The Royal Opera House

Still Life at the Penguin Café Blu-ray plus documentary

‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café is performed here by The Royal Ballet and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The idiosyncratic music and imaginary world of Simon Jeffes, founder of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, prompted David Bintley to create this ballet, set in a café where penguins resemble people and people resemble penguins. Here, an exuberant cabaret is presented by a succession of exotic creatures. The inventive and amusing choreography, enlivened by Hayden Griffin‘s ingenious sets and costumes, also highlights the plight of the world‘s endangered species. The production is coupled with a documentary about the Penguin Cafe Orchestra featuring composer Simon Jeffes.

Introduction narration: Jemery Irons
Simon Jeffes
Utah Longhorn Ram: Deborah Bull
Ram partner: Guy Niblett
Texan Kangaroo Rat: Bruce Sansom
Humboldt's Hog-nosed Skunk Flea: Fiona Brockway
Southern Cape Zebra: Phillip Broomhead
Rainforest people: Jonathan Cope, Tracy Brown
Brazilian Wooly Monkey: Stephen Jefferies
Choreographer: David Bintley
Designer: Hayden Griffin
Lighting: John B. Read
Stage directors: Keith Beckett and David Bintley

The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Guitars: Simon Jeffes
Cello: Helen Liebmann
Ukelele: Neil Rennie
Cuatro: Paul Street
Percussion: Ian Maidman
Violin: Bob Loveday
Viola: Geoffrey Richardson
Piano: Steve Nye 

Plus: The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Documentary with Simon Jeffes, directed by Andrew Harries 

Format: 4:3 1080i HD
Sound: PCM 192 kHz / 48 kHz
Subtitle languages: DE/FR/SP
Region code: 0
Year: 1989 (Ballet)
Running time: 39+51 mins