Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote released on DVD | restored & remastered

September 9, 2012


Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote released on DVD

ballet dvdWarner Classics has restored and remastered in high-definition from the original film, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, with The Australian Ballet.

There’s a rare chance to see Gailene Stock – now Director of The Royal Ballet School – dancing as one of Kitri’s Girlfriends, and a bonus section which contains, among other delights, a really clever section on the restoration process, with a split screen so you can see exactly how much has been improved.

The cast is :

Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote

Ray Powell as Sancho Panza

Rudolf Nureyev as Basilio

Lucette Aldous as Kitri

Colin Peasley as Gamache

Gailene Stock & Carolyn Rappell as Kitri’s two Girlfriends

Patricia Cox as Cupid

and Artists of The Australian Ballet

The dancers are literally on fire – Nureyev is on top form and everyone around him has raised their game to match.  It’s fast and ferocious; the story is all a bit silly & the costumes a bit much at times, but the dancing – well, that’s why you must watch it ! The Gypsy Dancers (Alan Alder and Paul Saliba) are wonderful, and it’s an action-packed journey of trickery and – I’ve said it before – excellent, inspiring dancing.

Don Quixote [DVD] [2012] (DVD)

New From: £9.67 GBP In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

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