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Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian-born ballet dancer of almost legendary fame, celebrated for his spectacular leaps and sensitive interpretations. After a brilliant school career, Nijinsky became a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 1907, appearing in such classical ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. In 1909 he joined Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and the company’s choreographer Michel Fokine created Le Spectre de la rose, Petrushka, Schéhérazade, and other ballets expressly for him. Nijinsky’s own works as a choreographer include L’Après-midi d’un faune and Le Sacre du printemps. Biography, legacy and suggested additional reading.
To celebrate the centenary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, these are three works commissioned from choreographers Wayne McGregor (Dyad 1909), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Faun) and Russell Maliphant (Afterlight) which aim to reflect the revolutionary spirit of the original performances by Nijinsky and the Russian troupe. Before each performance, short inserts provide some background information while the choreographers discuss the sources of inspiration for each piece. (From the UK) (Masterpiece) (Dance)
Rudolf Nureyev, a ballet dancer whose suspended leaps and fast turns were often compared to Vaslav Nijinsky’s legendary feats. He was a flamboyant performer and a charismatic celebrity who revived the prominence of male ballet roles and significantly widened the audience for ballet. Biography and legacy.
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. An autobiography detailing her life and rise to fame.
Performed by The Kirov Ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky.
In this production of the best loved classical ballet 'Swan Lake' the naturally gifted Yulia Makhalina dances the challenging role of Odette/Odile while the part of Prince Siegfried is danced by Igor Zelensky. This classic Kirov production includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette. (Via YouTube).
Meet the master artist through one of his most important works, Agon. Explores Balanchine's choreographic style and frames an understanding of his work through modern and classical techniques. (Via ArtsEdge).
The Australian Ballet. Caring for tradition, daring to be different. Feast your eyes on the latest video content from The Australian Ballet. Whether you want be inspired by upcoming performances or are interested in interviews with our artists and staff, The Australian Ballet YouTube channel is guaranteed to entertain you.
The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company. The repertoire of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company consists primarily of works by Godani. His goal is the production of a vibrant new choreographic language, one that requires virtuosity in its expression while posing physical challenges to the performers. On this journey, dance’s traditional heritage will converge with contemporary thought, giving rise to a highly unique ensemble. (English version).
Welcome to the Hamburg Ballet on YouTube. Check our videos and get an impression of one of the world's most famous dance-companies. The heart of the company is Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, who has been leading the HAMBURG BALLET since 1973 and has also been its Artistic Director since 1996. Neumeier's ballets form the core of the extensive and varied repertory: they range from his new versions of evening-length story ballets to musicals and to his symphonic ballets, especially those based on Gustav Mahler's compositions.
Houston Ballet has been called "one of America's best ballet companies" by The New York Times. This channel features a video archive of Houston Ballet performances, dancer spotlights, and other Houston Ballet news.
New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world with a roster of 90 extraordinary dancers and an unparalleled active repertory of more than 150 works, nearly all of which were created for the Company, and many of them considered modern masterpieces.
Following the New York City ballet's performance of Jerome Robbins' 1958 'ballet in sneakers', this short documentary charts the progression of the latest production and looks back at how the original performances wowed audiences around the world. (From the US) (Documentary) (Via Enhanced TV - login required.)
The Sleeping Beauty is David McAllisters first full-length work as artistic director of the Australian Ballet, and the response to his interpretation of it has been outstanding. From the choreography and McAllisters attention to detail, to the costumes that have to be seen to be believed, this is one fairytale spell that remains unbroken long after the final curtain has fallen. Principal dancers : Lana Jones, Kevin Jackson This incarnation of The Sleeping Beauty features a set and costumes created by award-winning Gabriela Tylesova, the acclaimed designer who has added romance, colour and beauty to productions including Andrew Lloyd Webbers Love Never Dies.
A wonderful reality TV about a plus size amatuer ballet company and their quest to stage Swan Lake despite their size. Inspiring and entertaining. 3 parts - episode 1 links to subsequent episodes. (Vie YouTube).
September 2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of King Louis XIV of France and this documentary looks at how Louis XIV not only had a personal passion and talent for dance, but supported and promoted key innovations, like the invention of dance notation and the founding of the world's first ballet school, that would lay the foundations for classical ballet to develop.
The first few minutes are missing. However, this is such a significant series it has been uploaded nevertheless. The first episode follows the development of classic dance in Europe, incorporating archival footage of the ballets Russe and Nijinsky and focusing on the ballet schools.
11-year-old Billy secretly joins a ballet class, knowing that his mining father would never approve. While his raw talents quickly take flight, he must fight for his dreams and his destiny. M (L, V) (Movie, 2000) Starring: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells. Director: Stephen Daldry.
Based on the award winning autobiography, comes this AFI Award-winning film about Li Cunxin's journey from a poor Chinese village to international ballet stardom. (Movie, 2009) Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen. Director: Bruce Beresford.
Unique among the arts, ballet has no written texts or standardized notation. It is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. A ballerina dancing today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed. From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. Jennifer Homans, a historian and critic who was also a professional dancer, traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clear prose, drawing readers into the intricacies of the art with vivid descriptions of dances and the artists who made them.
This book explores how dance gives shape to those human needs and how it reflects, and even creates, the maps of meaning and value that structure our lives. Though the volume looks at all the forms of dance, it focuses on three main categories in particular: religious, social, and artistic. Since the American Musical and subsequent Musical Videos have both reflected and influenced our current world, they receive the most space such acclaimed performers as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, such important composers and lyrists as Gershwin, Rodgers-and-Hammerstein, Porter, Berlin, Webber, Bernstein, the Beatles, and the Who, and such choreographers as Graham, Balanchine, Robbins and Fosse are examined in particular detail."
Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina. In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers. A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple and Michaela begins to take dance lessons. But life in the States isn't without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it's haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words 'America's not ready for a black girl ballerina.' And yet. Today, Michaela DePrince is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of nineteen. This is a heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.
Dancing on Water is both a personal coming-of-age story and a sweeping look at ballet life in Russia and the United States during the golden age of dance. Elena Tchernichova takes us from her childhood during the siege of Leningrad to her mother’s alcoholism and suicide, and from her adoption by Kirov ballerina Tatiana Vecheslova, who entered her into the state ballet school, to her career in the American Ballet Theatre. As a student and young dancer with the Kirov, she witnessed the company’s achievements as a citadel of classic ballet, home to legendary names—Shelest, Nureyev, Dudinskaya, Baryshnikov—but also a hotbed of intrigue and ambition run amok. As ballet mistress of American Ballet Theatre from 1978 to 1990, Elena was called “the most important behind-the-scenes force for change in ballet today,” by Vogue magazine. She coached stars and corps de ballet alike, and helped mold the careers of some of the great dancers of the age, including Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory, Natalia Makarova, and Alexander Godunov. Dancing on Water is a tour de force, exploring the highest levels of the world of dance.
The Ballets Russes has engaged people for 100 years, ever since Russian-born Sergei Diaghilev created this dynamic avant-garde company. The costumes featured in this book are drawn entirely from the National Gallery of Australia's world-renowned collection of Ballets Russes costumes and ephemera. Through the costumes, drawings, programs and posters, the visual spectacle of the Ballets Russes is brought back into view for a contemporary audience to appreciate the revolution it was and the ongoing influence it continues to have today.