Andrin K.

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (41 of 46)
Location: Germany

classical music, history, ballet

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Adam: Giselle (Bolshoi Ballet Company) [DVD] [2012&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Svetlana Lunkina
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is the Grigorovich version, and it differs from western productions of this ballet in many ways - most obvious is the reduction of pantomime (Berthe's narration is missing) and the fact that the Peasant pas de deux is danced after Giselle's variation.
The stage design is appropriately autumnal, with evocative lighting that reminds you of late afternoon sunshine. I liked how the skirts of the corps women seem to anticipate those of the Wilis in the second act. The courtier's entrance is quite elaborate and maybe also longer than in other versions.
Svetlana Lunkina as Giselle is not as sweet as Alina Cojocaru on the Royal Ballet's DVD, she comes across as more of a teenager and… Read more
Giselle - Dutch National Ballet [DVD] [2009] [2011&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Anna Tsygankova
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Zurich Ballet [Blu-Ray] &hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Paulina Semionova
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drained lake, 3 Aug 2010
I feel a bit guilty about giving this DVD only three stars, especially because the previous reviewer liked it so much. After all, a new production of Swan Lake is always welcome. Most of the choreography for the Zurich Ballet's Swan Lake is by Heinz Spoerli, and his intention to give us a modern version (but with classical ballet's vocabulary) is certainly to be applauded. So why only three stars?
Heinz Spoerli seems to have felt that he has to defend classical ballet in general and Swan Lake in particular against those who believe that the 19th century repertory is dusty and old fashioned (Tutus, tights and tiaras, silly I-you-love-Pantomime etc). So in order to avoid these… Read more