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Elite Syncopations/Judas Tree/Concerto

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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  • Format: Classical, Color, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B00421HAQK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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MacMillan's vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet's style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this rare chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous - this programme gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan's work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself. Concerto, to Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the programme with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to the dance, and a ragtime band to the stage.

Works: Concerto (Shostakovich); Elite Syncopations (Joplin and Others); The Judas Tree (Elias)

Press Reviews
"There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind." (The Daily Telegraph)

"It's grisly, and yet horribly exciting in its momentum, as the men show off to each other like skateboarders, flinging themselves into barrel turns while knotting and unknotting their legs." (The Independent)

"As far as I am aware there are no other versions of Elite Syncopations or Concerto currently available on DVD and as mentioned these are significant works in the MacMillan canon so pretty much an obligatory purchase for admirers of his work. As a programme this strikes me as an excellent triple bill as diverse in its emotional range as it is accomplished in its technical excellence from every department. " (Musicweb International)

Sarah Lamb (Elite Syncopations)
Steven McRae (Elite Syncopations; Concerto)
Carlos Acosta (The Judas Tree)
Leanne Benjamin (The Judas Tree)
Edward Watson (The Judas Tree)
Marianela Nuñez (Concerto)
Rupert Pennefather (Concerto)
Yuhui Choe (Concerto)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Dominic Grier; Robert Clark; Barry Wordsworth

Company: The Royal Ballet
Choreographer: Kenneth Macmillan

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA1038D
Date of Performance: 2010
Running Time: 104 minutes
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES
Label: Opus Arte

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Most helpful customer reviews on 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely Wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 starsElite Syncopations alone is worth the cost of this production ...
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Thomas Lecoq
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautifully produced, very modern ballet based on classical technique
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William S. May
5.0 out of 5 starsThe first of the three works in this DVD reflects great skill, lilting music
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5.0 out of 5 starsThese Three Ballets by Kenneth MacMillan Are Both Funny and Sexy And Unlike Anything You Have Seen
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