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Chopin / Adam: Les Sylphides/ Giselle [DVD] [NTSC] 
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These two valuable studio performances comprise rare archive material featuring internationally renowned dancers released for the first time on DVD. Les Sylphides, introduced by one of the founders of modern British ballet, Tamara Karsavina, is one of the earliest examples of a complete filmed ballet in the BBC archives. The production boasts a stellar cast, including Alicia Markova, Prima Ballerina Assoluta and Founder and President of English National Ballet. Markova, invited by Diaghilev to join his Ballet Russes at just fourteen, was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company. Svetlana Beriosova became a prima ballerina at Sadlers Wells in 1955, and Violetta Elvin, one of the Bolshois most promising talents was often seen as Fonteyns closest rival. Giselle, one of the most popular ballets from the Romantic era, features Nadia Nerina in the title role. Renowned as the best technician at Covent Garden in the 1950s and 1960s, Nerina was famous for her acrobatic lifts. New York Times critic on Nerina: She is as pretty as a picture, has great charm and can dance like a million dollars.....we shall all be fighting to drink champagne out of her slippers!
Here is a Giselle to treasure. This Les Sylphides is essential viewing. --Clement Crisp, Financial Times, 25 June, 2011
Several ballet legends make rare appearances on film in a DVD of outstanding recordings of Giselle & Les Syphides from the BBC archives. --Rupert Christiansen, The Mail on Sunday, 17 July, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
The disappoinment on this DVD was the second act of Giselle that had lost for me some of its emotion by cutting out important dance sequences due to trying to fit the ballet into a television time-slot. The very good and brilliantly executed dancing of Nadia Nerina could not compensate for this and for. this reason I regrettably took off a star from this rating. However, I found the ending very moving with Nikolai Fedeyechev being able to show deep regret for his earlier actions in the ballet.
You also have the added attraction of the LES SYLPHIDE being introduced by Tamara Karsavina, who created the piece for Michel Fokine (dancing with Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky, no less)., with a wonderful cast. The GISELLE is another archival document, with a wonderful cast.
If you are interesting in ballet you should have this in your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for those who like ballets. I think all of the 50-60's styles were the same. Good for collectionsPublished on 3 Sept. 2014 by sea guy
*** THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE BALLETCO WEBSITE AND IS WRITTEN BY JANE SIMPSON ***
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