starring various artists:
Dance Co., Vol 1 & 2
Moiseyev: His World of Dance
Vincente Fernández Flamenco Co.
From Granada to Jerez
Art of the Pas de Deux
of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 2
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 3
McBride, Olsen, others
of Russian Ballet, Vol 1 & 2
of Russian Ballet, Vol. 3 & 4
of the Russian Ballet
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 1
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 2
- alphabetically by artist:
Prima Ballerina Assoluta
Bell Telephone Hour
Cynthia Gregory, Live
France's Ballerina Assoluta
Portrait of a Great
An Evening with
with Fernando Bujones,
Three Modern Ballets
Comme les Oiseaux - A Portrait
Katia & Volodia
Katia & Volodia
Violette & Mr.
Alphabetically by Ballet
de la Fée
Carmen Suite Ballet
Barbieri, Ashmole, Bintley,
Pavlova, Gordeev. others
Zyryanova, Stepanov, Korzhakova,
Fracci, Bortoluzzi, Razzi, Telloli
Danilova, Franklin, Danielian
Humpbacked Horse, The
Dolgushin, Smirnova, others
Murro, Sutera, Carbone
Morse, Katrak, Reeder, others
Rite of Spring
Romeo and Juliet
Fonteyn, Somes, Ashton
Vasiliev, Bessmertnova, Liepa
Vasiliev, Maximova, Liepa
Erik Bruhn, Toni Lander,
and Stanley Williams
Royal Danish Ballet, 1948
/ Fragments of a Biography
Timofeyeva, Aleksei Fadeyechev,
VAI DVD 4495 $34.95
Spartacus is one of Aram Khachaturian’s most popular works.
Based on events surrounding the Third Servile War, the scenario follows
the exploits of the leader of a slave uprising against the Romans.
Although the work was premiered in Leningrad in 1956, it was the
1968 Bolshoi production, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich and starring
Vladimir Vasiliev, that achieved the greatest acclaim for the ballet.
This DVD presents a complete live performance of that production,
featuring the stars who made it famous. 137 min., Black & white,
mono, 4:3, All regions.
Ballet in Three Acts
Music by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich (b. 1927)
Vladimir Vasiliev (Spartacus) • Ekaterina Maximova (Phrygia)
Maris Liepa (Crassus) • Nina Timofeyeva (Aegina)
The Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
Algis Zhuraitis, conductor
Live Performance, 1970
Synopsis and Chapter Selection
 After an orchestral prelude,  the curtain rises to show the
Roman consul Crassus returning to Rome from his latest conquests
in a triumphal procession. Among his captives are the Thracian king
Spartacus and his wife Phrygia. [3-4] Spartacus laments his captivity
and bids a bitter farewell to Phrygia, who is taken off to join Crassus’ harem
of concubines.  The scene moves to an orgy at the palace of Crassus.
 To amuse his entourage, Crassus orders Spartacus to be blindfolded
and sent into the gladiatorial ring where he is forced to kill a
close friend.  Horrified at his deed, Spartacus incites his fellow
captives to rebellion.
 The escaped captives, encamped along the Appian Way, celebrate
their freedom.  Spartacus and Phrygia are reunited. [10-12]
Crassus entertains the Roman patricians with a lavish entertainment,
attended by Aegina, who has long dreamed of seducing Crassus and
gaining power over him.  Spartacus and his men disrupt the
orgy.  Spartacus challenges Crassus to a duel and Crassus is
 Crassus, tormented by his disgrace, is prodded by Aegina to
take revenge.  Aegina discovers Spartacus’s camp and
observes the lovers emerging from their tent the next morning.
 Spartacus and Phrygia dance the famous Adagio. 
Their serenity is broken by news that Crassus’ forces, set
on by Aegina, are approaching the camp. Spartacus rallies his own
men in defense, but some resist and threaten to abandon him. 
Aegina infiltrates the ranks of those inclined to abandon Spartacus.
She seduces them with wine and erotic dances, setting them up for
their capture by Crassus upon his arrival in the camp. [20-21]
Crassus and his army enter the camp and battle with Spartacus,
who is killed.  Spartacus’ loyal followers recover his
body and carry it off while Phrygia leads the mourning.
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