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Mackerras/ Cranko (The Lady And The Fool/ Pineapple Poll) [DVD]  [NTSC]
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John Cranko (19271973), choreographer at Sadlers Wells ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet, collaborated with Charles Mackerras to create Pineapple Poll, a light hearted comedy. This was closely followed by a further joint effort, which resulted in another comic ballet, The Lady and the Fool. David Blair, a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in the 50s and 60s, plays Captain Belaye in Pineapple Poll a role he also danced at the ballets premiere in 1951. The Lady and the Fool was reworked for Covent Garden in 1955, four years before this studio production, with Beriosova playing La Cappricciosa in the year she became Prima Ballerina at Sadlers Wells. Both these ballets are examples of rare studio performances from the BBCs earliest television archives and are released here for the first time on DVD.
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Well done for retrieving this from the BBC archives - a real piece of ballet history - but I have a suspicion the BBC also broadcast Pineapple Poll in later years, this time in colour, again with David Blair as Belaye - shame that could not also be restored and shown.
As this was filmed in 1959 it is in black and white which is disappointing, but it is such a pleasure to see this lovely ballet again one must make the most of it and enjoy.
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