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Wright, Peter 1926-

Overview
Works: 107 works in 297 publications in 4 languages and 3,291 library holdings
Genres: Filmed ballets  Nonfiction films  Televised ballets  Filmed performances  Ballet films  Drama  Filmed dance  Ballets (Music)  Filmed lectures  Fantasy television programs 
Roles: Author, Choreographer, Director, Performer, Producer, Dancer, Contributor, Editor, Illustrator, Scenarist
Classifications: GV1790.N8, 792.842
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter Wright
The nutcracker by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

63 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tchaikovsky's musical setting of the Christmas fantasy by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with musical scenario revised by Peter Wright
Wrights & wrongs : my life in dance by Peter Wright( )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Wright has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer and director in the theatre as well as in television for over 70 years. His many productions of classic ballets are danced by companies not only in Britain but also in North and South America, Australia, Japan and all over Europe. His production of "Giselle" has been danced by the National Ballet of Canada for over 40 years; Birmingham Royal Ballet, the company he created, has performed his "Swan lake" for 35 years and "The sleeping beauty" for over 30 years, a production Wright staged in Budapest in April 2016. Similarly, his different stagings of "The nutcracker" at Covent Garden and in Birmingham have charmed audiences for over three decades. While now regarded as a major figure of the British ballet establishment, for many years Wright developed his career outside London, particularly in Germany with John Cranko's Stuttgart Ballet. That distance gives him a unique and unrivalled view on ballet companies. His close association with Ninette de Valois, Founder of The Royal Ballet and choreographers Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley gives Wright an authoritative and unrivalled perspective on British ballet. In "Wrights & Wrongs", Wright offers his often surprising views of today's dance world, lessons learned - and yet to learn - from a lifetime's experience of ballet, commercial theatre and television. He made his debut as a dancer with the Ballets Jooss in 1943. He created his first ballet, "A blue rose", for Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, performed at the Royal Opera House in 1957. In 1961 he joined John Cranko's Stuttgart company as ballet master, choreographing several ballets and mounting his first production of "Giselle". In 1970 he joined The Royal Ballet as Associate Director to Kenneth MacMillan. In 1977 he was appointed Director of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, supervising the company's transformation into Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990. The titel Director Laureate was conferred on him by Princess Margaret on his retirement from the company in 1995. Since then he has continued to stage his productions of the classics and his own ballet around the world, coaching successive generation of dancers. In 1991 Wright was made a fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and has received honorary doctorates from London and Birmingham universities. Knighted in 1993, he is the recipient of many awards, a Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Patron of the London Ballet Circle
Swan lake by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Tchaikovsky's universally popular ballet, performed by The Royal Swedish Opera Ballet Company. First staged in 1877, Swan Lake continues to be the most universally popular of the classical ballets, both for its music and its story. Wright and Samsova originally created the version performed here for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in 1981. This version is renowned for its beauty and clear narration, with a rich choreography blending the Russian and British classical traditions
Giselle by Ross MacGibbon( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Royal Ballet performs Marius Petipa's version of the ballet Giselle
The sleeping beauty( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in Undetermined and English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great pas de deux( Visual )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top dancers of the 20th century perform pas de deux from popular ballets
Giselle by Adolphe Adam( Visual )

7 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opens with a short segment in which Fernando Bujones gives a brief history and synopsis of the ballet, which tells the story of Giselle, a peasant girl, who goes mad and dies of a broken heart when she discovers that her beloved is a nobleman already betrothed to another. Her spirit becomes one of the Wilis, the lost souls of young women who died betrayed in love
Dance masterclass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insight into the dedication and hard work required by all dancers to bring their performance to the peak of perfection. This fourth of four workshops takes viewers behind the scenes to watch Britain's leading dance companies in rehearsal. In this video, follow Peter Wright's direction of Giselle, Act 2, at Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London
Dance masterclass( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insight into the dedication and hard work required by all dancers to bring their performance to the peak of perfection. This third of four workshops takes viewers behind the scenes to watch Britain's leading dance companies in rehearsal. In this video, follow Peter Wright's direction of Giselle, Act 1, at Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London
Swan lake by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prince Siegfried sees a swan on the lake who turns into the enchanted princess Odette. She can only be saved by the true love of another. This the Prince promises her, but he is tricked by a wicked magician who disguises his daughter as the swan-maiden. Siegfried and his love leap to their death thus destroying the evil power of the magician
An English ballet : Ninette de Valois by Ninette De Valois( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A celebration of Ninette de Valois, one of the most brilliant women of the 20th century, whose influence on the world of dance will be felt and appreciated for many centuries to come. Includes the only copy of Ninette De Valois' famed article on the future of ballet known to be in existence
The sleeping beauty (1890) by Holland Symfonia( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Dutch and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ballet originally choreographed in 1890. Good fairies bestow gifts on the infant princess Aurora, but the uninvited evil fairy, Carabosse, arrives and puts a curse on the child - one day she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy then moderates this to a promise that she will merely fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awakened by a prince's kiss. At the princess's 16th birthday celebration, a disguised Carabosse gives her a bouquet with a spindle hidden, and Aurora pricks her finger. The Lilac Fairy puts the whole kingdom to sleep along with Aurora. One hundred years later, Prince Florimund falls in love with the Lilac Fairy's image of Aurora, and battles Carabosse's creatures and other obstacles to reach the princess and break the spell. Finally, the entire court assembles for the wedding celebration
Tchaikovsky ballet masterpieces : extracts from Sleeping beauty, Swan Lake & the nutcracker( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950's, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released for the first time. The perfect partners, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes give stunning performances with Fonteyn at her most beguiling as Aurora in Sleeping beauty, the ballet in which she and the Sadler's Wells ballet made their historic American debut in 1949"--Container
Checkmate( Visual )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performance of a ballet in one act with prologue which was created in 1937. It portrays a game of love and death played according to the rules of chess
The sleeping beauty by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uitvoering in het Muziektheater Amsterdam in 2003
Tchaikovsky ballet masterpieces by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

