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Strauss: La Chauve-Souris (Die Fledermaus) ballet, Douglas Gamley(musical arr.) / Rhodes / Orchestra & Ballet Teatro alla Scala, Roland Petit, Ferri, Murru, Bonino [DVD]

Album Summary

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus (La Chauve-Souris) ballet, musical arr. Douglas Gamley
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Clever, surprising ideas about movement and staging flow from his imagination, even in a resolutely minor work such as this. Moreover, after hours and hours of Lacotte's dutiful approximations of the past, it's great to see genuinely creative choreography again - new-minted ballet with plenty of precedent but essentially intent on making history rather than becoming a footnote to it." Los Angeles Times

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 93 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Country of Origin: Germany


Quirky, Heartwarming Ballet
La Chauve-souris, a ballet after Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, with choreography by Roland Petit and danced by La Scala, is an unforgettable ballet - a modern gem. Petit's characteristic quirkiness, sexiness, inventiveness, and genius shine through and through in this production. The story is slightly clichéd, but that allows Petit to further the emotional range - we cry, first of laughter, and then of love. It can't be overstated how genius and fitting his choreography is here - set to Strauss' beautiful music, each note is spot on with Petit's choreography, as if the music was made for the ballet, note for note! Alessandra Ferri (as Bella) is a stunning lead in her dual-persona role, possessing the ideal dancer's body with expressive talents; riddled with sultriness. Massimo Murru (as Johann) is also a great, expressive lead, completing the picture of an unloving couple. Luigi Bonino is the tricky and mischievous Ulrich, a hilarious character with the quirkiest facial expressions, as well as a terrific dancer. His jokes and style range from the Chaplinesque to those that only dancers could understand. Of course, the corps de ballet of La Scala looks stunning here. However, there would be no such effect if it weren't for Petit's genius choreography, coupled with Strauss' lively music.
The sets and costumes, designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte (adapted by Jean-Michel Désiré) and Luisa Spinatelli, are all very pretty - especially Ferri's multiple costumes, ranging from housewife to showgirl-esque, as well as Murru's bat-like adornment. The ballet is filmed wonderfully in a good quality, I have no complaints about the angles utilized for film.
I STRONGLY recommend this ballet to everyone: this is an under-known gem. For some reason, Petit's Le jeune homme et la mort, Carmen, and L'Arlesienne have become widely-known ballets, but this hasn't reached international renown. This is a stunning, unforgettable ballet, paired with breathtaking music! Rest in peace, Roland Petit, you are sorely missed, for there has never been and will never be another like you!
Submitted on 08/26/12 by danrubin06 
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>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus (La Chauve-Souris) ballet, musical arr. Douglas Gamley
  • Conductor: Kevin Rhodes
  • Running Time: 93 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live