American Ballet Theatre at the Met – Mixed Bill

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This triple bill of ballets, is a delightful introduction to the range and excitement of ABT's reperatory. Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Product Details

  • Actors: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cynthia Harvey, Cheryl Yeager, Marianna Tcherkassky, Martine Van Hamel
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008AORF
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Customer Reviews

Great DVD for ballet lovers of pure technique.

7 people found this helpful.
 on October 14, 2013
By Ann Millington
Most balletomanes will know that whatever Natalia Makarova touches, turns to gold. She is for me “the ballerina” of the latter half of the 20th Century. Her version of Paquita was simply superb. I just loved the russian-esque-ness of it from the opening steps when the corps de ballet slip in mazurka steps in pointe shoes. I was overjoyed to witness the magnificent dancing of the late Fernando Bujones, who is sadly no longer with us. Wasn’t so keen on the McMillan Tryad but loved the Sylvia PDD to the wonderful music of Leo Delibes and more than adequate dancing by Martine van Hammell and Patrick Bissell (also no longer with us). A must watch for people who love purity and balance in dance.

Add to your collectiion of dance videos.

 on May 24, 2017
By Robert M. Nied
Whether or not you love modern dance, this disc is not to be missed. It is an essential addition to your collection of dance videos.

First Rate Dances by First Rate Ballet Company

12 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2010
By drkhimxz
As denoted, this is a mixed bag of dances from the library of the American Ballet Theater, performed at their home, the Metropolitan Opera House, in Lincoln Center, NYC. The performance, at the Met in the mid-80’s, was directed for television by Brian Large, who is one of THE directors in the business. Three ballets and a sparkling final set piece, comprise the contents, all performed with technical versatility and panache. All but one are clearly derived from the Classical school, with Triad, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, providing a more modernized and, to me, more interesting approach. (I do not say “better” approach given the quality and entertainment value of all that was done, simply a personal preference). In it, MacMillan contorts, with abrupt and flowing lines, dynamic interactions among two groups of male dancers, and between the paired males and a female. The composer is Prokofiev, with whose music the dance patterns weave, leap and surge. This appears the only place in the program where male and female interact with equal force and impact at all times, rather than the basically discontinuous emphasis in the more classical dances.

Five Stars

 on January 8, 2015
By Camy
Breathtaking ballet with Baryshnikov and ABT.

Fabulous Evening

 on September 6, 2015
By frederick halgedahl
A fabulous evening of the highest standard. Very beautiful. A must-see. A treasure.

Five Stars

 on October 22, 2015
Very nice

Five Stars

 on April 17, 2015
By Don M. Owen


 on December 21, 2014
By Bill Muhr
Beautiful and inspiring.

American Ballet Theatre at the Met – Mixed Bill

 on January 23, 2013
By Kris Zink
I am so happy I bought this DVD! I will be able to watch these beautiful ballet performances over and over again. Excellent dancing and music!


27 people found this helpful.
 on February 17, 2008
By Sung-chao Cheng
I bought this tape on laser disc format almost twenty years ago,and got rid of it when DVD came out. These days I still watch it once in a while and the ABT magic still dazzles me, to put it simply, it’s a gem. There are four programs each one with its own mood and style. Les Sylphides is elegant and graceful, Sylvia-Pas de deux shows off Martine Van Hamel and Patrcik Bissell’s dazzling technigue, Triad, with the smooth and agile movements of the dancers, and Paquita is appropriately the grand finale of the evening that offers ABT’s numerous talents to the gratification of the audience. It is worth noticing that almost all the dancers in this tape are retired and as far as I know Fernando Bujones and Patrick Bissel are no longer alive. Anyway, for ballet fan this dvd is a must have.

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