These two exceptional studio performances represent some of the earliest filmed dance material from the BBC archives. Les Sylphides, introduced by Tamara Karsavina, one of the founders of modern British ballet, and the 1958 performance of Giselle both feature stellar international casts embodying a bygone era. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.
Dancers: Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin, Alicia Markova, John Field.
Orchestra conducted by Eric Robinson 1953
Introduction by Tamra Karsavina
Giselle Dancers: Nadia Nerina, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Niels Bjorn Larsen, Lydia Sokolova, Margaret Hill.
The Covent Garden Orchestra, Hugo Rignold 1958
Sound: Ambient Mastering
Running Time: 93:51 mins
Region code: 0
A BBC recording.