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Sylvie Guillem: At Work & Portrait [2 DVD]

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Sylvie Guillem joined the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera when she was just fifteen and earned the distinction of Prima Ballerina within a mere four years. At the age of nineteen, she became an étoile in Nureyev's "Swan Lake". This film shows the prima ballerina in her daily round of classes, rehearsals and performances, revealing her dedication to perfection.=PORTRAIT=Sylvie Guillem's breathtaking technique ranks her beside the likes of Nureyev and Baryshnikov. She rarely agrees to interviews. This profile with director Nigel Wattis is both rare and enlightening.

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Run Time: 104 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


Two Brilliant Documentaries on the Life of Sylvie Guillem
Sylvie Guillem: At Work & Portrait, is a collection of two TV documentaries on the dancer, both from when she was relatively young.
In the first, 'Sylvie Guillem: At Work', her years at the Paris Opera Ballet are highlighted, before her controversial departure from the company (I'd recommend watching this one first). It provides an insightful look at the young dancer, of only 22 years old, throughout rehearsals, sculpting-appointments, performances, and the day-to-day stress of a dancer's life. The ballet, 'In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated', is highlighted here, as this work was made on the Paris Opera Ballet in 1987, with her as a lead soloist - shown both in rehearsal and on stage. In this film, there are videos of Guillem dancing Raymonda, Cinderella, Four Last Songs (Rudi van Dantzig), La Luna (Maurice Béjart), and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.
The second film, 'Sylvie Guillem: Portrait', is more of an extended interview with Guillem, intertwined with her dances. She discusses her taste in dance, her favorite choreographers, and her early years in school. This film was made in 1993, where she is only slightly older, 28, after leaving the Paris Opera and joining the Royal Ballet. Much more of her dancing is shown here, including a video of her at 15, Episodes (Maurice Béjart), Swan Lake (guesting with the Kirov Ballet), Sissi (Maurice Béjart), Manon, Wet Woman (Mats Ek), and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, among other videos.
Of course, it goes without saying that Guillem is stunning, and these documentaries are a great depiction of her earlier life. The filming is in good quality, and both booklets provide a large amount of useful information on her life. It's great to see that these TV documentaries about such a stunning ballerina have been released on DVD, allowing her legacy to live on for future generations. I'd recommend this to a fan of dance and the performing arts; it's also an absolute necessity for a lover of ballet.
Submitted on 04/06/12 by danrubin06 
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  • Performer: Sylvie Guillem (Dancer)