Notes and Editorial Reviews
Everything turns into dancing (1978)
Concert film featuring fragments of different ballets
Choreography by Leonid Yakobson
Don Juan (1987)
Music by Richard Strauss
A dazzling collection of gorgeous Russian ballet on film: Everything Turns into Dancing, with its series of brilliant choreographic miniatures, created by the great Leonid Yakobson; and a bonus film of Don Juan, with music by Richard Strauss.
The main program, Everything Turns into Dancing is at once a thrilling dance document and a daring experiment in bringing Yakobson’s choreographic miniatures to the screen. Pieces set to a wide variety of musical styles - Baroque to classical to
modernist, Bach to Rossini to Honegger - become a stunning collage, interspersing footage of St. Petersburg’s streets and traffic as well as a grand ensemble piece to music by Tchaikovsky. A fascinating achievement in both dance and film. Both the story and the music of Don Juan are classics. Kirov stalwart Sergey Berezhnoy brings enormous vigor and grace to the old story of the great seducer whose coming doom is foretold by the ghost of the man he kills. Together, these two beautiful films, mixing the modern and the classic, are a testament to the variety and power of Russian ballet.
Sound: DTS Surround 5.1 + Dolby Surround 5.1 + Dolby Digital
Duration: Approx. 77 min.
Works on This Recording
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Written: 1888-1889; Germany
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