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Winter Dreams DVD (The Royal Ballet)

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Based on Anton Chekhov's play, The Three Sisters,Kenneth MacMillan's one-act ballet is unequivocally a masterpiece, revealing as it does the intricate relationship of the characters trapped in the stultifying atmosphere of a Russian provinical town at the turn of the 20th century. In this studio recording, Darcey Bussell dances the role of Masha, the sister married to a boring, worthy schoolteacher, danced by Anthony Dowell, and drawn into an adulterous affair with Colonel Vershinin, danced with passionate intensity and thrilling virtuosity by Irek Mukhamedov.

Music:
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky 
Colonel Vershinin:
Irek Mukhamedov
Masha: Darcey Bussell
Kulygin: Anthony Dowell 
Irina: Viviana Durante 
Olga: Nicola Tranah
Tusenbach: Stephen Wicks 
Solyony: Adam Cooper 
Andrey Prozorov: Gary Avis 
Natasha: Genesia Rosato 

Original Designs: Peter Farmer
Commentary: Lynn Redgrave

Extras: 'Out of Line' - A documentary portrait of the influential British choreographer, Kenneth MacMillan, with extracts from many of his ballets including The Burrow, Romeo and Juliet, Gloria, Manon and The Prince of the Pagodas. Produced by Derek Bailey.

Picture: 4:3
Sound: PCM stereo
Format: NTSC
Region code: 2-5 worldwide (This DVD is region restricted and will not play in 1 USA & Canada)
Running time: 123 mins 
Year:  1990