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Frankenstein Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet)

 

  • Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein is the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love, exploring the very depths of human nature.

    Federico Bonelli dances the role of Victor Frankenstein, Laura Morera is his Elizabeth, Federico Bonelli is Victor, and Steven McRae is the creature. Koen Kessels conducts Lowell Liebermann’s newly commissioned score in this co-production between The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

    Also available on DVD

    Victor Frankenstein: Federico Bonelli
    Elizabeth Lavenza: Laura Morera
    The Creature: Steven McRae 
    Henry Clerval: Alexander Campbell 
    Madame Moritz: Elizabeth McGorian
    Justine Moritz: Meaghan Grace Hinkis 
    Victor’s father: Bennet Gartside 
    Victor’s mother: Christina Arestis 
    The Professor: Thomas Whitehead
    William Frankenstein: Guillem Cabrera Espinach 
    Young Victor: Sacha Barber 
    Young Elizabeth: Skya Powney 
    Young Justine: Lauren Molyneux
    Artists of The Royal Ballet

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Koen Kessels
    Choreography: Liam Scarlett
    Music: Lowell Liebermann
    Designer: John Macfarlane
    Lighting designer: David Finn
    Projection designer: Finn Ross

    Plus: Introduction to Frankenstein; Casting the ballet; Lowell Liebermann and Liam Scarlett on the music; John Macfarlane on designing Frankenstein; Darcey Bussell in the studio with Liam Scarlett and Laura Morera

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: PCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1 Surround
    Format: Blu-ray
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 130+14 mins
    Year: 2016



  • "And what dancers! Laura Morera played Elizabeth, the hero’s love interest, and I have never seen her dance better... Steven McRae as The Creature somehow got us on his side as soon as he was conjured up, naked and gruesomely slashed... But the star of the evening, giving flesh and blood reality to Scarlett’s superb dance making, was the man in the title role, Federico Bonelli."
     The Sunday Express

    "McRae’s portrayal is brilliant; his dancing is eloquent in its anguish, and we sense every beat of his lonely, vengeful heart..." The Observer

    "The production has a cinematographic quality — not only from the projections and painterly sets (the scene in the bar with the medical students and attendant prostitutes could have been taken directly from Hogarth), but the adept way in which this classic plot is spun onstage." The Londonist