Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes - The Firebird / Le Sacre du Printemps [DVD9] (2009)
Ballet, Classical | DVD Video | DVD-9 | ~6.78 Gb | 123 min | Filesonic
(AC-3, 192 Kbps, 2 ch), (AC-3, 448 Kbps, 6 ch), (PCM, 1 536 Kbps, 2 ch)
MPEG2, NTSC 16:9 (720x480) 7800.0 kbps, 29.970 fps
Two minutes of The Firebird the curtain rises and we re dazzled by fairytale splendour. Reconstructions of the original 1910 designs of Alexander Golovin, Leon Bakst and Michel Fokine fill the screen with layered castles and foliage. Flying and leaping in Fokine s reconstructed choreography comes the firebird herself (Ekaterina Kondaurova), sparking into life Fokine s simple scenario of good trouncing evil. Watching and listening bring no disjunctions. Music and design blend like hand and glove, and Gergiev s orchestra brings its own fusillade of colours. The Ballets Russes version of Le Sacre du Printemps is staged in Millicent Hodson s more speculative reconstruction, usefully explored in a bonus interview. Here, ballet s cauldron bubbles very strangely.