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Bournonville School, The

Synopsis
The Bournonville Schools, devised by the ballet master and choreographer August Bournonville, have been handed down through generations without the benefit of firm documentation thus risking the loss of authenticity. With the release of these two DVDs, the Bournonville syllabus will be preserved for posterity. The digital recording of all of the schools has long been the stated wish of the Royal Danish Ballet, which until now in its daily training programme has relied on written documentation from 1979 by Kirsten Ralov. The DVDs contain the complete six Bournonville daily classes, based on the originals created by Hans Beck.

The first DVD, which plays for approximately 4 hours, contains a series of short interviews with those involved in making the DVD, the complete Monday to Saturday classes demonstrated by members of the Royal Danish Ballet Thomas Lund, Caroline Cavallo, Gudrun Bojesen, Mads Blangstrup, Fernando Mora, and Kristoffer Sakurai, and an illustrated demonstration of the characteristics of the Bournonville style.

The second DVD contains three complete barres for the classes, and a lecture on Bournonville by Erik Aschengreen, delivered in Danish but with English subtitles.
Language
English
Country
Denmark
Year of release
2005
Year of production
2005
Availability
Out of distribution
Documentation
2 accompanying books containing the written classes and piano scores. It is not possible to purchase the DVDs without the books, but only the complete package.
Subjects
Dance
Keywords
ballet; choreography; Royal Danish Ballet; Bournonville, August

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Availability
Sale
Year
2005

Production Company

Name

Royal Danish Ballet

Distributor

Name

Dance Books Ltd

Web
http://www.dancebooks.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01420 525 299
Address
Southwold
Isington Road
Binsted
GU34 4PH
Hampshire

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