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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pacific Northwest Ball&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Patricia Barker
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Balanchine, 26 Dec 2013
True to the style of an Opus Arte recording, this is not a DVD of a Balanchine ballet, but an assemblage of rapidly changing shots of ballet dancers. The scene changes from a full-stage view to one of the principal ballerina's left ear, then another dancer's upper body, then back to the full stage ... and so on. One never sees the full choreography. Poor Balanchine worked so hard to choreograph the whole stage, and the poor corps de ballet worked so hard to learn their steps, yet the production shows neither. With each new phrase of the music, the scene flits. One never has the impression of watching a fully-integrated Balanchine-choreographed work, but of dancers performing seconds-long… Read more
Minkus: La Bayadere - Bolshoi Ballet [DVD] [2013] <b>DVD</b> ~ Minkus
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
The life of Maecenas by Ralph Schomberg
The life of Maecenas by Ralph Schomberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off, 12 Jun 2013
This is a total rip-off. The original book was scanned using optical character recognition software, but no attempt at all was made to make corrections with reference to the original, with the result that the text is totally incomprehensible, including rows of asterisks and other symbols. Do not waste any money on this product