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Ballet DVD Set (Opéra National de Paris)

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Jewels
This alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, is a lyric tribute to women and to the cities of the great dance schools. Couturier, painter and craftsman Christian Lacroix created the glorious costumes and sets which, together with the outstanding performances of the dancers and the sensitive musical direction of Paul Connelly, result in a celebration of sumptuous splendour.
Dancers:
 Aurélie Dupont, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnès Letestu, Clairemarie Osta, Laëtitia Pujol, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Kader Belarbi, Mathieu Ganio.
Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Connelly
Choreography: George Balanchine

La Dame aux camélias
Based on the novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi’s La Traviata and Hollywood’s Moulin Rouge, Neumeier has created a riveting dance drama which unfolds ingeniously through love, passion and danger. Chopin’s ravishing music combines with the lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier.
Dancers: Agnès Letestu, Stéphane Bullion, Dorothée Gilbert, Delphine Moussin, José Martinez, Eve Grinsztajn, Karl Paquette 
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Schmidtsdorff 
Choreography: John Neumeier
Set & Costumes: Jürgen Rose

Cinderella
Music: 
Sergei Prokofiev 
Rudolf Nureyev’s colourful, “movie-star” production retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. Agnès Letestu stars as Cinderella who, living with her alcoholic father, tyrannical stepmother and two spiteful stepsisters, dreams of escape and stardom in Hollywood.
Dancers: Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Laëtitia Pujol, Stéphanie Romberg, Stéphane Phavorin & Wilfried Romoli
Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev

Swan Lake
Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Agnès Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, and José Martinez, a convincing, pale, vulnerable prince Siegfried, are the stars of this deeply passionate, ‘dream’ version of Swan Lake. Rudolf Nureyev’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical ballet, far from being a clichéd stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an exposé of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions.
Dancers:  Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Muriel Hallé, Karl Paquette
Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Vello Pähn
Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev

Picture:  4:3 / 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1 DTS
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 11hr 13 mins (6 DVDs)