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Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina Assoluta
Alicia Alonso Prima Ballerina Assoluta
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 14min

VAI 4343 Scenes from Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Gisele, Carmen Suite, others with the Ballet National de Cuba and National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba/Cuzān. Bonuses from Bell Telephone Hour & CBC telecasts 1958 ? 1985 perf...  more »


Movie Details

Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Video Artists Int'l
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/13/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1958
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1958
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 14min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Andromeda | Chicago | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My curiosity about Alicia Alonso made me purchase this to study her. As a ballet student, this was a valuable view of her artistry and technical abilities, especially her beats on pointe, which were truly amazing; her feet looked like feathers. Never mind the fact that she was human, because when she danced, she appeared weightless and beautiful, even though she was not a great classic beauty. Also worth watching are the costumes she wore and the way she wore her hair and general demeanor. It was refreshing to see such classicism in an age of spandex unitards. There was no dialog in this DVD, only footage of her dancing, which spoke for itself. Although it may be boring to some who like commentary and so on, the dancing footage of this great artist was truly worth the cost of this video and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained by a great ballerina, not to mention the dance student who would be much enriched by learning from the example of this woman."
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Dionisio Enrique | New York City, N.Y. | 07/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"What disappoints in this dvd is what's not on it. Variations and codas are missing from Don Quijote 1968 and Black Swan pas de deux 1958 with Plisetsky and Youskevitch respectively.Great loss.Romeo and Juliet bedroom scene choreography by Alberto Alonso takes up space, so too does Oedipus Rex. Boring... Jewels, are the 1968 complete black swan with Plisetsky.Definitive...Plus,...Carmen suite,GISELLE(Pas)La Peri (sumptuous)and pot pourrie variations from La Fille Mal Gardee,COPPELIA,and the complete Grand Pas De Quatre as Taglioni from 1960."
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Walter D. Teague | Maryland | 09/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You must watch to understand her gifts. So sad, the US government continues to block most Cuban artists from visiting and sharing their gifts with us."