A figure skating and modern dance fantasia.
A spectacular ice fantasia featuring the Olympic skating champions, Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay, and former world champion, Brian Orser. Set to the music of the symphonic masterpiece by Gustav Holst, this dazzling production incorporates both solo and ensemble ice dance, precision group skating and synchronized swimming. The setting is Mount Olympus with a starry firmament all around, and the elaborate ice and dance show as entertainment for the gods.
Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Produced by Rhombus Media
Music by Gustav Holst
Charles Dutoit conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The dancers include Sonia Rodriguez, Owen Montague and members of the Toronto Dance Theatre. The choreography is by the internationally renowned Lar Lubovitch.
Grade Level: Grades 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1995
Copyright Date: 1994
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-752-3
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-620-8
"Bedazzles the aficionado of modern dance...Recommended."
"Spectacular...in its beauty, grace and adoration of the pure flame of imagination...a sublimely elegant celebration of visual, aural and bodily splendour...a remarkably successful cross-fertilization of the popular and high performance arts"
"Skating never looked like this before. Neither has dance, (or) swimming... THE PLANETS... has all three-and at the same time."
The Toronto Star
"Modern dance has seldom seemed more accessible...a lovely interpretation"
Awards and Festivals
Gold Camera Award, US International Film & Video Festival
Gold Award, WorldFest Houston
Best Performing Arts & Best Direction, Gemini Awards
GRAMMY Nomination: Best Music Video-Long Form
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film Festival
Golden Sheaf Nomination, Yorkton Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Dance on Camera Festival
Nominated, Cable Ace Awards
Nominated, The New York Festivals
Nominations, Prix Gémeaux Festival Inernationall du Film sur l'Art
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