After a little flurry of new arrivals for the audio visual collections, this week MusiCB3 can show off a few of the newest ballet and modern dance DVDs at the Pendlebury…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Lewis Carroll’s ever-popular story provides the basis for Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular new work, starring Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson. Captivating designs by Bob Crowley, an engaging and passionate score by Joby Talbot, and Wheeldon’s breathtaking choreography combine to produce, in the words of The Times, ‘spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve’” (ROH).
The Car Man
“The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and has one of the most instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory of the opera becomes a greasy garage-diner in the American mid-west of the 1960s. The arrival of a handsome stranger disturbs the dreams and passions of those who live and work there. Fuelled by heat and desire, the townsfolk are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge” (New Adventures).
“Based on Anton Chekhov’s play, The Three Sisters, Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballet is unequivocally a masterpiece, revealing as it does the intricate relationship of the characters trapped in the stultifying atmosphere of a Russian provincial town at the turn of the 20th century. In this studio recording, Darcey Bussell dances the role of Masha, the sister married to a boring, worthy schoolteacher, danced by Anthony Dowell, and drawn into an adulterous affair with Colonel Vershinin, danced with passionate intensity and thrilling virtuosity by Irek Mukhamedov” (ROH).
“Matthew Bourne completes his internationally celebrated trio of Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks with this production of Sleeping Beauty, a Gothic Romance. Bourne begins the heroine’s story in the year of Sleeping Beauty’s first performance – when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the Gothic imagination – and awakens Aurora from her century-long slumber in the mysteries of the modern world” (ROH).