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The Beauty and the Beast - music by Haydn, Ligeti, Ravel & Daquin / Takafumi Watanabe, Julie Loria, Kazbek Akhmedyarov. Ballet du Capitole [DVD]

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La Bete et la Belle is renowned French choreographer Kader Belarbi's compelling reimagining of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast - a psychological drama that explores the rejection or acceptance of difference, centring around Beauty's discovery of the depth of true love. First performed by the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in 2005, Théâtre du Capitole's reprise of Belarbi's acclaimed production has confirmed its status as among the best of modern ballets, combining stunning set and costume designs with striking choreography that reflects the unique soundscape of the Ligeti-dominant musical score. Takafumi Watanabe and Julie Loria assume the lead roles in a production that instantly transports us into the beautiful dream world of this timeless masterpiece reinterpreted. WHAT THE PRESS SAID: "... all the markings of one of the classic ballets: It had romance, spectacle and drama, and it was beautiful. La Bête et la Belle (The Beast and the Beauty), created by Kader Belarbi of the Paris Opera Ballet, offered a more overtly psychological view of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale than the famous Jean Cocteau or the more concrete Disney films... The music was gorgeous and striking throughout. In addition to Ligeti's Horn Trio, the Hungarian contemporary composer's Violin Concerto and Cello Concerto were used with powerfully haunting effect. Contrasting Ligeti's austere scores were the warmth of Haydn and D'Aquin, and the colors of Ravel. Arranged by Philippe Hersant, the music was very effective in setting these psychological scenes... The Beast and the Beauty is filled with spectacular dancing by large ensembles set beautifully. Imaginative and colorful sets and costumes by Valérie Berman and effective lighting by Marc Parent completed the visual spectacle... " (Times Argus)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 105 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, PCM Stereo


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