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Royal Ballet

Works: 1,071 works in 1,984 publications in 6 languages and 23,660 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Children's films  Film adaptations  Animated films  Nonfiction films  Juvenile works  Filmed ballets  Fantasy films  Musical films  Televised ballets 
Roles: Performer, Dancer, Editor, Other, Production personnel
Classifications: PN1997.5, 792.842
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Tales of Beatrix Potter by John Lanchbery( Visual )

27 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of storyteller Beatrix Potter comes to life in this ballet through the magic of music and dance
Sleeping Beauty by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on December 5, 2006. Features the Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Valeriy Ovsyanikov. Alina Cojocaru and Federico Bonelli star in the production
Romeo and Juliet : ballet in three acts by Sergey Prokofiev( Visual )

31 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famed Royal Ballet production of MacMillan's work, featuring Nureyev and Fonteyn
The nutcracker : the untold story by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

25 editions published between 1969 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The chief attraction of this 1968 adaptation is Rudolf Nureyev, who had defected to the West in 1961. This is his adaptation of the work, and the dancing is very classical, the costumes sumptuous, and the orchestra sparkling. The production made ballerina Merle Park a star. At a Christmas party, Clara is presented with the elegant Nutcracker prince by her doting godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. The Nutcracker is broken and Clara is devastated. That night, Clara dreams about the Nutcracker prince: he comes to life, fights off a Rat King and his minions, and takes her to his kingdom
Swan lake by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

18 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Swan Lake is regarded as one of the greatest works in the art of ballet. The magic of Tchaikovsky's music, embodying the love of Prince Siegfried for the enchanted Swan Queen, has greatly contributed to making this the best-loved of all classical ballets ... Prince Siegfried celebrates his twenty-first birthday; his mother tells him it is time to marry, but he prefers to go hunting. Alone, by a lakeside, he sees a swan who turns to human form. She is an enchanted princess who can be saved only by ture love. He promises this, but is tricked by the wicked magician who disguises his own daughter as the swan-maiden"--Container
Ballet spectacular : a young ballet lover's guide and an insight into a magical world by Lisa Miles( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to ballet features facts on the dance discipline's history, basic steps, costumes, and famous dancers, and includes details of iconic performances from the Royal Ballet
Cinderella by Gioacchino Rossini( Visual )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton's take on Perrault's the timeless fairy tale is captured live at the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in this performance starring Dame Margot Fonteyn in the title role. Originally telecast on April 19, 1957 on NBC, this particular incarnation of the Cinderella fable soon became a staple of the Royal Ballet's repertoire, and features Ashton himself in the role of one of the cruel and ugly stepsisters
The nutcracker by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tchaikovsky's musical setting of the Christmas fantasy by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with musical scenario revised by Peter Wright
Mayerling by Franz Liszt( Visual )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Watson takes the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan's compelling ballet which lives out the final eight years of Rudolf's life with its relentless downward spiral of political intrigue, drugs and murder. It culminates with the suicide pact at the hunting lodge - known as Mayerling - between Rudolf and his 17-year-old mistress, Mary Vetsera (Mara Galeazzi)
Alice's adventures in Wonderland by Jonathan Couch( Visual )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lewis Carroll's ever-popular story provides the basis for a spectacular new work from the Royal Ballet, which features an engaging and passionate score as well as breathtaking choreography
The firebird ; & Les noces by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 fille mal gardée by Ferdinand Hérold( Visual )

