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83 min.Звуковой формат:
MonoЯзыки: EnglishСубтитры: No SubtitlesФормат:
4:3, Black & White, ColorЖанры: БалетThe DVD is featured by original recording of the ballet and NOT digitally re-mastered
ERIK BRUHN and RUDOLF NUREYEV were, during the decades of the 50s and 60s, the reigning male stars of the ballet world. Bruhn (1928-1986) started his career with the Royal Danish Ballet, while Nureyev (1938-1993) was an acclaimed star of Russia's Kirov Ballet until his defection from company and country in 1961 while the troupe was on tour in Paris.
Though the dancers enjoyed a close companionship, their performing styles were radically different. Bruhn, brought up in, the Danish Bournonville style of dancing, was the more aristocratic dancer, emphasizing style over virtuosity. Nureyev, on the other hand, exhibited an entirely different style of dancing, extremely virtuosic, somewhat non-conformist and theatrically thrilling. Their styles were not, however, in contravention to their homebred repertoires. The Danish school, fashioned by the choreography of August Bournonville (1805-1879), stressed cleanliness of line and elegance of footwork. The Kirov tradition, with its soaring leaps and spectacular lifts, was of another world entirely.
This is not to say that Bruhn's dancing lacked excitement or that Nureyev lacked elegance or was incapable of classical style. One only has to watch the solos and codas of the "Black Swan " Pas de Deux, performed by both dancers in this collection, to experience great dancing on any level.
In today's world of ballet, virtuosity reigns supreme and the sheer physical ability of the new generation of superstars is truly breathtaking. Yet, ballet-watching has turned into something of an athletic event. Bruhn's spotlessly clean quadruple pirouettes might seem like minor stuff compared to an Angel Corella's dizzying turns, while Nureyev's once awesome leaps are now eclipsed by even higher jumps from his successors. But watching these performances affords other and quite different pleasures. This is dancing, by two great dancers in their prime, unadorned by brinkmanship. Sometimes that is quite enough.