Program notes and synopsis in English, French, and German inserted in container.
Originally produced in 2001.
Extra features: Nijinska's world; Rehearsals.
"The Royal Ballet's glorious Stravinsky Double Bill unleashes the spectacular production of "The Firebird" with the stark beauty of "Les Noces," magically choreographed by the legendary Nijinska."--Container.
Publisher's nos.: OA 0833 D.
Firebird: Mikhail Fokine, choreography ; Les noces: Bronislava Nijinska, choreography ; television producer, Bob Lockyer.
Dancers: Firebird: Leanne Benjamin, Jonathan Cope, Genesia Rosato, David Drew. Les noces: Zenaida Yanowsky, David Pickering ; Royal Ballet ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London; John Carewe, conductor.
Date/Time and Place of Event
Filmed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Firebird: Prince Ivan goes into an enchanted garden where he surprises the firebird and catches her. He agrees to release her in return for a feather and a promise that she will return if he should need help. Twelve princesses come into the garden. The prince's favorite, Tsarevna tells him that they are held captive by Kostcheï. Ivan confronts Kostcheï, who tries to turn him to stone. Using his promise, Ivan has the firebird use her powers to make Kostcheï's henchman dance to exhaustion. Ivan steals a magical egg that he breaks open, ending the spell keeping the princesses imprisoned. Ivan takes Tsarevna back to his city.
La noces: presents the ritual of a Russian folk wedding in dance form.
DVD, NTSC; all regions; Dolby digital 5.1 or 2.0.