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NYC Ballet in Paris DVD

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The New York City Ballet performs in Paris after an eight year absence. The production revolves around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. The four ballets performed encapsulate Balanchine’s genius and his very own neo-classical style, they also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust at the Paris Opera in 1975, it premiered as an independent piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City Ballet's French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. 

Walpurgisnacht Ballet
Music: Charles Gounod
Costumes: Karinska
Lighting: Mark Stanley

Sonatine / La Valse*
Music: Maurice Ravel
Costumes: Karinska*
Set Designs: Jean Rosenthal*
Lighting: Mark Stanley

Symphony in C
Music: Georges Bizet
Costumes: Marc Happel
Lighting: Mark Stanley

Choreography: George Balanchine
Ballet Master: Peter Martins
Director: Vincent Bataillon
Théâtre du Châtelet
Orchestre Prométhée
Conductor: Daniel Capps

Picture: 16/9
Sound: PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region: 0 Worldwide play
Running Time: 106 mins
Year: 2016