MacMillan: Elite Syncopations / The Judas Tree / Concerto DVD (The Royal Ballet)


  • Kenneth MacMillan’s vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet’s style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous – this programme gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan’s work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself.

    Concerto, to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree* places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the programme with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to ballet, and a ragtime band to the stage.

    Also available on Blu-ray

    Dancers: Yuhui Choe, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Rupert Pennefather, Helen Crawford, Artists of The Royal Ballet
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Dominic Grier
    Music: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Elite Syncopations
    Dancers: Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov, Mara Galeazzi, Steven McRae, Laura McCulloch, Iohna Loots, Paul Kay, Liam Scarlett, Artists of The Royal Ballet
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Robert Clark
    Music: Scott Joplin and others

    The Judas Tree*
    Dancers: Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Edward Watson, Bennet Gartside, Artists of The Royal Ballet
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
    Music: Brian Elias

    Plus: Introductions to each ballet piece by Deborah MacMillan

    *Please be warned that The Judas Tree is unsuitable for children

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0/ DTS 5.1(5.0)
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 104 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES
    Year: 2010

  • "There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind."
     The Daily Telegraph

    "As a programme this strikes me as an excellent triple bill as diverse in its emotional range as it is accomplished in its technical excellence from every department." Musicweb International

    "It's grisly, and yet horribly exciting in its momentum, as the men show off to each other like skateboarders, flinging themselves into barrel turns while knotting and unknotting their legs." The Independent, on The Judas Tree