Ballet & Dance (George Balanchine) Movies on DVD
Engrossing documentary examines the life and work of renowned choreographer George Balanchine. Rare video clips, interviews, and photographs chronicling Balanchine's early work with the Maryinsky Theater, his days in Hollywood and on Broadway, and his creation of the New York City Ballet demonstrate the path he took to earning his reputation as the "father of American ballet." 156 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
First, Mikhail Baryshnikov stars with Karin von Aroldingen in a masterful adaptation of Prokofiev's "Prodigal Son," conceived by Balanchine in the 1920s and co-produced by Emile Ardolino ("Dirty Dancing"); New York City Ballet's Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins are featured in Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Chaconne"; and an Emmy-winning "Dance in America" program features the members of the New York City Ballet, including Baryshnikov, Patricia McBride, Karin Von Aroldingen and Merrill Ashley, performing four memorable works by Balanchine. 108 min. total. Standard;
Six famous ballerinas and Balanchine prodigies, including Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, and Allegra Kent, are interviewed and perform in excerpts from some of the master's most acclaimed works, including "Agon," "Stars and Stripes," and "The Four Temperaments." Long live the master of ballet! 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Choreographer George Balanchine's expressive and abstract ballet receives a lustrous production by the Ballet of the Opera National de Paris. The three-part piece celebrates women and the cities where the finest ballet schools train future stars. Aurelie Dupont, Marie-Agnes Gillot and Agnes Letestu star. 152 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, PCM stereo; Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; featurette.
In 2003, coincident with the 300th anniversary of the city where Nureyev, Nijinsky, Baryshnikov, and New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine made their debuts, ballet master in chief Peter Martins led the company back to St. Petersburg for a gala series of new productions. This documentary chronicles their celebratory journey with stunning performance and behind-the-scenes footage. Narrated by Kevin Kline. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French, German; bonus footage; interviews.