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Spuck: Poppea Poppea [Gauthier Dance, Dance Company Theatrehaus Stuttgart, Christian Spuck] [Blu-ray] 
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For this production, Christian Spuck was inspired by Claudio Monteverdi's last opera, L'incoronazione di Poppea. The story of the marriage of the Emperor Nero and Poppea Sabina still brings a chill to audiences today, portraying as it does the cruel lust for power and passion at the court of the Roman ruler. In the end, all succumb to the elemental force of a totally amoral idea of 'love', and the boundaries between reality and fiction become blurred. What began as a game becomes deadly serious when the explosive mix of emotions reveals its fateful consequences.
Christian Spuck has created a compelling piece of experimental choreography from this remarkable opera plot, producing a ballet which incorporates film and spoken elements.
Picture Format: 1080i Full HD 16:9 in 3D & 2D
Sound Format: PCM Stereo DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Region Code: 0
Duration: 78 minutes + 5 minutes bonus
Recorded: at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart July 2013 Christian Spuck choreography
Language (Spoken parts): German French
Subtitles: English German French
Booklet notes: English German French
Top customer reviews
The narration is banal, the music selection nonsensical, and the large screen dominating the stage an irritation. The naked woman in a fish tank flouncing a large set of mammaries may appeal to some viewers, but not this one. Ditto with the fish tank scene where a man slashes his wrists. Picture quality appalling, slightly less so in 2D.
There are some truly wonderful contemporary ballet releases, alas Poppea is not one of them. That said, the choreography in Poppea is impressive in many areas, the Gauthier Dance Company supremely talented, Hopefully the next time we see Gauthier Dance on blu-ray, it will be a production more worthy of the Company's talent.
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