THE ENRICO CECCHETTI DIPLOMA
(DVD and Blu-ray Disc Versions)
Diane van Schoor, master teacher
Dame Darcey Bussell, introduction
Dancers of The Royal Ballet:
James Hay, Chisato Katsura, Romany Pajdak
Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet:
Ruth Brill, Laura Day, Brandon Lawrence, Lachlan Monaghan
Maestro Cav. Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928) devised his method of training based on sound theoretical and anatomical principles. The Cecchetti Method hinges on a programme set over six days of the week, highlighting the rigorous demands and versatility required to be a professional dancer. Precision and speed of footwork, development of terre-à-terre and batterie technique are key aspects of this virtuoso training method.
The Enrico Cecchetti Diploma is the culmination of the study of the Cecchetti Method. It is designed for professional dancers and there is no equivalent in any other system of training. The Diploma has never before been filmed in its entirely as a heritage, educational project.
In this film, the dancers are instructed via discussion on background and various versions of the exercises, and perform all the studies which today make up the Diploma syllabus.
Diploma Sections (in order of syllabus):
- Port de Bras and traditional centre practice
- Centre pirouettes
- En diagonale
- Autour de la salle
- Supplementary pointe steps
- Steps for men
- Diane van Schoor in discussion with dancers
- Directors David Bintley and Kevin O’Hare in discussion
Picture format: NTSC 16:9 / 1080i High Definition
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, Italian, Japanese
Running time: 220 mins (documentary) + 9 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 2 (1x DVD + 1x Blu-ray)
Note: This Blu-ray Disc is playable only on Blu-ray Disc players, and not compatible with standard DVD players.