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Le Parc: Ballet De L'opera De Paris [DVD] [2012]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Belair
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015U42FI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BELA 209; BEL AIR; Classica balletti

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Isabelle Guerin dances magically in this well thought out ballet. It needs several viewings to fully appreciate the skill used to construct it. it is very sensuous especially in the third act when the lovers progress though the stages of Love, Passion and Abandon all to the carefully selected music of Mozart. A Principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet, London would welcome the opportunity to dance the pricipal role in this ballet.
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As the story unfolds, beautifully choreographed to the music, you are transported to the dream world of Le Parc. Paris Opera Ballet's finest etoiles convince you of their affair set against a dramatic back drop which never detracts from what's happening on stage. It is Sublime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f557a5c) out of 5 stars Quite magical 9 July 2013
By Helena - Published on
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I am firmly in the "for" camp. I suggest that the viewer who saw a bunch of ballerinas in flowery dresses falling over in a swoon one after another for no apparent reason may be missing the point - perhaps there is something being said here, tongue-in-cheek, about how the age in which this dance is set interprets feminity (delicate and pretty but frivolous - and prone to swooning)? Perhaps, in a more prosaic reading, 5 minutes before you see the 4 "gardeners" doing something to rouse female desire and they have planted something in the air which these elaborately corseted girls inhaled and the swoon is to symbolise how they have been affected by it - after all, barely 10 minutes later you see them coming back in their underwear positively flaunting their sexuality amongst the very interested but very confused young men ... Actually that seduction scene is so lovingly designed and so well-played, it blows my mind away.

As for the earlier "muscial chairs" which looked so absurd to the other viewer, well, I LOVED it. I suggest that the creators of the dance did not decide to put in an irrelevant game of musical chairs on stage, but wanted to say about sexual politics. Remember the setting - I happen to have read Princesse de Cleves, one of the underlying texts of this play, as well as Les Liaisons Dangereuses - which is the royal court in the French ancien regime. When I saw the dancers running around like mad, pushing each other off their chairs, taking other people's places and refusing to budge once they're there, I couldn't stop laughing aloud at this delightful (and quite artistic) representation of how people behaved in a social structure like that.

Remember to look also at the amazing stage sets - I couldn't believe my eyes how they managed to evoke the setting just by putting a couple of steel frames on stage that look (vaguely) like the silhouttes created by Andre de Notre at the gardens of Versaille. Put the "gardeners" with their funny goggles there and it's a perfectly post-modernist industrial landscape. 2 minutes later put in your man with a 3-cornered hat et voila, it's 18th century France. I don't know why it works, but it does!

And I agree with the other viewers, the central love affair is so heartfelt and nuanced, and played with such restraint, flair and brilliance (it's so hard to believe Larent Hilaire and the divine Isabelle Guerin weren't in love with each other!!) it just takes my breath away. For once, they did justice to Mozart's music.

I have watched this 10 times and would advise you to try it out if you like dance as an art form and are quite open-minded. It may not be the thing for you though, if to you classical dance should always look like Swan Lake and Giselle and nothing else - though I would add there's absolutely nothing wrong with either of those pieces. I hope you enjoy this lovely piece as much as I do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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An extremely beautiful experience. It is a treasure I
will always keep. Expensive, but well worth the expense.
If you love Mozart and appreciate dance, you will find the
combination wonderful. Also, perhaps unexpected but pleasant
parts in it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e497e04) out of 5 stars Best love story I saw recently 10 May 2013
By Ekaterina - Published on
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Marvelous! Masterpiece of modern balley and classical music. I loved the story and how both dancers have told it. Mozart made my small nephew to listen to, watch and dance as the dancers he saw.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e94bb64) out of 5 stars LE PARC: A French Revolution: True Love Rebels against False Pleasure-seeking and Triumphs 21 Jan. 2015
By Daniel B. - Published on
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I freely admit the choreography of Angelin Preljocaj is an acquired taste. However, once you become familiar with several of his dances and watch them repeatedly (that is, study them like any other work of art) you begin to recognize his vocabulary of gesture, movement, even poise and being still. His vocabulary is totally unique, but the word vocabulary refers to a system, self-referential and evolving, but ultimately both understandable and sensible. I have three of his works. SIDDARTHA was my first, and overall I consider it the finest of his dances. EL DORADA is very special, a collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Their hour long conversation in French with subtitles is a fascinating meeting of minds and temperaments. That dance was a tribal ritual dance of fertility and ecstasy with the human dancers impersonating their gods and goddesses. LE PARC is the polar opposite: It is courtly, sophisticated, aristocratic, and cold as ice, until the heat of genuine passion possesses two surprised people who have only known the pursuit of pleasure never the reality of L-O-V-E. Yes, love conquers lust. First the man is imbued with it. In their second dance he tries to woo her, but she is confused by her new feelings and rebuffs him. In their third dance she surrenders, and it is an ecstatic closing scene. The two principal dancers are so wonderful, and not just in their dancing ability, which is on breath-taking display but also their acting ability, namely, facial expressions, gestures, their deep rapport with each other as performers, their ATTENTION to each other and immediacy of response. I don't know anyone could really watch and not be deeply moved. It expresses the highest morality of regard for another's personhood. Did I mention the theme is T-R-U-E L-O-V-E? And Mozart wrote the music which was judiciously selected from his vast output. This is not a cynical exercise like COSI FAN TUTTE, however beautiful the operatic music is. This is a truly romantic story, utterly persuasive and brilliantly performed.:
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e6b58c4) out of 5 stars Romance in the Park, Tres Beau! Magnifique! 29 Aug. 2011
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This is Dance as it ought always to be: beautiful, witty, creative, well performed, and best of all Fun for the audience and for the artistes! The choreography, clever, seductive, uniquely traces the various stages of sexuality, physical attraction and Love, and does it with humor, and a splendid eye to costuming and color, and all set to the ethereal music of Mozart and "new" mechanical music (tres interesante). With all its novelty and brashness, the Work is quite tender. I fell in love with the lovers inn Le Parc. I believe most viewers might too. Buy it! Then watch it with someone you love. Both of you will again fall in love in Le Parc. Five Stars and worth it! King Arthur, Arthur Stanley Katz 28 August 2011
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