Movie Guides: Ballets

Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

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Full Ballets

DVD Anna Karenina --- MEDIA GV1790.A56 A56 2008
The wife of a high-ranking member of 19th century Russian society is ostracized when she forsakes all for a passionate affair with a dashing military man.
Participants: Maya Plisetskaya (choreographer); Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Godunov, Vladimir Tikhonov, Yuri Vladimirov, supporting dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet (dancers); Bolshoi Theater Orchestra; Yuri Simonov (conductor)

DVD La Bayadere --- MEDIA GV1790.B39 B39 2013
Exotic and mysterious India serves as the backdrop to this story of doomed love between the warrior Solor and the bayadere, Nikiya, who is killed by her jealous rival, Gamzatti. Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet.
Participants: Marius Petipa (choreographer); Svetlana Zakharova, Vladislav Lantratov, Maria Alexandrova (dancers); Bolshoi Theater Orchestra; Pavel Sorokin (conductor)

DVD Beloved Renegade: Opus 129 [on Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris] --- MEDIA M1524 .P38 2013
Set to Poulenc's Gloria and inspired by the life and work of Walt Whitman. Recorded in performance Festival les Étés de la Danse 2012, Théâtre National de Cahillot.
Participants: Paul Taylor (choreographer); Michael Trusnovec, Amy Young, Robert Kleinendorst, James Samson, Laura Halzack, Michelle Fleet, Parisa Khobdeh, Sean Mahoney, Jeffrey Smith, Eran Bugge, Francisco Graciano, Jamie Rae Walker, Michael Apuzzo, Aileen Roehl, Heather McGinley (dancers)

DVD Brandenburgs: Opus 88 [on Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris] --- MEDIA M1524 .P38 2013
Set to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Recorded in performance Festival les Étés de la Danse 2012, Théâtre National de Cahillot.
Participants: Paul Taylor (choreographer); Michael Trusnovec, Amy Young, Parisa Khobdeh, Eran Bugge, Robert Kleinendorst, James Samson, Sean Mahoney, Michael Apuzzo, Michael Novak (dancers)

DVD Carmen --- MEDIA GV1790 .C376 2011
The tragic tale of a Spanish officer who throws his life away for the love of a gypsy temptress. Performed at the Teatro Real de Madrid.
Participants: Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura (choreographers); Vanesa Vento, Ángel Gil, Joaquín Mulero, Jairo Rodríguez (dancers)

DVD Cinderella --- MEDIA GV1790.C55 C563 2000
Cinderella is poorly treated by her stepsisters and stepmother and dreams of escaping her life.
Participants: Frederick Ashton (choreographer); Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann, Leslie Edwards, Georgina Parkinson, Artists of the Royal Ballet (dancers); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

DVD Coppélia: A Ballet in Two Parts --- MEDIA GV1790.C6 B378 2011
The story of a young man who becomes besotted with an exquisite automaton and is finally brought to his senses by his fiancée. Recorded in performance April 2011, Palais Garnier, Paris.
Participants: Patrice Bart after Arthur Saint-Léon (choreographer); Dorothée Gilbert, Mathias Heymann, José Martínez, Fabrice Bougeois, Corps de Ballet of the Opéra National de Paris (dancers); Orchestre Colonne; Koen Kessels (conductor)

DVD Le Corsaire --- MEDIA GV1790 .C683 2005
A story of pirates and shipwreck, set on the Ionian coast. Performed by the Kirov Ballet.
Participants: Marius Petipa (choreographer); Altynai Asylmuratova, Faroukh Ruzimatov, Yevgeny Neef, Telena Pankova, Konstantin Zaklinsky (dancers)

streaming video Don Quichot: The Dutch National Ballet --- streaming video
In Barcelona, young Kitri and her lover Basilio must outwit her father, who wants her to marry the rich Gamache. Kitri's incidental protector is Don Quixote, who sees the feminine ideal in all the women he meets. From the Amsterdam Musical Theatre.
Participants: Marius Patipa, Alexander Gorski, Alexei Ratmansky (choreographers); Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Peter de Jong, Karel de Rooij, Dutch National Ballet (dancers); Holland Symfonia; Kevin Rhodes (conductor)

DVD [Carlos Acosta's] Don Quixote --- MEDIA GV1790.D597 D66 2014
In Barcelona, young Kitri and her lover Basilio must outwit her father, who wants her to marry the rich Gamache. Kitri's incidental protector is Don Quixote, who sees the feminine ideal in all the women he meets. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House.
Participants: Carlos Acosta (choreographer); Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta, Christopher Saunders, Philip Mosley, Ryoichi Hirano, Laura Morera, Bennet Gartside, Gary Avis, Christina Arestis, Yuhui Choe, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Valeri Hristov, Johannes Stepanek, Itziar Mendizabal, Thomas Whitehead, Melissa Hamilton, Elizabeth Harrod, Kristen McNally (dancers); The Royal Ballet and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Martin Yates (conductor)

