Two classic performances gathered from the BBC archives. 'Les Sylphides' is a 1953 studio performance featuring Alicia Markova, Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin and John Field. 'Giselle' is a 1958 recording featuring Nadia Nerina, Nicolai Fadeyechev and Margaret Hill. This is their first release on DVD.
These two valuable studio performances comprise rare archive material featuring internationally renowned dancers released for the first time on DVD. Les Sylphides, introduced by one of the founders of modern British ballet, Tamara Karsavina, is one of the earliest examples of a complete filmed ballet in the BBC archives. The production boasts a stellar cast, including Alicia Markova, Prima Ballerina Assoluta and Founder and President of English National Ballet. Markova, invited by Diaghilev to join his Ballet Russes at just fourteen, was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company. Svetlana Beriosova became a prima ballerina at Sadlers Wells in 1955, and Violetta Elvin, one of the Bolshois most promising talents was often seen as Fonteyns closest rival. Giselle, one of the most popular ballets from the Romantic era, features Nadia Nerina in the title role. Renowned as the best technician at Covent Garden in the 1950s and 1960s, Nerina was famous for her acrobatic lifts.
Actors: Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin, Alicia Markova, John Field, Nadia Nerina
Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
Subtitles: French, German
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: ICA Classics
DVD Release Date: 31 May 2011
Run Time: 92 minutes
In very good condition throughout.