37 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An archive from 1962, recorded by the BBC with the Royal Ballet of London and the star dancer Nadia Nerina. La Fille mal gardée (literal translation: The Badly Guarded Girl), was presented at its 1789 Bordeaux premiere as Le Ballet de la paille, ou Il n'est qu'un pas du mal au bien (The Ballet of Straw, or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good). Eighteenth-century titles did tend towards verbosity, but in this case one couldn't guess from the title that this ballet told a simple story about young lovers whose betrothal was thwarted by the girl's meddlesome mother who had another candidate in mind. Jean Dauberval has been credited with the original choreography to a score fashioned from a pastiche of popular songs and airs, including music by Joseph Haydn. Just two years later, Dauberval mounted the work, now re-titled La Fille mal gardée, for London's Ballet of the King's Pantheon Theatre. Other productions followed in Venice, Naples, Marseille and Lyon. La Fille mal gardée found its most welcome home in Russia with a string of successful productions beginning in 1800 in Moscow with a staging by Giuseppe Solomoni using the original 1789 pastiche music. The St Petersburg premiere took place some years later in 1818 produced by Charles Didelot, a student of Dauberval. In 1845 Bolshoi Theatre audiences were first introduced to a version of the ballet set to the music of Ferdinand Hérold, a score once presumed lost but rediscovered by ballet historian Ivor Guest and used as a basis for the Royal Ballet 1960 production. Subsequent settings of the ballet by Petipa and Ivanov for St Petersburg (1885) and Aleksandr Gorsky for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet (1901) were particularly well received. Though various productions of La Fille mal gardée were seen in the West, it wasn't until 1940 that American audiences were introduced to the work in a version staged by Bronislava Nijinska for American Ballet Theatre, and based on the Petipa/Ivanov/Gorsky choreography. Companies large and small in the Americas and Canada now regularly feature revivals of the ballet in their repertoire. Of all productions of this venerable work, that devised by Frederick Ashton for London's Royal Ballet is considered definitive. La Fille mal gardée is a comedy with broad strokes for the travesti role of the Widow Simone and the bungling Alain; bittersweet humour for the courtship of Lise and Colas. Ashton neatly balanced the comedic aspects of the ballet with sections of choreographic genius. The pas de deux for Lise and Colas are among his most inspired creations, while the "Dance of the Chickens" in the opening scene and the first-act "Clog Dance" for the Widow Simone are simply hilarious. Ashton was not operating in a creative vacuum. There was enough extant information about the earlier productions of Fille to give him a foundation for his production. He also had the assistance of Tamara Karsavina, whose teacher Pavel Gerdt partnered ballerinas who danced the role of Lise in productions as far back as the late nineteenth century. The present score for the ballet is an amalgam of the Hérold original, new music composed by the Royal Opera House conductor John Lanchbery, parts of the pastiche music from the original production and, for the "Clog Dance," music by Peter Ludwig Hertel used in versions of the ballet from 1864 onwards. Though the score might lack homogeneity, it is more than serviceable, supporting Ashton's whimsical choreography stylishly. The story of La Fille mal gardée is as simple as its bucolic setting. Lise and Colas are in love and wish to marry. Lise's mother, the Widow Simone, has other plans. She has arranged a marriage contract between Lise and Alain, the dim-witted but wealthy son of a landowner, Thomas. Despite Widow Simone's attempts to keep Lise and Colas apart, they manage to steal time together. On the day of the marriage of Lise and Alain, Lise has hidden Colas in her room. When the wedding party arrives, Lise is sent up to her room to put on her wedding dress. When Alain goes to her room to fetch her for the wedding ceremony, she appears in bridal attire accompanied by Colas. Furious, Thomas tears up the wedding contract. Lise and Colas beg Widow Simone to bless their union and she relents. Joy and happiness abound. Ashton's Fille had its first performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 28 January 1960. The cast included Nadia Nerina as Lise, David Blair as Colas, Stanley Holden as Widow Simone, Alexander Grant as Alain and Leslie Edwards as Thomas. Given the ballet's current status, one would have expected the first-night reviews to be ecstatic. Though the evening was a success by any standards, there were some caveats but they quickly dissipated in subsequent performances. Ultimately, Ashton's creation became one of the most beloved works in the repertoire, staged by dozens of companies around the world and performed by some of the greatest dancers of their time. The cast of the premiere was reassembled for a BBC taping two years later, the source for this release. It would be difficult to imagine a more superbly integrated performance. Nerina and Blair are technically and dramatically perfect in their roles. Stanley Holden's drag Widow Simone is a hoot with his "Clog Dance" a triumph of gracelessness, while Alexander Grant's Alain and Leslie Edwards's Thomas are played with shrewd restraint. Ashton's fondness for his captivating ballet was expressed in the following note: 'There exists in my imagination a life in the country of eternally late spring, a leafy pastorale of perpetual sunshine and the humming of bees -- the suspended stillness of a Constable landscape of my beloved Suffolk, luminous and calm.' Calm is in short supply in this often boisterous comedy but sunshine glows everywhere in Ashton's bright, radiant masterpiece. Ernie Gilbert
