Royal Ballet - Dvd - The Nutcracker (DVD)

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    If Christmas is an elusive, childhood state of mind, Peter Wright's 1985 Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker, recorded at Covent Garden, is just the thing to recapture it. The delicately symmetrical choreography of Wright and Lev Ivanov ensures that the stage is constantly filled with the mesmerising enchantment demanded by Tchaikovsky's perennial favourite. The ballet's success will always lie, in part, in its familiarity and its intrinsic status as Christmas entertainment, but the best productions, like Wright's, give equal weight to the dark forces of Hoffmann's original tale, which must be overcome before good and innocence can prevail. Here, the sadness of Drosselmeyer is a potent thread in the ballet, resolved in a moving, well-judged moment as the curtain falls. There is real magic in the dancing, from Julie Rose's charming, constantly involved Clara to the irresistible images of the divertissements. But rightly, the laurels go to Lesley Collier as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Anthony Dowell as the Prince for a pas de deux that seems to hover above the stage without making contact. And, like Wright's production, the splendid sets of Julia Trevelyan Oman--combining traditional Victorian Christmas images, a delicate filigree flower garden and pre-Raphaelite angels--steer the right side of sentimentality.
    Categories
    ClassicalMusic VideoMusic
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    DVD
    Title
    The Nutcracker
    Media
    DVD
    BarCode
    6001212338633
    Country of Origin
    South Africa
    Label
    Gallo Record Company
    Video Format
    Full Screen
    Format
    DVD
    Barcode
    6001212338633
    Genre
    Music Video
    Release Date
    16 February 1998
    Country
    Studio / Live
    Live
    Video Disabled
    0
    Artists
    1. Royal Ballet
    Date Released
    2009-06-01 00:00:00

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