July 2016 | Moving Images


Videos of note (new and not)

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
Directed by Guy Maddin
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Price: $22.49
NR; 75 minutes; 2002

In the hands of cult film director Maddin, Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula becomes an expressionistic, erotically charged silent film in black and white. With choreography by Mark Godden to music by Gustav Mahler, and starring Zhang Wei-Qiang (Dracula) and Tara Birtwhistle (Lucy Westenra).

Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance
Directed by Sharon Kaufman
Studio: Ze’eva Cohen Dance Foundation
Price: $30
NR; 140 minutes; 2015

This two-DVD set is devoted to the life and career of Israeli dancer, choreographer, and educator Cohen, from her early years dancing for Anna Sokolow to four decades of teaching at Princeton. Includes Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance, which traces Cohen’s independent career path; Passing It On: Four Princeton Alumni Look Back, a conversation with former students José Mateo, David Rousseve, Jill Sigman, and Mariah Steele; and five complete dances, including Negotiations (1996) and Rainwood (1977).

Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree
Directed by Peter Mumford
Studio: Kultur Video
Price: $29.99
NR (adult themes); 73 minutes; 2006

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs David Bintley’s Nutcracker Sweeties, set to Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s swinging, sexy take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, in a cheeky, jazzy production that evokes Broadway and America in the 1940s. The Royal Ballet performs The Judas Tree, Kenneth Macmillan’s last work and perhaps his most shocking exploration of sex and violence. With Irek Mukhamedov (who originated the role of the Foreman) and Leanne Benjamin.

Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris
Directed by Andy Sommer
Studio: Bel Air Classiques
Price: $24.99
NR; 66 minutes; 2013

Two notable Taylor dances, recorded in 2012 at Paris’ Théâtre National de Chaillot. The pure-dance work Brandenburgs (1988), set to music from Bach’s third and sixth Brandenburg concertos, frames four soloists, three female and one male, with an ensemble of five men. Beloved Renegade (2008), set to Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, takes inspiration from the life and work of poet Walt Whitman. Includes the short documentary Paul Taylor: Architect of Energy.