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The Nederlands Dans Theater is one of Europe's most exciting ballet companies and many of its recent successes are due to its choreographer and Artistic Director, Jiri Kylian, who critics have hailed as a choreographic genius. This prize-winning recording of Kylian's "L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges" is a fantasy about a naughty child whose temper brings to life his surroundings. Ravel set to music a libretto by Colette, who originally devised the scenario as a remarkable combination of poetry, drama and dance, entitled "A Ballet for My Little Girl."
Actors: Netherlands Dance Theater, Jiri Kylian, Maurice Ravel
Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
Run Time: 51 minutes
Ravel’s Magical take of Mundane Modernity as it Should Be Viewed
4 people found this helpful.
on March 10, 2007
By Nathaniel K. Seelen
The Netherlands Dance Theater production takes a truly magnificent opera that is often hampered in performance by the imaginative story (a young boy refuses to do his homework and throws a terrible tantrum, breaking clocks, jumping on chairs, and pulling the tails of his two cats- the tables are turned as Maman leaves and the objects of his ire awaken to taunt and terrify the child!) and brings it to life. The orchestra and singing are marvelous and the dance amazingly well choreographed in both small-scale detail towards the score and long term action. I for one consider this the best version of L’Enfant et les Sortileges commercially available at present and it’s certainly worth purchasing for any fan of 20th century Opera, ballet, or plain great shows.
A magical performance
22 people found this helpful.
on February 7, 2004
By Jonathan H. Ward
As a singer with The Washington Chorus, I had the good fortune of singing “L’enfant et les sortileges” with the National Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center’s Festival of France in January 2004. We sang a semi-staged production, with cutouts representing most of the props and scenery. The music and singing were wonderful, and I deeply loved the music, but the visuals left a lot to the imagination (especially from my vantage point at the back of the stage!).
on December 19, 2012
I am an opera director and I couldn’t direct a more beautiful or moving production myself. So very well done.
on November 9, 2008
By the real RD
If you are interested in Ravel, you should own this DVD. The production is first rate in every respect.
on March 9, 2015
By Jan A. Bures
Terrific choreografie but lighting could be better.
4 people found this helpful.
on May 22, 2002
By Mark Obenauer
I found this DVD highly entertaining: the music was beautiful and dancing was artistically attuned to the fairy tail story. I have never seen a production of this Ravel work. Too bad this beautiful work is not performed more often.
Nice performance, but re-released 2010 for LESS $ and Extra Material
on August 15, 2011
By David Alt.
Released with a Peter and the Wolf that I have not seen. It sells for a fraction of this OOP release.
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