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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Teatro Degli Arcimboldi 2004) [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Teatro Alla Scala, Vladimir Burmeister, Lev Ivanov
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7EME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Swan Lake is the most successful of all ballets, in fact it has become the very epitome of classical dance. Together with The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, it makes up the great trio of classical ballets set to Tchaikovsky's music. Arthaus presents a DVD of the 2004 Teatro alla Scala production of Swan Lake. Two classical ballet world stars take the lead roles: The young prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova the most sought-after representative of the Russian style - as Odette ; Odile and Roberto Bolle, the La Scala star dancer and most important ambassador of today's Italian Ballet. Directed by Florence Clerc from Paris and Frédéric Olivieri, Artistic Director with the La Scala Ballet, the Milan staging combines the best of both worlds in ballet: It brings the Russian classical school together with the history of choreographic adaptation in the West. The version presented on this DVD is based on the choreography of Swan Lake which in itself has become a classic: The Burmeister version of the 1953 production at the Moscow Academic Music Theater, which first came to the West as Lac des cygnes at the Opéra in Paris in the 50's, and has since been adapted numerous times.

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A disaster at its 1877 premiere, the fantastical Swan Lake was revived in 1895 and has since established itself as the most popular ballet ever. Daniel Barenboim, conductor of this sumptuous performance at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden (of which he is Artistic Director and General Musical Director) says "Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is a masterpiece that transcends its time!". The production uses choreography adapted and subtly modernised by Patrice Bart from the 1895 staging, which combined with elegant costume and set design results in a very traditional and thoroughly engaging evening's entertainment. Barenboim ensures that Tchaikovsky's score is a romantic delight, the ensemble dancing is highly polished, Oliver Matz passionately intense as Prince Siegfried, Steffi Scherzer making an enchanting fairytale heroine.

On the DVD: The generally excellent anamorphically enhanced picture is almost completely free of grain, a slight soft focus in mid and long shots probably more attributable to the live production being shot on video rather than any fault in the transfer. Mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound mix is sensibly tied to the screen, the rear channels used to enhance live ambience, subtly establishing an effective sense of "being there". The only "special feature" is a plot synopsis, however, the superior booklet also provides a synopsis, notes on Tchaikovsky and the writing of the ballet, the performance and the performers. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I will admit from the start that I am a ballet enthusiast rather than any kind of expert, but this is quite simply one of the most brilliant productions in any medium I have seen. The chemistry between the two principals has to be seen to be believed and I do not agree that either of them lack expression or acting ability, to me it's spot on. Svetlana is in turn a tragic, vulnerable Odette desperately in love with Siegfried and then a gloriously evil Odile taunting him, while Roberto is perfect in the role of misguided hero. He too brings a real vulnerability to the character of Siegfried, something I've not seen before.

When Svetlana/Odette comes on in the second act it is just one of those jaw to the floor moments, she is exquisite, just seems to be from a different galaxy to any other dancer. Her technique and sheer presence has to be seen to be believed.

In addition I can't see why anyone would object to the close ups, they are relatively few and it is fascinating to see the dancers' expressions. And of course both Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle are outrageously beautiful.

Set in Seigfried's mother's palace, Act three has some extraordinary folk dances in it, all orchestrated by a glowering von Rothbart. Siegfried's bewilderment as he weaves among the dancers desperately looking for Odette is wonderful to watch, as is the Queen's bemused disapproval at all these weirdos who have rocked up and launched a massive party in her palace! At this point the energy is amazing, dancers and audience alike are having the time of their lives and for a few moments it's more like a festival than a classical ballet.
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The claim that Svetlana Zakharova is the best swan dancer in the world could well be true. While the La Scala corps lacks the precision of the Paris Opera Ballet they are still very good. Roberto Bolle is excellent as a dancer but falls short on dramaturgy. But it is the sheer paralysing brilliance of Svetlana Zakharova that makes this an absolute must for anyone who has even the slightest interest in ballet.
She does not have the same emotional input as some other ballerinas but that could just be an interpretation. Somewhere along the line she seems to have decided that the brilliance of her technique and artistry are not to be overshadowed by character portrayal.
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All reviews you read here don`t describe this new Swan Lake presentation of the Norwegian National Ballet !
All of them are reviews of the Swan Lake presentation of the Ballet of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 1998 with Seffi Scherzer, Oliver Matz and conductor Daniel Barenboim!
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I think people should bear in mind that Russian dancers use their entire bodies to emote, rather than relying solely on facial expressions (which may be lost on audience members not close enough to see). This means sometimes people misconstrue the acting as being non-existent. This isn't the case: Svetlana Zakharova's dancing here is superb technically, and she really makes you 'believe' the story. It's beautiful. Her fragile white swan is juxtaposed brilliantly by her sensual, evil black swan. So yes, Svetlana is indeed the Swan Queen, but there are other areas that let this DVD down slightly.

I'm not a massive Roberto Bolle fan if I'm honest. His dancing is good, and he is gorgeous. However, sometimes I find him rather lacking in certain emotions, namely hysteria, grief E.T.C. This is more obvious in 'Giselle', also available on DVD (with Zakharova again), but it is sometimes noticeable on here. However, he is still perfectly agreeable to watch.

I much prefer the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Swan Lake's, mainly because of their use of Rothbart. Instead of a character role, he dances amongst the Swans and the Prince in Act 2 and 4, and I honestly feel this adds a lot to the story. It helps us to realise and understand his part in all of this, as well as his power over the Swans (and indeed the Prince in several Bolshoi versions).

The camera work is fine. It's not as great a quality as I was expecting to be honest. There are some less than perfect shots that are out of focus, but besides that it's fine.

The ending was somewhat different that the ones I am used to. It's a lot more happier, and I find it absolutely beautiful (even if I do prefer the somewhat tragic endings of others, this is a nice change).
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This ballet will not appeal to purists, nor, given the logistics of staging Act 2, is it likely to become standard ballet repertoire. However, for those who like to see ballet taking new directions Ekman's A Swan Lake is like a breath of fresh air - exciting, innovative and at times laugh-out-loud funny (the scene where the soprano accidentally drops her hair dryer into the lake and electrocutes the swans/ducks/geese or whatever they are supposed to be is unbelievably hilarious). Producing this new work by the Norwegian National Ballet Company must have presented enormous difficulties, in partticular flooding the entire stage for the second act, but the company has responded superbly. Its amazing.
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