Notes & Reviews:
Peter & the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as 'an utterly delightful ballet & perfect showcase for the younger students,' by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again - & recorded for this DVD - in 2010. "...Matthew Hart's Peter & the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children's ballets around." The Telegraph
This enchanting DVD captures 2011's Christmas performance from the students of the Royal Ballet Lower School. The choreography is simple without being simplistic and Hart tells the story very well. The principals are all extraordinarily proficient for their age, particularly the three girls playing the bird, duck and cat, who have the flexible movement of their creatures down to a T. Kilian Smith's Peter is brave and likeable, while Polunin's wolf embodies the sinister characteristics of a pantomime villain with that extra bit of danger. Will Kemp doubles as on-stage narrator and as Grandfather. The bright primary colours of both set and costumes work very well, and the only piece of staging is a bulky frame which is used for the tree, covered in graffiti about the story. The orchestra plays very well and the 5.1 surround sound brings the story to life. If you know some children who enjoy dancing, or if you want to get some children interested in dance for the first time, then this is especially for you.
Run Time: 30 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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Works DetailsProkofiev, Sergei : Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
- Performers: Charlotte Edmonds (Dancer); Will Kemp (Dancer); Sergei Polunin (Dancer); Kilian Smith (Dancer)
- Conductor: Paul Murphy
- Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1936