American Masters: American Ballet Theatre - A History DVD

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Item #: WB0532
Ric Burns presents this rich, 75-year history of one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. With unprecedented access to the company, witness dramatic live performances, grueling rehearsals, and iconic dances by Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, and many others; as well as rare footage of ballet icons Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, ... More
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Ric Burns presents this rich, 75-year history of one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. With unprecedented access to the company, witness dramatic live performances, grueling rehearsals, and iconic dances by Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, and many others; as well as rare footage of ballet icons Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and more.

American Masters: American Ballet at 75

Ric Burns (New York) presents this rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies, from its earliest days as a small, financially struggling collective, to its pinnacle as one of the most respected and revered dance companies in the world. With unprecedented access to the company, witness dramatic live performances in Paris and Havana; grueling rehearsals at ABT's flagship studio in New York City; and slow-motion captures at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y., with iconic dances by Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Marcelo Gomes, Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, Joseph Gorak, and Cory Stearns, who were chosen by artistic director Kevin McKenzie to illustrate the ABT dancers' formidable technicality, intricate artistry, and nuanced emotion.

This comprehensive inside look at the world of professional ballet includes archival photos and rare footage of ballet icons Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as artists pivotal to the company's formation, including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; and contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. 

Producer: Katie O'Rourke, Ric Burns, Bonnie Lafave
Production Company: Steeplechase Films, Inc and Thirteen Production LLC's Amercian Masters for WNET
Production Year: 2015
Copyright Year: 2015
Rating: TV-PG
Actors: Jennifer Homans, Kevin McKenzie, Julie Kent
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 106 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
DVI: N
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Daisy
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4.0 star rating
11/02/20
Beautiful but slow moving ...
Review by Daisy on 11/02/20 review stating Beautiful but slow moving ...
There are beautiful insights and glimpses into history. You need a quiet evening to watch the whole thing as it takes its time to unfold.
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Windy
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
Amazing and awe inspiring
Review by Windy on 11/02/20 review stating Amazing and awe inspiring
This program builds a new appreciation for dance and an awe for those who literally give their bodies to create this beauty. The development of ABT has established America as a respected center for ballet and artistry. There is surely hope for all of mankind after seeing such dedication to becoming the best of human beings through the arts.
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Pheb
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
fantastic!
Review by Pheb on 11/02/20 review stating fantastic!
I actually bought it so I could watch it a second time. it was so interesting- all the history of ballet.
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Carol B.
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
Excellent historically and artistically
Review by Carol B. on 11/02/20 review stating Excellent historically and artistically
I learned things about the history of ballet that Id never heard before. Anyone who loves dance will be fascinated by the details of how/where it all began, how it was maintained during hard times, and how/where it thrives. I couldnt get enough of the snippets of great dancers performing in great ballets. My only minor criticism is there were two few of these and the were too short. I wish the film had been a half hour longer with more ballet. The thing I liked best was that many of the dances were shown in slow motion - what a treat! What a revelation! To see perfection open up before your eyes at speed slow enough to appreciate every single point of artistic and athletic accomplishment is a treasure worth far, far more than cost of this CD.
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Grandma
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
beautiful artistic
Review by Grandma on 11/02/20 review stating beautiful artistic
All the grand daughters nieces want to be ballerinas so this is great and the boys love to move so it gives them permission in spite of a few backward fathers.
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Elsie
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
Fascinating, and great fun to watch. Very inspiring, too.
Review by Elsie on 11/02/20 review stating Fascinating, and great fun to watch. Very inspiring, too.
This is something Ill watch over and over again. Its fascinating to see the history of American Ballet Theater, and Julie Kents presentation is wonderful. Her love of the art form and of the people who have put their mark on ABT is a joy to see and hear.
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Po P.
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
Beautiful dancing!
Review by Po P. on 11/02/20 review stating Beautiful dancing!
I enjoyed watching the video a lot. History of ABT is well told and the dancers are exquisite, beautiful and so skillful!
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Love B.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/02/20
FANTASTIC, GORGEOUS, SOUL BENDING!
Review by Love B. on 11/02/20 review stating FANTASTIC, GORGEOUS, SOUL BENDING!
THE ONLY THING BETTER IS TO SEE THEM IN PERSON! BEING A FORMER BALLERINA, I TRULLY APPRECIATE THE WORK AND EXTREME DEDICATION, IT TAKES TO BECOME THESE BEAUTIFUL AND GREAT DANCERS. MY HUSBAND AND I TRAVEL TO NEW YORK EVERY YEAR, TO SEE ALL OF THESE PERFORMERS! THIS DVD IS STUNNING, AS ALL THE PRODUCTIONS OF PBS. THE BACK STORY IS A MUST, TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF DANCE. NOT TO BE MISSED! HOPE PBS SHOWS MORE DANCE.
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Tim
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5.0 star rating
11/02/20
Inspiring
Review by Tim on 11/02/20 review stating Inspiring
If the slow motion shots dont make tears come to your eyes, I dont want to know you! Spectacular!
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Cyndee
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Worth the Money
Review by Cyndee on 07/17/20 review stating Worth the Money
If you enjoy history and ballet this is a wonderful informative production. Worth every penny, at least for me it was.


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