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Prokofiev: Cinderella [Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Larissa Lezhnina] [Opus Arte: OA1114D] [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Larissa Lezhnina, Megan Zimny Gray, Nadi Yanowsky
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DEROQVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Prokofiev
CINDERELLA


Het Nationale Ballet

Cinderella Anna Tsygankova
Prince Guillaume Matthew Golding
Stepmother Hortensia Larissa Lezhnina
Stepsister Edwina Megan Zimny Gray
Stepsister Clementine Nadia Yanowsky
Benjamin Remi Wörtmeye
Cinderella's father Alexander Zhembrovskyy
Cinderella's mother Erica Horwood

Holland Symfonia
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon
Conductor Ermanno Florio
Director Jeff Tudor

Recorded live at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, December 2012

Christopher Wheeldon's acclaimed new Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet is an imaginative interpretation of a much loved classic. Inspired by the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Wheeldon gives the characters renewed depth and complexity, complementing Prokofiev's celebrated and colourful score. With sets and costumes by the renowned designer Julian Crouch, supported by stunning stage effects, this world premiere production is a truly magical experience, bringing an age-old fairy tale into the 21st century.

Running time: 139 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Product Description

OA 1114; OPUS ARTE - BBC - Inghilterra; Classica balletti

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New View 18 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Christopher Wheeldon's take on 'Cinderella' brings a new focus to Cinderella herself, and illumines the story imaginatively. Taking elements from the Grimm brothers' version of the tale, Wheeldon replaces the Fairy Godmother of Perrault's version with four Fates, danced by four men, who emerge from the tree which grows over Cinderella's mother's grave, watered by her tears. These four spirits accompany her virtually throughout the ballet, and provide some stunning choreographic pictures. The sisters are also re-created in a new way: we lose the pantomime dame approach of Ashton (which is delightful, but not really repeatable) in favour of two young, attractive girls who are also, like Cinderella, caught in a second marriage. The stepmother is still undeniably the bitch of old (apologies to dogs), as is one of the sisters, but the other, younger, sister is actually sympathetic to Cinderella, and tries to show it even when forced to be unkind through her older sister's and mother's bullying tactics. In a new twist (spoiler here!) the young sister also finds a lover in the Prince's friend, and so there are two happy endings.

Anna Tsygankova as Cinderella is a captivating dancer -- strong, delicate, elegant, and coltish by turns -- with a blazing technique combining the tensility of her Russian training and the characterizing suppleness of her later European career. It would be a treat to see her dance Nikiya or Kitri one day. Matthew Golding as the prince (also given a back-story for the first time) is strong and technically excellent, with a fine bravura line in his leaps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clash of the Extremes 25 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I noticed Christopher Wheeldon and became a fan of his brand of choreography and stage settings, props and the elaborate use of tech watching his production of Alice in Wonderland with the Royal Ballet. I bought this production of Cinderella immediately thanks to him, and yes, it was a visual extravaganza of the type that has never been seen before in a ballet like Cinderella. In fact the props and visuals surpass the Alice he did two/three years ago.

But those very elements have to a certain extent watered down the splendid dancing and choreography which one sometimes fails to notice thanks to the distraction of the virtual 3D sets and lighting.

If I were to make comparisons between the Cinderellas I have seen over the ages, there is the 'serious' intimate rather than lavish 1985 fairy tale version from the Bolshoi;
The Fredrick Ashton choreographed version starring Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell a slapsticky comedic thing with men for the ugly sisters;
The minimalist Paris version that disappointed horribly;A Morose Monte Carlo version;
And the last of all, the Royal Birmingham Ballet that was absolutely charming and the truest of all in terms of feeling and dancing like Cinderella in a wholesome way that we as kids read and dreamed about.

This production, with all the expensive gizmos paid for by San Francisco as well as Netherlands ballets has just about everything going for it, more money, far better solo dancers, a great conductor and orchestra, yet, is not just as pleasing as the other Blu ray from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Let me try and explain in a little more detail

1. The Story and Liberetto -
Is a hotch-potch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light, cheerful ballet 30 Dec 2013
By Jenny
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is a film of Christopher Wheeldon's new version of Prokofiev's Cinderella, danced by Dutch National Ballet, one of the top companies in Europe. The editing and filming give the feeling of a very pretty production, with some lovely special effects. There are a number of changes to the usual English pantomime story of Cinderella, which are explained by Chris Wheeldon in an extra feature. These include a fuller back-story for the Prince and a happy ending for the nicer ugly sister. I felt these mostly worked well.
So what's not to like? To me, it wasn't as clear as it should be that Cinderella saves herself by her kindness to one worse off than herself, something I feel is very important in the traditional narrative. I felt that the leading ballerina did not really achieve the character of Cinderella, but seemed too feisty and too mature. I didn't feel that the choreography of the pas de deux between the prince and Cinderella in the ballroom was as good as it needed to be for this key moment in the ballet. IMO, the second act drags a little. I have to agree with another of the reviews: if you can only buy one version, get Bintley's with the BRB, it's tighter in structure and the leading couple are better suited to their roles.
But I'm glad I bought this and I shall be watching it again when want a light, cheerful ballet to entertain me after a stressful day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wheeldon `s "Cinderella" is fantastic ! 1 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Wheeldon`s "Cinderella" is fantastic`s ballet evening, as well as his "Alice`s adventures in wonderland" in ROH.
All those people who created and performed this evening , are worthy 5 stars !
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