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Delibes: Sylvia / Connelly/Paris National Opera Ballet [DVD]

Album Summary

>Delibes, Léo : Sylvia
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The longstanding and enormously successful director of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier, created his famous adaptation of Sylvia at the invitation of the Paris Ballet. Arthaus presents a recording of this choreography from the Opéra de Paris with a line-up of soloist that includes some of the world's best dancers, indeed stars on the international dance scene. Sylvia has a long history connected to the Opéra de Paris and has transcended the metamorp hoses of dance throughout the twentieth century to be revived again and again right up to John Neumeier's refreshingly contemporary version. As a choreographer infused as much with the culture of the repertoire as with a spirit of creativity, he seemed preordained to offer a new version of this "classic". Supported by the cautiously simple but very effective stage and costume design by the Greek painter Yannis Kokkos, emphasising the dancing rather than dominating it, John Neumeier has created a ballet that is as timeless as the mythological fable it portrays and at the same time very close to audiences today.

"Chiller than Frederick Ashton's classic, this is a visually exhilarating essay in Paris Opera Ballet style." -BBC Music****

The result is something absolutely fascinating. Neumeier's characters constantly alternate modern and classic dance, but it keeps you watching because you never know what's going to come next, and the continuous flow of the dance in every aspect, from the soloists to the corps, is integrated in a way that is never static. Indeed, even when the characters scarcely move on stage, there is always some movement going that keeps the flow. It also helps that each soloist is a virtuoso - José Martinez, in fact, asked to be included in this film to re-create Endymion, which he performed in the debut of this version. Nicolas Le Riche, as Amor/Orion, has elevation almost as good as Baryshnikov in his prime, which is saying something. In fact, all the soloists are so good that they could have switched roles with no loss of quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 136 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891) : Sylvia
  • Performers: Aurelie Dupont (Dancer); Marie-Agnes Gillot (Dancer); Nicolas Le Riche (Dancer); Manuel Lengris (Dancer); Jose Martinez (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Ballet
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1876