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Magifique: Tchaikovsky Suites / A Film by Sonia Paramo [DVD]

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a

Notes & Reviews:

Choreographer Thierry Malandain conceived his Magifique from Tchaikovsky's orchestral suites from The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, which together comprise a best-of offering from the three iconic ballets. The result is a true Malandain masterpiece that lays bare the deepest emotion and greatest inspiration imaginable in contemporary ballet. Mandalain explains the title, "I remembered that as a child I defined my wonderments as "Magifique". Magnifique without a "n" because hatred divides (the word for hatred in French sounds like the letter "n"), and that this invented word, a sort of short-circuited language, fits well with the intentions of this creation: to create magic or else recycle life's raw material through expressive and poetic forms."

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 105 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: French, English, German


Interesting concept, but not something I personally enjoyed
Magifique, with music taken from Tchaikovsky's ballets, and choreography by Thierry Malandain, is an emotionally complex ballet executed by fine dancers, but it's not something I would prefer to watch.
It tells the vague story of two boys growing up, set to the innocence and silliness of a children's fairytale. The ballet is very-well filmed, probably the best filmed dance-film I've ever seen.
Personally, I found the use of Tchaikovsky's grand music to be in vulgar taste at times, where the music is outright parodied. I would've much rather watched any of Tchaikovsky's ballets in their original form.
There are some interesting choreographic inventions, though they don't seem to allow the plot to continue. The costumes are minimal, though elegant; a pattern of lines accentuating the upper body.
There is an accompanying documentary, which further explains the vague-ness of the ballet. I'd recommend this to a lover of abstract dance, though not necessarily to a lover of ballet.
Submitted on 04/04/12 by danrubin06 
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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: [Excerpt]
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: [Excerpt]
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a :: [Excerpt]
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876