Notes and Editorial Reviews
This collection of 4 DVDs includes the following:
World's Young Ballet / Baryshnikov, Semenyaka
This fascinating look at world of international ballet competitions features a young Mikhail Baryshnikov competing and winning in Moscow in 1969. The Moscow International Competition of Ballet Artists at the Bolshoi Theater attracts young dancers from around the world to compete for gold and silver medals, much like the Olympics. In this acclaimed film of the 1969 Competition, Baryshnikov performs an excerpt from La Bayadere and a solo from an original ballet by Leonid Jakobson entitled Vestris. Also featured in this historic documentary is a young Ludmila Semenyaka performing
a scene from Act III of Giselle.
Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra and More
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.
Adam: Giselle / Nureyev, Seymour, Bavarian State Opera
Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev stars as Albrecht in a lovely production of the dance perennial. This was one of Nureyev's greatest successes in his native Russia, and he performed the role around the world many times. Giselle - perhaps the quintessential ballet heroine - is danced by the great Canadian prima ballerina Lynn Seymour. Nureyev's production brings this timeless tragedy of love found, lost and redeemed to life. With the Corps de Ballet of the Bavarian State Opera House.
Baryshnikov At Wolf Trap
This 1976 live performance showcases the incredible Mikhail Baryshnikov, at the peak of his talents, shortly after arriving in the west. The DVD features Baryshnikov in solos and pas de deux with a variety of ballerinas, including Gelsey Kirkland, his first great U.S. partner. The program also includes Misha's spectacular leaps and spins in Don Quixote.
Works on This Recording
Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Written: 1841; France
Work(s) by Joseph Lamb
Period: 20th Century
Work(s) by Franz Joseph Haydn
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