Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dance Theater of Harlem Creole Giselle |
Virginia Johnson, Eddie Shellman, Lowell Smith
Director: Arthur Mitchell
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Now, for the first time on DVD, the Dance Theater of Harlem is presented in Creole Giselle, their acclaimed interpretation of the ballet classic. Making only minor changes in the story, music and traditional choreography ... more »
A Wonderful Find
Rosabellarina | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was so pleased to find this wonderful adaptation of Giselle on DVD. I was first introduced to this version at about 8 years old, and the memory of this production has stayed with me for over 12 years, as well as helped shape my dancing career. The adaptation of the ballet is a masterpiece, and is beautifully danced, especially by Virginia Johnson. This video is a real find, a great addition to any ballet enthusiasts collection, and a excellent way to introduce ballet to kids, especially African American children."
At Last on DVD
J. M WILINSKY | teaneck, NJ United States | 10/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Giselle has been around for a while on VHS and I am very glad to see it now on DVD. It is an excellent performance by all involved and beautifully produced in Denmark. This is one of the few versions where you can actually see the peasant pas de deux in its entirety. The clarity of the DVD lets you see the facial expressions much better and the acting comes through better because of that.
You might read my other reviews of other DTH DVDs to obtain more information about this and other DTH productions.
If you are wondering if "Creole Giselle" is different in any way from the usual "Giselle", the answer is no, it is not. The only noticeable difference might be in the costumes, but it is only slight. I asked Eddie Shellman why Arthur Mitchell wanted to make a Creole Giselle rather than a standard version, and he said that he wanted to do it that way to gain more acceptance of this performance. In any event, you need not worry that this is some radical departure from the usual Giselle. The difference is not noticeable."
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David M. Calvert-Orange | Yorkshire | 08/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many years ago I saw this production on video and was in awe of the grace and sensitivity of the performers.
I love ballet, regarding it as a complete art form from the music and visual side to the absolute evolvement spiritually, mentally and physically to the performance. Ballet is one of the most difficult art forms to execute to its highest standard and here in this performance everything seems to gell together.
There is grace and beauty, sensitive filming and beautiful dancing. The characters are all very believable in their parts and perform superble.
I have many other versions of this ballet including a wonderful performance with Nureyev but this equals itin many ways and to a certain extent surpasses it by adding a slant to its production that makes it unique and very beautiful.
I have no hesitation in recommending this even if it is the first and only version you purchase
Not my favorite Giselle
Douglas Cox | Palo Alto, CA USA | 06/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have, or have had, outstanding DVDs of all the important classical ballets (in my opinion), so I'm pretty jaded. I used to have two DVDs of Giselle, which I gave to my granddaughter. One was with Alessandra Ferri dancing, and was probably the best Giselle available, and the other was very good (four stars). The dancers on this DVD are just good, and definitely not world-class. This would probably be a good DVD to show to a child who's never seen a ballet and wouldn't appreciate what world-class dancers are capable of. I can't remember the choreography on my other two Giselle's, but the choreography on this DVD seems amazingly simplified. And there's no dancing at all to much of the beautiful music that would just cry out to me (if I were a choreographer or dancer) to be danced to. So, for beginners only. I should add that the music is a pleasure to listen to.