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Zorba the Greek, Mikis Theodorakis (ballet)
World prèmiere on DVD
A world prèmiere now on DVD! The unique existing video recording of Zorba the Greek ballet by Mikis Theodorakis from the biggest open theater in the world. Recorded live in August 1990 at the Arena di Verona. Directed for video by Luigi Bonori.
Main features Ballet in two acts and 22 scenes, Music by Mikis Theodorakis, based on the novel of Nikolais Kazantzakis Location: Arena di Verona Orchestra, Choir, Corp de ballet: Arena di Verona Conductor: Mikis Theodorakis Stage Director: Mikis Theodorakis Stage Designer: Lorca Massine Main Interpreters: Vladimir Vassiliev (Zorba), Gheorghe Iancu (John), Luciana Savignano (Marina), Rosalba Garavelli (Madame Ortense), Diego Ciavatti (Yorgos), Sofia Mikailidou (Singer), Costas Papadopulos (Buzuki player), Pantelis Kamezis (Buzuki player)
About the opera John, a well-educated America tourist, arrives in a non specified place in Greece and is fascinated by the Greek traditions. He tries to integrate into the community, but the people, who see him as an 'outsider', are hostile towards him. Only Zorba, who possesses a great sense of friendship and a prejudice-free spirit , becomes close to John and a profound bond is formed between them. Zorba becomes a teacher for John who informs him of everything he needs to know about life and the problems which might be put in front of him. John falls in love with Marina, a young widow with whom Jorgos is also in love. Marina chooses John, and the people, interpreting this choice as a form of betrayal, condemn her to death. John, broken-hearted, isn't strong enough to deal with the pain. Zorba intervenes therefore and invites him to perform a liberating dance, which both celebrates and surpasses his suffering in the knowledge that life continues and one has to go on living. A short time later Madame Hortense, an ex-cabaret star with whom Zorba had had a passionate love affair, passes away. Death brings ill-ease and sadness also to Zorba; and this time John, reminding his master of the teachings he had learnt from him, urges him to perform the same liberating dance to restore life back in him. The energy and the Philosophy of the dance by Zorba and John entice the people to come together and join them to celebrate friendship and liberty, revoking the drama which they had just lived through.
Product details World prèmiere DVD including: > 1 DVD9 with full recording > Multi-language booklet with the plot and track list
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Release date: November 2008 Catalogue nr.: DMM-518 Video format: 4:3 NTSC Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DD 5.1 Menu: GB Booklet: GB, D, F, I, E Region code: 0 (worldwide) Running time: 117 min
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