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compilations or telecasts
starring various artists:

The Astonishing Moiseyev
Dance Co., Vol 1 & 2

Moiseyev: His World of Dance

Vincente Fernández Flamenco Co.
From Granada to Jerez

Art of the Pas de Deux

 all-star compliation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 2
all-star compilation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 3
all-star compilation

Pas de Deux
McBride, Olsen, others

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol 1 & 2

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol. 3 & 4

Stars of the Russian Ballet
Ulanova, Plisetskaya,
Sergeyev, Zhdanov

Nina Ananiashvili
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 1

Nina AnaniashviliI
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 2

& documentary
- alphabetically by artist:

, Alicia
Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Bruhn, Erik
Bell Telephone Hour

Bujones, Fernando
with Cynthia Gregory, Live

, Yvette
France's Ballerina Assoluta

, Jacques
Portrait of a Great
American Dancer

An Evening with

with Fernando Bujones, Live

, José
Three Modern Ballets

Loudières, Monique
Comme les Oiseaux - A Portrait

Malakhov, Vladimir
True Prince

Maximova, Ekaterina
Katia & Volodia

, Rudolph
Bell Telephone Hour

Plisetskaya, Maya

Plisetskaya Dances

with Vasiliev,
Begak, Liepa
Swan Lake
with Bogatirev
The Seagull
with Bogatirev

A Portrait

Tallchief, Maria
Art of

Vasiliev, Vladimir
Katia & Volodia


Violette & Mr. B.
The Artist Teacher

Alphabetically by Ballet

Anna Karenina

Plisetskaya, Godunov
Anna Karenina
Plisetskaya, Petukhov,

Maximova, Vasiliev

Le Baiser de la Fée
Yatsenko, Malakhov

Carmen Suite Ballet
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechv,

Barbieri, Ashmole, Bintley,

Fonteyn, Somes,
Ashton, MacMillan

Don Quixote
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Don Quixote
Pavlova, Gordeev. others

Enchantress, The
Zyryanova, Stepanov, Korzhakova,

Fracci, Bortoluzzi, Razzi, Telloli

Gaîté Parisienne
Danilova, Franklin, Danielian

Tuisova, Rumyantsev

Kain, Augystyn

Nureyev, Fracci
Alonso, Vasiliev

Little Humpbacked Horse, The
Plisetskaya, Vasiliev

Lieutenant Kijé
Vasiliev, Struchkova

Marco Spada
Nureyev, Thesmar

Dolgushin, Smirnova, others

Murro, Sutera, Carbone

Semenyaka, Elagin

Rakes Progress
Morse, Katrak, Reeder, others

Kolpakova, Berezhnoi

Rite of Spring
Galimullin, Tsoi

Romeo and Juliet
Maximova, Vasiliev
Romeo and Juliet
Ulanova, Zhdanov

Plisetkskaya, Bogatirev

Sleeping Beauty
Nureyev, Tennant

Sleeping Beauty

Fonteyn, Somes, Ashton

Vasiliev, Bessmertnova, Liepa
Vasiliev, Maximova, Liepa

Stone Flower
Maximova, Vasiliev

Swan Lake
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechev

Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Bogatirev

Massine's Symphonie Fantastique
Erik Bruhn, Toni Lander,
and Stanley Williams
Royal Danish Ballet, 1948

Trapeze / Fragments of a Biography
Maximova, Vasiliev, Liepa,
Timofeyeva, Aleksei Fadeyechev,
and others.


Gayne (Khachaturian)
VAI DVD 4428, $34.95

The first video release of Khachaturian’s famous ballet, which brought the world the popular “Sabre Dance.” Composed in 1942, this 1980 production stars Larisa Tuisova and Alexander Rumyantsev and the corps de ballet and orchestra of the Latvian Opera and Ballet Company. The choreography, by Boris Eifman, scuttles the original scenario and instead focuses on the shifting relationships among Gayne, Armen and Giko. As in so much of his work, Eifman has created a series of exciting dances flavored with nationalistic flair. Bonus segments include such rarities as a 1964 performance of the final act of Gayne as performed at a Bolshoi Theatre Gala Tribute to Khachaturian, with the composer himself conducting. Color (bonus segments in black & white), 81 minutes (plus bonus = 47 minutes), Mono, All regions.


Music by Aram Khachaturian
Choreography by Boris Eifman

Gayne: Larisa Tuisova
Giko: Alexander Rumyantsev
Armen: Gennady Gorbanev
Machak: Maris Korystin

Latvian Opera and Ballet Company
Alexander Viljumanis, cond.

Bolshoi Theatre • 1980

Bonus Segments:

GAYNE (Final Act)
Performed at Tribute to Aram Khachaturian
Gayne: Nina Timofeyeva • Nune: Elena Cherkavskaya
Armen: Yuri Zhdanov • Karen: Vladimir Koshelev
With Dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor: Aram Khachaturian
Produced by Main Music Dept. with Soviet Television, 1964
Copyright © 1995 Gosteleradiofond

SPARTACUS – Act II: Adagio
Maya Plisetskaya & Maris Liepa
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Produced by Main Music Dept. with Soviet Television, 1971
Copyright © 1995 Gosteleradiofond

GAYNE – Adagio
Nina Timofeyeva & Yuri Kondratov
Produced by Film Production Dept. with Soviet Television, 1958
Copyright © 1995 Gosteleradiofond

SPARTACUS – Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Excerpt from the documentary film A Life in Dance
Natalia Bessmertnova & Yuri Vladimirov
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Produced by EKRAN Productions, 1978
Copyright © 1995 Gosteleradiofond

Though Gayne is rarely mounted by major ballet companies, some of Khachaturian’s score has become ubiquitous through uses far removed from its original setting. In particular, the “Sabre Dance” has reached almost pop status showing up in such diverse settings as The Ed Sullivan Show (plate spinners), British punk rock bands, traveling circuses, dog acts, The Simpsons, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. The more serene Adagio has been heard, most famously, in 2001: a Space Odyssey as well as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Aliens, and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Residuals from these usages should have benefited the Khachaturian estate considerably.

The ballet, itself, has never achieved the popularity of Spartacus, Khachaturian’s opus magnum, despite its attractive score. Choreographed in 1942 by Nina Anisimova, Gayne was first produced by the Kirov Ballet which had been evacuated to Perm during the war. The original cast included Anisimova, Natalia Dudinskaya (Gayne), Nikolai Zubkovsky (Karen), Konstantin Sergeyev (Armen)
and Boris Shavrov (Giko).

The story, originally set in a farm collective, carried a fair amount of nationalistic baggage. It was ballet as poster art, but was, nonetheless, compelling in its convictions. The version choreographed by Boris Eifman scuttled the original scenario, focusing instead on the shifting relationships among Gayne, Armen and Giko. As in so much of his work, Eifman has created a series of exciting dances flavored, in Gayne, with nationalistic flair. The fourth act of the ballet, containing some of the score’s most spirited music, was revived by Anisimova for the Bolshoi Ballet in 1961. Included here as a bonus selection, and featuring such Bolshoi stars as Nina Timofeyeva and Yuri Zhdanov, the great Bolshoi stage resonates with unbridled energy and excitement.

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