10.6 C
New York
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Advertisement

Schröder: Chaplin [Leipziger Ballet] Blu-ray Review

shroder-chaplin-leipzig-bluray-cover

– –

The Performance

[Rating:4/5]

title

Chaplin begins with brief film clips from the title character’s life as introduced by choreographer Mario Schröder and some of the principal dancers in this new ballet. Schröder, a lifelong fan of the Chaplin character and work, has created a ballet that focuses on the central character of the Little Tramp danced by a woman (Amelia Waller) and his real-life counterpart (Tyler Galster).

cane

After a brief introduction, featuring John Adams’ highly syncopated Lollapalloza, the remaining 19 selections (listed below) move chronologically through Chaplin’s life and loves with widely varied musical selections:

  • Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci-Prologue
  • Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 1-Postlude
  • Kurt Schwertsik: With Giant Boots
  • Peteris Vasks: Symphony for Strings “Voices”-1. Voices of Silence
  • Charlie Chaplin: “Modern Times”. Suite for Orchestra
  • Colin Matthews: Fourth Sonata
  • Charlie Chaplin: Lunchtime
  • Charlie Chaplin: Gold Rush Waltz
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances
  • Charlie Chaplin: Blind Flower Girl
  • Charlie Chaplin: Smile
  • Hans Werner Henze: Symphony No.2
  • Charles Ives: The Housatonic at Stockbridge
  • John Adams: The Chairman Dances
  • Timpani and Percussion Solo
  • Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Overture
  • Benjamin Britten: Storm
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

Schröder’s choreography is certainly a reflection of our times with herky-jerky moves, occasional break-dancing, and Wayne McGregor-like physical contortion. The sets are based on a central enclosure that is rearranged for each dance with the occasional use of projections.  Supporting roles are undertaken as follows: Urania Lobo Garcia (Mother), Alexander Teutscher (Father), Vanessa Shield (Mildred), Isis Calil de Albuquerque (Paulette), Romy Avemarg (Oona), and Oliver Preiss (The Great Dictator).

all2

This 2013 Leipzig Opera House production gives us a definitive performance of this ballet, created specifically for the company. The use of two dancers for the title role conveys effectively the duality of the Chaplin persona that merges by the end of the program. The video concludes with Schröder and Waller offering a few more thoughts about Chaplin’s character and the music chosen with additional film clips.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

head

Images are crisp and clean with nice colors. The cameras do a decent job, alternating between shots close enough to see beads of sweat on the dancers’ faces, and the many full stage panoramas.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

bend

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio surround track is atmospheric with good orchestral sound from the pit and minimal stage noise.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

undies

Aside from the brief introduction and postscript (noted above) we get only trailers from EuroArts. A program booklet describes the creative process and provides a synopsis of the ballet.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

red

“Clever” can be a double-edged term when applied to art. In this case, it sums up Mario Schröder’s take on the Chaplin story from beginning to end. I had initial doubts about how the eclectic music selections would work as a whole but once mated with the various dances, I can assure viewers that they work quite well. There is both a dramatic and musical arc to this ballet and, in the end, it is a touching piece of dance craft. The show is stolen, not surprisingly, but the amazing performance of dancer Waller whose Little Tramp is spot on. Traditionalists may balk at the “new” choreography but ballet newcomers will love the ebb and flow of Chaplin. While I belong to the former camp, I can state unreservedly that I thoroughly enjoyed this production (actually viewed it twice). Approach with an open mind and you will get a great watch.

Additional Screen Captures

[amazon-product region=”uk” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-21″]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product region=”ca” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-20″]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

ball

heads

hold

drag

stop

hold

[amazon-product region=”uk” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-21″]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product region=”ca” tracking_id=”bluraydefinit-20″]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product]B00ITN5RH6[/amazon-product]

Advertisement

Related Articles

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Blu-ray Review)

This is an uneven but still fun to watch sequel to the 2016 smash hit zombie/action movie lands on Blu-ray with a rollicking Atmos mix.

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

300FansLike
0FollowersFollow
725FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Blu-ray Review)

This is an uneven but still fun to watch sequel to the 2016 smash hit zombie/action movie lands on Blu-ray with a rollicking Atmos mix.

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.

The Irishman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated (Best Director) late career crime world epic gets the Criterion Collection treatment it deserves.
%d bloggers like this: