I knew I would love this. I have been a fan of the Trocks for years. This is threateningly titled Program 1, and features Swan Lake Act II, Le Corsaire pdd, Go For Barocco, The Dying Swan and Raymonda's Wedding. Music is by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, but I couldn't tell if they were playing live at the recording or not.
The DVD is very well shot, with the exception of the Dying Swan. There are a couple of miss placed closeups in this piece which detract from the humour of it.
The opening screen, the menu selection, has Sylphia Belchick performing endless foutettes (it is very hard to spot the join), and allows you do jump to which ever scene that you want. It took me a bit of fiddling to get the sound to work, but I think if I owned a DVD player rather than having to use my PC, it would just work.
Swan Lake features most of the well known bits of the choreography all done in the Trocks own inimitable style. The four cygnets has some lovely subtle sendups in it. Le Corsaire pdd is danced almost straight, and I rate it among the best performances of this piece anywhere. The attack is electrifying. One thing a chap on pointe can do is give a piece some wellie.
Go For Barocco is the perfect Balanchine send up. Mr B was a fan of the Trocks and I am sure he would give his seal of approval. The Dying Swan is intact with the long applause, which is so important to the piece. In fact, the applause is there for all works. Raymonda is well Raymonda; big, bold and brash.
There is an interview too with the AD Tory Dobrin. The interviewer is barely audible. Thankfully there are English subtitles that you can activate. Dobrin gives a potted history of the company, explains where there repertoire is so huge (rivals POB or the Bolshoi in number of works) and why ballet should be performed in tutus. Trog concurs.
The liner notes give a potted history of the company and has biographies of their great dances. With names like Svetlana Lofatkina, Margeaux Mundeyn and Mikhail Pypansarov, they really are a force to be reckoned with!
Program 2 is apparently Les Sylphides, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Yes Virginia - Another Piano Ballet, The Dying Swan and Paquita. I haven't seen it in the record shop, so I will have to order it.
I think Program 1 is also available on video. A must buy for all true balletomanes!