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Running Time: 60 minutes
Region Code: ALL
Picture Format: NTSC
Mikhail Baryshnikov performs in three ballets full of human drama, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. In one sense, they all tell the same story -- the vitality, daring, intelligence, and emotional depth that a great dancer possesses, and a brilliant choreographer's vision of that dancer and of dance itself.
THE LITTLE BALLET
The Little Ballet, to music by Alexander Glazounov, offers Baryshnikov, Deidre Carberry, and three other American Ballet Theater dancers in a sweet-tempered, fluid work that makes subtle allusions to the dreamer-hero-elusive-heroine ballets of the 19th century.
In Sinatra Suite,
Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo evoke the less innocent world of Sinatra's moody, bittersweet voice-from the tender "Strangers in the Night" to the tough and contentious "That's Life."
PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
Push Comes To Shove, created by Tharp in 1976 for American Ballet Theater, can be seen as a witty and affectionate tribute to a major ballet company - its casual rehearsal behavior and backstage commotion, as well as its traditional grandeur and polished performing. - Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
Robert La Fosse
Members of American Ballet Theater (ABT)
Choreography by: Twyla Tharp
"By the late-20th century, efforts were made to revitalize ballet by importing choreographers from the worlds of modern dance and even experimental theater. No one managed to blend her own idiosyncratic modern-dance style with ballet tradition better than Twyla Tharp, and the apex of her ballet career came in the 1970's and 80's, when Mikhail Baryshnikov was at Ballet Theater.
'Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra' is mistitled; it should be 'Baryshnikov Dances Tharp.' The DVD includes three Tharp ballets danced by him, and only the middle, 'Sinatra Suite,' offers music by Sinatra himself, with choreography that blends ballroom dancing (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) and ballet with Ms. Tharp's own style. The program opens with 'The Little Ballet,' to music of Glazunov, and ends with the magisterial 'Push Comes to Shove,' to Lamb and Haydn." - NEW YORK TIMES
Works on This Recording
Scènes de ballet, Op. 52 by Alexander Glazunov
Written: 1894; Russia
Strangers in the Night by Bert Kaempfert
That's Life by Dean Kay
Work(s) by Joseph Lamb
Period: 20th Century
Work(s) by Franz Joseph Haydn
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