Prokofiev: Cinderella [Blu-ray + DVD]

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Bei weitem nicht so populär wie Romeo und Julia zählt Cinderella (1940-1944) doch zu den besten Ballettpartituren des 20.Jahrhunderts. 2002 schuf Alexei Ratmansky eine Choreographie für das Mariinsky-Theater, die seinen internationalen Ruhm als Choreograph begründete und seither zum Repertoire des renommierten Hauses in St. Petersburg gehört. Ratmansky verleiht dem Werk eine urbane Gewandtheit und moderne Erzählweise, die sich wie eine Frischzellenkur auswirkte, die noch 2013 beim Filmen dieser Produktion Wirkung zeigte. Valery Gergiev erweist sich als kongenialer Ausleuchter der grandiosen Partitur.

Commissioned by the Mariinsky in 2002, ‚Cinderella‘ was the production that launched choreographer Alexei Ratmansky onto the world stage. Filmed in 2013 and now released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, the production stars one of the foremost prima ballerinas in the world today, Diana Vishneva. Recently described by The Telegraph as being ‚as close to physical and technical perfection as it is possible to be‘, Vishneva delivers a dazzling performance, and is conducted by leading Prokofiev interpreter, Valery Gergiev. Ratmansky is the world s most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions. He breathes new life into Prokofiev s ballet, weaving together an array of different styles and echoing the complexities of the composer s score. The set, beautifully designed by Ilya Utkin and Yeveny Monakhov, transports us to the 20th century and this is reflected in the choreography s contemporary edge, which goes from lively court dances to a stunning pas de deux between Cinderella and her prince. What results is a fresh and modern account of the classic fairytale, with stunning performances from both the Mariinsky dancers and Mariinsky Orchestra. This Autumn the Mariinsky Ballet will tour the USA, performing this production of Prokofiev’s ‚Cinderella‘. Performance Reviews: ‚When ballet is played and performed like this, it is the most natural and expressive art form there is. Clever Ratmansky. Wonderful Mariinsky.‘ The Telegraph, ***** ‚Gergiev teases out every tonal and chromatic subtlety; the result is complex and bittersweet, with a lovely sad shimmer to the strings… On stage, the evening is Vishneva s… she and her dancing are quite heart-stoppingly beautiful.‘ The Guardian ‚Vishneva as Cinderella has an endearing ability to share her happiness with the audience and casts a warm glow over the entire production.‘ DanceTabs ‚This is Diana Vishneva s show. Ratmansky s choreography allows her to narrate with both her arms and expressive eyes. There is an easy fluidity to her movement which enchants a mere brush of her cheek reveals a tender vulnerability…Ratmansky s take on Cinderella is both refreshing and sophisticated.‘ Bachtrack

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