DVD Don Quixote --- MEDIA GV1790.D66 N87 1999
In Barcelona, young Kitri and her lover Basilio must outwit her father, who wants her to marry the rich Gamache. Kitri's incidental protector is Don Quixote, who sees the feminine ideal in all the women he meets. Performed by the Australian Ballet in Melbourne.
Participants: Rudolf Nureyev after Petipa (choreographer); Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Helpmann, Lucette Aldous, Ray Powell, Francis Croese (dancers); John Lanchbery (conductor)

DVD Firebird [on Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes: The Firebird/Le Sacre du Printemps] --- MEDIA GV1790.A1 S77 2009
Based on Russian folklore, tells the story of Prince Ivan who wanders into an enchanted garden and sees a beautiful bird who is trying to pluck golden fruit from a silver tree. Ivan captures the bird, but succumbs to its entreaties to be set free. In gratitude for its freedom The Firebird gives Ivan a magic feather. Filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Participants: Isabelle Fokine and Andris Lipea after Michel Fokine (choreographers); Ekaterina Kondaurova, Ilya Kunznetsov, Marianna Pavlova, Vladimir Ponomarev (dancers); Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet; Valery Gerglev (conductor)

DVD Giselle --- MEDIA GV1790.G5 G57 2014
The story of a peasant girl who goes mad and dies of a broken heart when she discovers that her beloved is a nobleman betrothed to another. Recorded at the Royal Opera house.
Participants: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (choreographer); Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead, Johannes Stepanek, Deidre Chapman, Christopher Saunders, Christina Arestis, Hikaru Kobayashi, Elizabeth Harrod, Akane Takada, artists of the Royal Ballet (dancers); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ; Boris Gruzin, conductor

DVD Lac: Ballet in Four Acts --- MEDIA GV1790.S8 M35 2014
A reworking of Swan Lake. Recorded at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
Participants: Jean-Christophe Maillot (choreographer); Bernice Coppieters, Anja Behrend, April Ball, Stephan Bourgond, Alvaro Prieto, Mimoza Kolke, Jeroen Verbruggen, Asier Uriagereka, Asier Edeso, Simone Webster, Gaëlle Riou, Anjara Ballesteros, Noelani Pantastico, Maude Sabourin Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (dancers); Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

DVD The Little Mermaid --- MEDIA GV1790 .L58 2011
A mermaid longs to join her human love on land. Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco.
Participants: John Neumeier (choreographer); Yuan Yuan Tan, Lloyd Riggins, Tiit Helimets, Sarah Van Patten, Davit Karapetyan, San Francisco Ballet (dancers); Martin West (conductor)

DVD A Midsummer Night's Dream --- MEDIA GV1790 .M53 2001
An enchanting story of the impetuous yearnings of love among mere mortals, especially when the woodland's elves and fairies intervene. Live from the Teatro alla Scala, 2007.
Participants: George Balanchine (choreographer); Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru (dancers); Corps de Ballet, Orchestra, and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala; Nir Kabaretti (conductor)

DVD The Nutcracker --- MEDIA GV1790.N88 B27 2004
From an imperial-era Russian Christmas party, a young girl named Clara is whisked in her dreams to an imaginary world populated by the animated creations of the wizard toy maker Drosselmeier. Clara innocently develops a crush on the imaginary Nutcracker prince. Upon her arrival in the Land of the Sweets, she dances a yearning pas de deux with the Nutcracker Prince.
Participants: Mikhail Baryshnikov (choreographer); Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Alexander Minz, David Brachtenbach, George De La Pena, Norman Rose, Rebecca Wright (dancers); Kenneth Schermerhorn (conductor)

DVD Rain --- MEDIA GV1790 .R35 2015
A contemporary interpretation of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.
Participants: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (choreographer); dancers of the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris (dancers); Ensemble Ictus and Synergy Vocals; Georges Elie Octors (conductor)

DVD Rhapsody - The Two Pigeons --- MEDIA GV1790 .A84 2016
Rhapsody: A non-narrative ballet based on based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; The Two Pigeons: The Young Man, a painter, feels trapped by the Young Girl, his model and mistress. His eye is caught by a Gypsy Girl, and he takes up his sketch-pad to follow the gypsy troupe.
Participants: Frederick Ashton (choreographer); Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae [Rhapsody], Lauren Cuthbertson, Vadim Muntagirov [The Two Pigeons], dancers of the Royal Ballet (dancers); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

