3 June 2014 at 4.28pm | Comment on this article
There’s not a great deal of Mats Ek’s work available on DVD so it’s welcome to see the release of his new Juliet and Romeo. Very much a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale it uses a selection of Ek’s favourite music by Tchaikovsky rather than the more typically-used Prokofiev score. The Royal Swedish Ballet are very much accustomed to Ek’s unique style and they bring out the best of it here.
Roland Petit’s tragic Notre-Dame de Paris, originally created for Paris Opera Ballet in 1965, has been recorded for posterity by the Ballet of the Teatro all Scala. Recorded in 2013 the outstanding cast includes The Royal Ballet’s very own Natalia Osipova guesting as Esmerelda and former Royal Ballet Guest Principal Roberto Bolle playing out of type as Quasimodo. It’s a bright, colourful production and features dancing of the highest calibre and wonderful costumes by French fashion icon Yves Saint-Laurent.
Sasha Waltz is almost as far away from classical ballet as it’s possible to get, and yet just last year she premiered a new Rite of Spring with that most traditional of companies, the Mariinsky Ballet. Sasha Waltz – A Portrait is an intelligent documentary by Brigitte Kramer that follows the choreographer’s career from 1992 to 2007 and charts the progression of her radical and influential choreography.
These and other DVD/Blu-ray releases are available now from the ROH Shop.