that one is averse to seeing such things, but not when the choreographer has gone to such great trouble to create a full-stage spectacle (and spectacle is what La Bayadere offers).

I have sat and fumed at so many DVD presentations where what the dancers are doing with their legs seems less important than how they're twitching their eyebrows. And as for the work of the corps de ballet, forget it -- you hardly ever see it. There are times in some DVDs when some business at the side of the stage (King talking to Queen, that sort of thing) takes precedence over the dancing. The editing often seems to have been done by someone with an attention disorder, the scene flitting from head to arm, to foot, apparently randomly. There's none of this to impair one's enjoyment of the present DVD production of La Bayadere. We are treated to wonderful, full-stage views showing all the dancers, and allowing appreciation of the delightful choreography.

The only time when this important rule is broken is, astonishingly, during the Dance of the Shades, 32 of whom (the Royal Ballet 2009 production had 24) emerge in sequence, winding down a series of slopes to the stage: this certainly needs to be seen in full, to get the dramatic effect. One's appreciation of this unique piece of corps de ballet choreography is not helped by the fact that the Shades each carry long lengths of chiffon from shoulder to shoulder, which flap about and obscure the movement (the Royal Balleet 2009 production mercifully omits the chiffon, though it was there in the splendid Royal Ballet 1991 production directed by Makarova).
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Format: DVD
This is as close as I will ever get in lifetime to seeing a performance by Zakharova and not to be missed. Was not disappointed.
Quite apart from her performance the rest of the cast, choreography, sets, sound were of epic proportions. I wouldn't have changed a thing without diminishing the spectacle.
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Excellent performance of Svetlana Zakharova, coreographic Version of Yuri Grigorovitch with the usual quality of Bolshoi Ballet Far From decrepit staging Urss times...
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As you would expect Bolshoi stars at their best. Unusual not to have the earthquake and destruction at the end, as in the more familiar English version. Concludes in the kingdom of the shades. Two hours of magic.
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