Cesare Pugni – La Fille du Pharaon (The Pharoah’s Daughter) / Zakharova, Filin, Alexandrova, Yanin, Lacotte, Bolshoi Ballet

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Product Details

  • Actors: Svetlana Zakharova, Pierre Lacotte, Bolshoi Opera Ballet, Sergei Filin, Maria Alexandrova
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Bel Air Classiques
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • ASIN: B0009Y26A4

Customer Reviews

Romantic Fluff……but Beautifully Danced

2 helpful votes
 on April 15, 2013
By Dr. John W. Rippon
The Pharaoh’s Daughter, premiered in 1862, was the first big success for choreographer extraordinaire Marius Petipa. He even danced in it. The story from the exotic poet-painter Theophile Gautier was in keeping with the Egyptian rage in Europe at that time. Starting with the Nepoleon expedition in Egypt followed by serious Egyptian studies by English and French scientists and at the time of the ballet’s premier, the opening of the Suez Canal, Egypt was the talk of the times. The libretto from Gautier’s story “Le Roman de la Momie” was made by Jules-Henri Vernov de Saint-Georges, an accomplished artist. For the music, the “at your quick service” Italian composer Cesare Pugni whose record of some three hundred ballet scores at a week or so each surely is a world record. He had written a score for Petipa earlier (The Blue Dahlia) and it was well received. However Petipa and Pugni had great disagreements and Petipa choreographed without music and the music was fitted in later. The final score had many many dances and went on for some four hours. The sets and costumes were grandiose and the whole thing was a tremendous success. For many years it was revived and revived again and was very popular. But the Soviets condemned it as “negligible artistic value” and was last seen in 1928. It was the French ballet master Pierre Lacotte that began the excavation of the huge score and old time choreography notes of Petipa in order to make a usable score. He made many revisions, cuts and changes and finally presented the Bolshoi with a usable score that retains the flavor and spirit of the original. The Bolshoi has done itself proud in its presentation of the revised work.

More Fun Than A Barrel Of Mummies!

20 helpful votes
 on November 3, 2006
By jack wilinsky
This is one exhilarating ballet! It is packed with choreography of gorgeous, aggressive, and brilliant intensity. Lacotte has attempted to reconstruct this ballet from first hand accounts of dancers who actually remembered when they had danced it long ago, before it fell into obscurity. But he did much more than reconstruct it–he modernized it to reflect the contemporary intensity of classical ballet technique and modern staging techniques. There are an enormous number of solo petit and grand allegri, as well as other types of dances. Lacotte’s use of the corps de ballet is wonderful, with a masterful use of angle and space. The costumes are also very well done, and it is amusing to see some ballerinas dancing in Egyptian pencil skirts–not an easy feat!

Absolutely breathtaking!

13 helpful votes
 on February 1, 2007
By MaeNena
This has got to be the best ballet DVD I’ve ever seen. Sound, image quality, costuming, sets, lighting, dancing, musicality, expression…all are as good as it gets. Svetlana Zakharova is a brilliant choice for Aspicia. She has an almost unearthly degree of extension and control in her movements, yet always retains the graceful fluidity to make it look effortless and never loses the human quality of a young woman in love. Her perfomance in the wedding pas de deux is breathtaking! Sergei Filin is powerful as Taor, and easily conveys his sense of wonder at the strange ancient world he’s fallen into. He has incredible ballon and brilliant entrechats (he doesn’t cheat them like many dancers do when they start to get tired). And on a shallow note, both Zakharova and Filin are physically beautiful to watch. I was also tremendously impressed by Maria Alexandrova as Ramze; her chaine turns in the pas d’action and the degree of lightness she has to her extensions are impeccable. The Three Rivers soloists also each gave standout performances.

A Lovely Ballet

1 helpful vote
 on October 18, 2013
By Balletomane
Svetlana Zakharova is a great ballerina. She is very stylized, just watch her hands and index fingers. Her exaggerated hand and arm gestures are beautiful, but a little bit “over the top” for me. Also, she acts as though she deserves accolades that last for a long time. Her legs and feet are very pretty. Her extensions are unbelievable. They go beyond the classical positions, though, and are too exaggerated for me. It is almost as though she has been trained as a rhythmic gymnast, bringing her foot so close to her ear on that side. Her dancing is enjoyable, but very formal.

First time I’ve seen this ballet

1 helpful vote
 on September 4, 2013
By B Hillary
Absolutely loved this. Need to understand that it is an older piece and some things are perhaps not so appropriate anymore, such as the blacking up of slaves. If you understand the era and the context it is what would have happened, the use of slaves that is, but if you are just watching as entertainment I can understand that some people could be offended by this. Take with a pinch of salt and enjoy the fabulous choreography and technical brilliance of the dancers. Not to mention Pugni’s lovely music. Fabulous to see Filin pre acid attack, and Zhakarova is amazing as always, but also Alexandrova (whom I would have liked to see without the darker body colour that didn’t go with her pale face!). I will be watching this DVD a lot.

what a rare treat!

1 helpful vote
 on October 24, 2015
By JRM dit Jolicoeur
Rarely produced ballet from the Italian composer Pugni, this is an other grand Lacotte production which merits to be seen. Pugni’s ballet at it best

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on March 25, 2016
By Paul Banion
THANK YOU. Très bien emballé, très rapide et tout à fait conforme


1 helpful vote
 on April 21, 2014
By Stanley Y F Chang
I am following the career of Svetlana Zakharova.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on August 25, 2015
By Stephen Thomas
As described, delivered as promised. Can’t ask more than that.

Excellent Production

1 helpful vote
 on August 27, 2013
By online shopper
Excellent production!

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