La bayadère by L Minkus( Visual )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Members of the British Royal Ballet perform the ballet La Bayadere, the tragic love story, set in India, of a temple dancer and a warrior. Based on an ancient Indian poem, Śakuntalā, by Kālidāsa
Giselle by Adolphe Adam( Visual )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a peasant girl (Giselle) who goes mad and dies of a broken heart when she discovers that her beloved is a nobleman betrothed to another
Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell( Visual )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dido and Æneas is Purcell's best loved and most frequently performed work today, it is also England's oldest full opera. In this production, the story based on Virgil's Æneid breathes new life thanks to the movements on stage and the settings. Dido, Queen of Carthage, is in love with Æneas, who has sought refuge at her court following the burning of Troy at the end of the Trojan War. Out of loyalty to her dead husband and her country, she is unwilling to declare her love. Her maid Belinda urges her to tell Æneas her feelings and to be happy again in the aria "Shake the cloud from off your brow." When Æneas arrives and expresses his love for Dido, the queen gives way and admits that she loves him. Belinda leads the chorus in a celebration of the couple's betrothal. But the Sorceress gathers all the evil creatures and the witches to draw up a plan to destruct the burgeoning love. One of the Sorceress's minion will go to Æneas disguised as Mercury in order to remind him of his duty and to tell him that he must leave the queen to found a new city in Italy. As the royal couple take a walk, a storm bursts and separates the two lovers. Æneas is visited by the counterfeit messenger of the gods and is told to leave Carthage. Being torn between his love and his duty, he announces to Dido that he must leave her. When she rejects him, Æneas decides to stay with her but it is too late and Dido dismisses him. She prepares for her own death, turning to Belinda again, begging her to remember her but to forget her tragic fate in the lament "When I am laid in earth." Scottish choreographer Wayne McGregor's production of Dido and Æneas is a combination of ballet and opera, which reminds us of the original form of this work. The opera was written for Josiah Priest, a dance master who ran the Chelsea Boarding School for girls in London, where the premiere took place in 1689, with the residents executing the dance movements. In each instrumental intermezzo, the choreography emphasize the emotions of the characters and illustrate the story. Dancers also become part of the chorus at some points, blending movements with voices and instruments
Discovering ballet by Robin May( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how ballet began, how ballets are produced, and what is taught in a ballet school. Contrasts modern ballet with classical ballet and introduces all-time favorite ballets
Acis and Galatea by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 8th April 2009. Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's new production of Handel's opera in which The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet appear in a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration. Galatea, a nymph and demi-goddess: Danielle de Niese; Acis, a shepherd: Charles Workman; Damon, a shepherd: Paul Agnew; Polyphemus, a giant: Matthew Rose; Coridon, a shepherd: Ji-Min Park; Dancers of The Royal Ballet: Galatea: Lauren Cuthbertson; Acis: Edward Watson; Damon: Steven McRae; Polyphemus: Eric Underwood; Coridon: Paul Kay; The Royal Opera Extra Chorus; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Conductor: Christopher Hogwood; Director: Wayne McGregor"--Alexander Street, resource website
Ballet favourites( Visual )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of excerpts from ballets showcases the talents of many of the greatest dancers of recent years
Sylvia by Léo Delibes( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ashton's Sylvia, originally created for Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1952, has been lovingly restored to its glorious 3-act version in this re-staging by Christopher Newton for the Royal Ballet's 75th anniversary. Starring Britain's favourite ballerina, Darcey Bussell and recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 1st and 5th December 2005
Manon : opéra comique en 5 actes et 6 tableaux by Jules Massenet( Visual )

28 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performance of Massenet's ballet by the Royal Ballet, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The theme is that of a young woman who does not realize that true love is more valuable than riches until it is too late
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