State Theatre Academy. 1994
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot,
and Marius Petipa
is not bad, nothing is embarassing, but - particularly given the DVD is offered
at full price - one can do much better elsewhere.
The technical presentation
is rather poor to begin with. Sound quality is quite boxy, and the orchestral
performance is quite mediocre to be honest, some really glaring bloopers from
the brass section in the music for the nobles, though there is an interesting
lift to certain passages, such as the grapepicker's theme.
seem uninspired. Malakhov is by far the highlight, and as pointed out, has not
yet aquired the polish that might have lent the performance more grace. Much the
same can be said for Vasileva, there is a straightforward charm to her characterization,
but a sense of insecurity, and a lack of fluidity in Act II, when Giselle needs
it the most. I rather liked the Hilareon, though The Russian practice is utilized
of featuring him more prominently in the Act one ensembles than is generally seen,
and the dancer does not quite seize the opportunity. Someone also needed to take
him aside and redo his eye makeup.
The physical production does not fare
well on camera, it is a touch drab, and a bit cheap looking."
version of a review by Warmgoy
Camera work is
amateurish. There is an overuse of the kind of close up filmed performances are
obsessed with, and that are most unfortunante in ballet when we do want to see
the dancer's feet, after all. As if in response to this, many shots are done from
the opposite extreme, as though the camera were placed in the last row of the
balcony, seeming a city block away from the stage.