Dancing Encyclopaedia on the Web.
On the excellent Spanish-language site www.danzaballet.com, for which Ballet2000 contributor Isis Wirth also writes, there is an abundant collection of Videos recomendados with many small gems to enjoy, starting with Ulyana Lopatkina and Ivan Kozlov in Trois Gnossiennes by Hans van Manen.
By Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino – Ballet2000
Here that most charismatic of Russian ballerinas displays her interior concentration, her perfect aplomb,her dramatic moments (the ballet is also available on a Digital Classics DVD released in 2008 under the title Hans van Manen Festival: we reviewed it at the time).
This website offers other stars to those who love “fine dancing”: (from Russia) Diana Vishneva, Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Galina Ulanova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, Vladimir Malakhov, Svetlana Zakharova, Polina Semionova; (from France) Elisabeth Platel, Agnès Letestu, José Martínez, Aurélie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche; (from Great Britain) Marianela Núñez, Federico Bonelli and Alina Cojocaru; (from Italy) Alessandra Ferri and Roberto Bolle; (from Spain) Tamara Rojo and Ángel Corella; (Hispano-Americans) Julio Bocca, José Manuel Carreño and Paloma Herrera.
If you prefer modern ballet and contemporary dance, here are Orpheus and Eurydice and Two Cigarettes in the Dark by Pina Bausch and a cameo by the German choreographer’s cult interpreter Dominique Mercy in Nelken. There are many pieces and excerpts related to the history of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and much Béjart, obviously, including his history-making Sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”).
One can watch excerpts by John Neumeier, from Sylvia and a series of technical and expressive virtuosisms by those very special twins, Jirí and Otto Bubenícek. A homage to William Forsythe could not be missing, with divissima Sylvie Guillem at the centre of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Then we find iconic celebrities such as Alicia Alonso in Giselle, Antonio Gades in his Carmen and Zizi Jeanmaire in Roland Petit’s Carmen. And just in case someone has missed them in the theatre or wants to watch them again, here is a short list of gems: Mats Ek’s Smoke, Kylián’s Bella Figura with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! and Swan Lake, Angelin Preljocaj’s
Le Parc and The Rite of Spring, Sasha Waltz’s Dido & Aeneas, Édouard Lock’s Amélia with La La La Human Steps, Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Zero Degrees and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.
All this constitutes a kind of practical concentrated visual encyclopaedia, a “surf” through the history of dance, for fledgling and experienced spectators alike. www.ballet2000.com
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