2 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950's, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released for the first time. The perfect partners, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes give stunning performances with Fonteyn at her most beguiling as Aurora in Sleeping beauty, the ballet in which she and the Sadler's Wells ballet made their historic American debut in 1949."--Container
The lady and the fool by England) Royal Opera House (London( Visual )

1 edition published in 1959 and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Cranko (1927-1973) was a master of the story ballet. Though his work might have been considered anachronistic at a time when Neo-classicism had taken choreographic hold with the dominance of George Balanchine, Cranko's dance dramas have enjoyed enduring success. For the musical setting for The Lady and the Fool, Mackerras turned to the music of Verdi, extracting less familiar music from fifteen of his operas. He managed to fashion a particulary effective score for the somewhat darker mood of this second collaboration with Cranko, who provided both the scenario and the choreography. The Lady and the Fool premiered in Oxford on 25 February 1954, the London premiere taking place at Sadler's Wells Theatre just a month later. It did not enjoy immediate success. Cranko's choreography for the corps de ballet in the central ballroom scene lacked his usual inventiveness; he seemed to be creatively coasting. And he was not helped by his designer, who had worked mostly as a painter and had little experience in the theatre arts. Cranko had the opportunity to rework the ballet for a Covent Garden opening on 9 July 1955 and it was much more tightly focused. Some of the ancllary characters were dropped completely, helping to emphasise the relationships among the principal protagonists. The décor was also greatly improved, and the orchestra was augmenting, resulting in a more luxurious soundscape. The three main characters in The Lady and the Fool are two itinerant clowns, Moondog and Bootface, and La Capricciosa, a masked beauty. Moondog and Bootface have fallen asleep on a bench near the palace of Signor Midas. La Capricciosa passes the clowns on her way to the palace, where a ball is being held, and she invites them to join her. At the masked ball, the clowns entertain the guests while La Capricciosa is pursued by three of Signor Midas' aristocratic guests, but she rejects them, and when she is finally alone, she removes her mask as Moondog enters the ballroom. He instantly falls in love with her and she with him, much to the consternation of her other suitors and of Bootface, who has unsuccessfully tried to attract some of the debutantes at the ball. La Capricciosa and Moondog leave together, but return to take Bootface with them. In the final scene, the trio returns to the bench where the clowns were sleeping earlier and curls up to sleep as the curtains falls
The nutcracker by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tchaikovsky's musical setting of the Christmas fantasy with musical scenario revised by Peter Wright and the dancing of the Royal Ballet
Sleeping beauty : Marius Petipa's iconic ballet in Amsterdam : rehearsals of the Dutch National Ballet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Dutch and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two stars of the ballet world gathered for Petipa's Sleeping Beauty: choreographer Sir Peter Wright and ballerina Sofiane Sylve. The Sleeping Beauty is a much-loved fairytale: Princess Aurora is put into a deep sleep by the Lilac Fairy to prevent death by the curse of the evil fairy Carabosse, only to be awakened with a kiss by handsome Prince Florimund a century later. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in 1890 in Russia, it has become a much-loved classical ballet and a perennial delight that combines in a single work all the charms and virtuosity that ballet has to offer. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright is here sharing his work on the ballet, largely inspired by Petipa's legacy. He highlights the importance of story-telling through the movements of the dancers, which are similar to mime at some points. This production for the Dutch National Ballet in 2003 features French ballerina Sofiane Sylve as Aurora. According to her, the difficulty of the Sleeping Beauty lies in always giving the impression of waking up from a hundred-year sleep! In this documentary, she shares her feelings on dancing for the Dutch National Ballet and for the New York City Ballet
The nutcracker : ballet in two acts by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballet, based on Nussknacker und Massekönig by E.T.A. Hoffmann
 
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An English ballet : Ninette de Valois
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An English ballet : Ninette de Valois
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Peter Wright Britischer Ballettlehrerin, geboren 1926

Peter Wright British ballet teacher, choreographer, director and former professional dancer

Peter Wright Brits choreograaf

Peter Wright professeur de ballet britannique, né en 1926

Wright, Peter Sir 1926-

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