Notes & Reviews:
Paris Opera Ballet Master and choreographer Patrice Bart and composer Denis Levailant plunge into Opera's past to bring Degas' famous statuette to life. In the research that followed, Bart began to wonder about the identity of the model. The investigation revealed that La Petite Danseuse (age 14) was Marie Van Goethem, daughter of Belgian parents who settled with their three daughters in a poor district of Paris. After the death of the father, the mother survived by enrolling the daughters at the Paris Opera Ballet School and by sending them to pose for artists in their studios. This story was nothing less than the starting point for a wider exploration to which Degas' work remains the perfect testimony.
Any teens turned off by the apparent geekiness of classical music will have to rethink their position after listening to Ingwe. In this hour-long electric guitar solo by Australian composer Georges Lentz, shrieking amplified sound clashes with the vast emptiness of the Australian desert. It's like Jimi Hendrix out in the wilderness playing to the stars. And Zane gives Jimi a run for his money.
Denis Levaillant's interesting mix of tonal and atonal music - sometimes gleaming, diamond-hard and often favouring batteries of percussion, particularly xylophone and tubular bells - spans many styles from the baroque to modernism and jazy figures via Late Romanticism and Impressionism.
An inspired and visually ravishing creation. This ballet deserves to go from success to success.
Run Time: 132 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
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Works DetailsLevaillant, Denis : Work(s)
- Performers: Mathieu Ganio (Dancer); Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer); Jose Martinez (Dancer); Clairemarie Osta (Dancer)
- Conductor: Koen Kessels
- Ensemble: Paris National Opera Orchestra