DVD + Blu-Ray:
Three classics showcase the art of Roberto Bolle
Three classic recordings showcase the immense artistry and craft of Roberto Bolle.
The Art of Roberto Bolle © Giovanni Gastel
Roberto Bolle as Quasimodo © Rai Com / Teatro alla Scala
This set of three films provides an outstanding showcase for the artistry of dancer Roberto Bolle, a ballet star of our own time. For the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia was restored to the splendour of its elegant and opulent three-act form. Casting Bolle as Aminta alongside Darcey Bussell in the title role, this is a wonderful showcase for virtuosity, invention and classical beauty.
By contrast Roland Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris exudes modernity, with its cool choreography and chic costumes by Yves Saint-Laurent. Here Bolle’s tragic Quasimodo, by turns fierce and tender, dances opposite Natalia Osipova as Esmeralda. In a second production from La Scala, the Ballet Corp’s traditional Grand Gala aligns with Milan’s tenure as host city of EXPO 2015, and Roberto Bolle, as one of La Scala’s étoiles, plays a central role in this stunning programme of excerpts. He performs the pas de deux from yet another Petit masterwork, dancing Don José to Polina Semionova’s Carmen, along with the mesmerizing contemporary solo Prototype.
Recorded in true Surround Sound.
"As for Bolle, it's got to be hard enough to dance most of a two-hour ballet with one shoulder hunched up to your ear, much less to elicit compassion for a character who is (in this telling) underdeveloped. Yet he manages to instill Quasimodo with a tragic air that is both fierce and tender." (artsheraldtribune.com - Notre-Dame de Paris)
"This was a dazzling night of dance, a grand ‘Gala of stars’ indeed." (Sydney Arts Guide - Gala des etoiles)
Soloist Roberto Bolle
Soloist Darcey Bussell
Soloist Natalia Osipova
Choreography by Frederick Ashton; Roland Petit
Dance Company The Royal Ballet; Teatro alla Scala Ballet
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