Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Nina Ananiashvili and the International All-Stars of Dance Vol 2|
Actors: Nina Ananiashvili, Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
A Joyous Celebration of Ballet
Hawkeye | Tulsa, Oklahoma | 11/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The opening "Pas de Quartre" is 17 minutes of heavenly dancing by Nina Ananiashivili, Rose Gad, Tatyana Terekova, and Darci Kistler. The charming music of Cesare Pugni is the perfect complement to this celebration of femininity. Ananiashvili is especially captivating and the muse of ballet shows even in her eyes. "Satanella" (music also by Pugni) follows with the nicely-paired Inna Dorofeeva and Vadim Pisarev. She is innocently girlish; he is playfully impish, and they both dance flawlessly. "Sunny" is a solo piece with Andris Liepa and is one of the few non-classical selections. Elisabeth Platel and Nicolas Le Riche from the Paris Opera Ballet perform Auber's "Grand pas Classique." He gets a face full of tutu as he lets Platel down from a lift, but their dancing (especially hers) is inspirational. Aleksei Fadeechev makes his first appearance with Ananiashvili in "Raymonda." They are often partnered (as in "Swan Lake" and "Don Quixote") and work well together. He is as strong as an ox and takes good care of my sweetheart on the lifts. Zhanna Ayupova and Igor Zelensky perform variations from the Kingdom of the Shades act of "Bayadere." Both offered strong, well-received performances. Tatyana Terekova returns in a performance of "The Talisman" with Yury Posokhov. Their attire was questionable, but their dancing was not. Rose Gad is "Giselle" and saves Alexander Kolpin from the Wilis with her irresistible steps. Finally, the entire ensemble participated in the Grand Pas from "Don Quixote." The orchestra could hardly keep up with Ananiashvili's fouettes and I half expected her to elevate. The impish Pisarev was at the center of a ballet joke to close out the festivities. Dancers and audience were equally exhilarated, and a good time was had by all."
A common man's point of view.
Richard Rawls | Dublin Ga USA | 11/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nina Ananiashvili & International Stars, Vol. 1&2 have been available for several years, and to date only four people have taken the time to review them. That seems strange in view of the fact that they are so wonderful, and represent some of the most talented dancers in ballet. I wanted to view them several times before commenting on them, so here we go on Vol, 2 which in my own opinion is better than Vol. 1., though it is 17 minutes shorter at 124 minutes. Again, filmed live in 1993 at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Japan, sound (stereo), color and lighting are very good. Video format is 4:3 full screen w/good resolution.
As in Vol.1,.....Nina Ananiashvili and the International All-Stars of Dance, Vol. 1.....Vol.2 opens with a complete mini ballet called Pas de Quatre, (which "annoys the crap" out of Ivy Lin), but to me is quite beautiful w/music by Cesare Pugni. There are four more mini ballets (I don't know this for sure), Satanella, Sonny, Grand pas Classique, and The Talisman. Then there were exerpts from Raymonda, La Bayadere (spelled La Bayaderka here), Giselle, and Don Quixote. The closing for Don Quixote was the grandest spectacle of stars I have ever seen on stage at one time. Six Basils and six Kitris all performing the final coda together, with two more men coming on stage to give Nina Ananiashvili her final triumphant lift. What a closing! Then guess what? My DVD (disc) went haywire and I couldn't see the final credits which were almost as spectacular as the final coda. The Japanese certainly know how to show their appreciation for a good performance. I like to be a good audience and sit through all the curtain calls, sometimes clapping sometimes crying and clapping. I'm glad they end with Don Quixote and not the (sniff, sniff) Dying Swan.
Speaking of closings, you may or may not know that Nina Ananiashvili has retired. At least from the American Ballet Theatre stage. Whether or not she has retired from the stage for good I do not know. If you want to see how the American public adored her, go to YouTube and type in Nina Ananiashvili, retirement and you will find two amateur videos showing her final curtain calls from Swan Lake. Just fabulous.
I had to sack groceries for 6 1/2 hours to get enough money to buy both these DVDs but they are worth every penny, believe me......Richard."