26 November 2012

Pharaoh's Daughter

La Fille du Pharaon
The Pharaoh's Daughter
Дочь Фараона
chor. Marius Petipa (1862)
recension Pierre Lacotte  (2000)

simulcast from Moscow 25 November 2012
Bolshoi Ballet
with Svetlana Zakharova (Aspicia, Pharaoh's daughter),
Ruslan Skvortsov (Lord Wilson, Taor)

It takes the full resources of a great company to restore and mount a blockbuster production like this with huge cast and massive sets, a tour de force from beginning to end. The animated and virtuoso dance of principals Svetlana Zakharova and Ruslan Skvortsov was memorable.

Artists in the photo are Artem Ovcharenko and Natalia Osipova, who did not perform to-day.

24 November 2012

Waltz with Bashir

Vals im Bashir  (Israel/France/Germany,  2008) 

ואלס עם באשיר‎

Waltz with Bashir

dir. Ari Folman

rating: ✭✭✭✭

A remarkable and chilling, animated, personal documentary about the Israel-Lebanon war of 1982, leading to massacre in the camps of Sabra and Shatila.