October 2015 | Moving Images

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Videos of note (new and not)

Peter and the Wolf
Directed by Ross MacGibbon
Studio: Opus Arte
Price: $19.99
NR; 30 minutes; 2011

Peter and the Wolf has charmed audiences of every age since Prokofiev composed his score in 1936. In this Royal Ballet production, choreographed by Matthew Hart, the Narrator (Will Kemp) guides us through musical representations of animal and human characters, as a brave young boy (Kilian Smith) does battle with a big bad wolf (Sergei Polunin), with the help of a carnival of animal friends danced by The Royal Ballet School students.

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Directed by Bob Hercules
Studio: Docurama
Price: $29.95
NR; 82 minutes; 2012

Co-founded in 1956 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, The Joffrey Ballet started as six dancers touring the U.S. in a borrowed station wagon; before long, it was revolutionizing American ballet with infusions of modern dance, social statement, and rock music. This film chronicles The Joffrey’s story, including its repeated resurrections after devastating setbacks and its introduction of Twyla Tharp to a larger audience. Includes excerpts from Joffrey’s Astarte, Trinity, and Billboards; Jooss’ The Green Table; and Massine’s Parade.

Mary Wigman: The Soul of Dance
Directed by Norbert Busè and Christof Debler
Studio: Arthaus Musik
Price: $29.99
NR; 92 minutes; 2014

New York, 1930, in a sold-out Carnegie Hall: alone and barefoot, Wigman leaves the stage hailed as the “high priestess of dance.” This film tells the story of the brilliant career and tragic life of one of modern dance’s pioneering figures. Wigman studied in her native Germany with Dalcroze and Laban, performed her expressionist dances across Europe and the U.S., and inspired and taught many, including Hanya Holm.

Mats Ek’s Carmen
Directed by Gunilla Wallin
Studio: Kultur
Price: $24.99
NR; 50 minutes; 2009

With the hot glow of her cigar, the intensity of her gaze, and her unabashed sexuality, Carmen (Ana Laguna) radiates defiance. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and who takes and discards lovers as she pleases—including romantic soldier José (Marc Hwang) and macho bullfighter Escamillo (Yvan Auzely). Ek’s stylish version of this tale of passion and murderous jealousy is danced by Cullberg Ballet and set to Rodion Shchedrin’s arrangement of Bizet’s opera score.