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Dancing is a distance sport
on 14 January 2011
I've always loved the music for 'The Rite of Spring' and, having seen only tantalising glimpses of the choreography & costumes for the original production, I was so thrilled to discover this recreation on DVD. Music still splendid, costumes and sets superb. No doubt the dancing was excellent too - difficult to tell, since the director seems to think close-ups of the artistes and weird views from the ceiling are what viewers want to see. One of the interesting aspects of dance is the overall effect , the patterns woven by all the dancers on stage. Here we were treated to so many close-ups, strange shots from all over the place; it was difficult to keep track of the action at times. I became increasingly exasperated - occasionally, we were allowed the view the audience was seeing of the whole stage but just as it was becoming interesting, it was back to one person's face. The Rite introduced completely new body movements into ballet and I wanted to see them but half the time I couldn't.
I have to say nearly every ballet DVD/video I've viewed suffers from this same problem. Is anyone out there listening ? - we need the whole stage on view please and no closeups of faces.