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Medea / Georgiy Aleksidze, Marina Goderdzishvili
Medea / Georgiy Aleksidze Marina Goderdzishvili
Actors: Marina Goderdzishvili, Vladimir Julukhadze
Director: Georgiy Aleksidze
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2008     1hr 6min

Filmed in the Soviet Union and never seen before by western audiences, this extraordinary one-act ballet, Medea, freely interprets the classic drama of Euripides. Through music and dance it reveals the ancient story of a p...  more »

     
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Actors: Marina Goderdzishvili, Vladimir Julukhadze
Director: Georgiy Aleksidze
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Dance, Educational, Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 6min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Competent, but rather irrelevant
Robert Levonian | Porto Alegre, Brazil | 02/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a typical product of Soviet ballet films of the late 60'd and early 70's. The language is wholly conservative, no modern tricks or twists here. What bothers me is that the dramaturgy - the way the story is told - is very conventional. Steps and movements are what we would expect from any traditionally-minded choreographer. Don't take me wrong. I'm not implying that this ballet is junk. It simply isn't a very original piece. But it's quite interesting. Cast and producers are not Russians, but Georgians. The music is commonplace. Sets and costumes are... well, adequate. And the main dancers perform with restrained brio. The ballerina doing Medea seemed rather cold. Stone-faced Jason was not much better. They both lacked deep, convulsive emotions. After all this lady (Medea) kills her two infant children! One just has to compare her "Dance of Vengeance" - during which she plans the double murders - to a similar passage in Martha Graham's "Cave of the Heart" to see the immense gulf that separates Martha's exasperated choreography from the Apollonian aloofness of her Soviet counterpart. Still, it's an interesting piece, if you want to have a balletic version of the drama."