DVD Romeo and Juliet --- MEDIA GV1790.R6 R66 20XX
The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune.
Participants: Kenneth MacMillan (choreographer); Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, David Blair, Desmond Doyle, Julia Farron, Michael Somes, dancers of the Royal Ballet (dancers); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; John Lanchbery (conductor)

DVD Le Sacre du Printemps = The Rite of Spring [on Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes: The Firebird/Le Sacre du Printemps] --- MEDIA GV1790.A1 S77 2009
A pagan celebration of the coming of spring. Filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Participants: Millicent Hodson after Vaslav Nijinsky (choreographers); Alexandra Iosifidi, Elena Bazhenova, Vladimir Ponomarev (dancers); Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet; Valery Gerglev (conductor)

DVD The Sleeping Beauty --- MEDIA GV1790.S54 S54 2000
Disgruntled at not being invited to the princess' christening, the wicked fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep for a hundred years. Recorded at the Opéra Bastille in 1999.
Participants: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa (choreographer); Aurélie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Vincent Cordier, Natacha Quernet, Laurent Queral, Béatrice Martel, Nathalie Aubin, Laurent Novis, Muriel Hallé, Delphine Moussin, Benjamin Pech, Stéphane Elizabé, Laetitia Pujol, Corps de Ballet of the Opéra National de Paris (dancers); Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris; David Coleman (conductor)

DVD Swan Lake --- MEDIA GV1787 .S93 2011
When it premiered at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Now firmly crowned as a modern day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.
Participants: Matthew Bourne (choreographer); Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman (dancers); The New London Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)

DVD The Winter's Tale --- MEDIA GV1786.O68 W56 2015
A ballet based on Shakespeare's tragicomedy that focuses on King Leontes, who accuses his boyhood friend of betrayal, condemns his wife for adultery, and banishes his newborn daughter. The story is taken up fifteen years later when the wronged and innocent parties are re-united with the king who has since come to his senses and now lives in a state of perpetual grief and regret. Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, April 2014.
Participants: Christopher Wheeldon (choreographer); Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Joe Parker, Zenaida Yanowsky, Bennet Gartside, Federico Bonelli (dancers)

Short Performances

streaming video Alonzo King Lines Ballet --- streaming video
Choreographer Alonzo King, acclaimed as "one of the few, true Ballet Masters of our times" by world-famous William Forsythe, works with his company The Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco.
Contents: Scheherazade; "Dust and Light"; "Triangle of the Squinches"

DVD Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater --- MEDIA GV1786.A42 A482 1990
In this two-part program, members of Ailey's dance company celebrate his memory by performing three works choreographed by Ailey himself, as well as a special ballet tribute choreographed by Ulysses Dove.
Contents: For Bird With Love; Witness; Memoria; Shining Star

DVD Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations --- MEDIA GV1790 .A485 2016
Four short modern ballets performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

DVD Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton --- MEDIA GV1790.A1 A84 2013
This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton's death, presents five works that demonstrate his astonishing versatility.
Contents: La Valse; 'Méditation' from Thaïs; Voices of Spring; Monotones I and II; Marguerite and Armand

DVD Dance Theatre of Harlem --- MEDIA GV1790.A1 D36 2012
Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a studio production of four of its most popular works.
Contents: Fall River Legend; Troy-Game; The Beloved; John Henry

DVD An Evening with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater --- MEDIA GV1790.A42 G75 2015
Four short compositions performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with an introduction by Alvin Ailey.
Contents: Divining; Revelations; The Stack-Up; Cry

DVD Legends of Ballet: Stars of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet --- MEDIA GV1790 .L444 2015
A collection of performances that includes: Square dance; Concerto for art lovers; Scenes from Romeo & Juliet and A midsummer night's dream; Pas de quatre; The sleeping beauty: Aurora's act I variation, 'jewels' variation, and Rose Adagio; Giselle: act II pas de deux & finale; and Sylvia: pas de deux.
Contents: Fall River Legend; Troy-Game; The Beloved; John Henry

DVD Martha Graham: Dance on Film --- MEDIA GV1785.G7 M37 2007
Features three dance performances including A Dancer's World, where Martha Graham discusses the dancer as a creative artist, and members of her dance company illustrate her theories in a choreographed dance, Appalachian Spring, a ballet depicting the wedding day of a pioneer couple, and Night Journey, Martha Graham's interpretation of the Oedipus legend, depicting the moment of Jocasta's death.

DVD Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris --- MEDIA GV1785 .T39 P38 2013
Paul Taylor, among the last living members of the second generation of America's modern dance artists, is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. This program recorded in 2012 at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris is composed of two ballets - Brandenburgs- opus 88 (1988), set to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, and Beloved Renegade- opus 129 (2008) set to Poulenc's Gloria and inspired by the life and work of Walt Whitman.

Last Updated: July 2017

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