Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Adam - Giselle / Malakhov Vasileva Kremlin State Theatre Ballet Academy|
Actors: Vladimir Malakhov, Ludmilla Vasileva
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Not high on the Giselle must-haves.....
Warmgoy | 05/25/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I must agree with the reviewer Linn on just about all respects. The performance is not bad, nothing is embarassing, but - particularly given the DVD is offerred at full price - one can do much better elsewhere (try the Scala/Ferri at full price, on a budget go for the Boshoi performance, which I'm not crazy about, but it's much better than this one, and about half the price). The technical presentation is rather poor to begin with. Sound quality is quite boxy, and the orchestral performance is quite mediocre to be honest, some really glaring bloopers from the brass section in the music for the nobles, though there is an interesting lift to certain passages, such as the grapepicker's theme. Camera work is amateurish. There is an overuse of the kind of close up filmed performances are obsessed with, and that are most unfortunante in ballet when we do want to see the dancer's feet, after all. As if in response to this, many shots are done from the opposite extreme, as though the camera were placed in the last row of the balcony, seeming a city block away from the stage (not to mention a problem with someone's head passing by the camera a couple of times.) The performers seem uninspired. Malakhov is by far the highlight, and as pointed out, has not yet aquired the polish that might have lent the performance more grace. Much the same can be said for Vasileva, there is a straightforward charm to her characterization, but a sense of insecurity, and a lack of fluidity in Act II, when Giselle needs it the most. I rather liked the Hilareon, though The Russian practice is utilized of featuring him more prominently in the Act one ensembles than is generally seen, and the dancer does not quite seize the opportunity. Someone also needed to take him aside and redo his eye makeup. The physical production does not fare well on camera, it is a touch drab, and a bit cheap looking. Audience response is tepid throughout, and for some reason.
If you found this in an overstock bin, or if it was going for mid-price, this performance might have more going for it, but with the other options available, this is simply not a competetive version.
Wow, you would think I was really cranky today reading this, and I'm not. I guess I just didn't like this one too much."
Has the air of a student performance
Ivy Lin | NY NY | 04/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kultur's labeling is rather mysterious for this Giselle -- all it says are the names of the lead dancers, and that this was a Russian State Theatre Academy performance at the Kremlin. I suppose the reason they released this dvd was because one of the lead dancers later made it "big time" -- Vladimir Malakhov is the Albrecht. And one can see how talented he is -- his jumps have enormous elevation. He also has terrific extension and flexibility.
However, as a performance of "Giselle" I must say this video is lacking in several respects. First off, the Giselle herself, Lludmila Vasileva, while not bad, is not very memorable either. She is better in Act 1 than Act 2 -- the extremely exposed developpes and arabesques of the Act 2 pdd give her trouble. Her leg wobbles,and she frankly looks out of her element. And Malakhov, for all of his obvious talent, has not yet learned how to dance with a continuous, unbroken sense of movement. His performance is somewhat choppy as a result. The whole video has an air of a student performance -- overearnest, promising, but lacking in polish and emotional depth."