Pink Floyd - Ballets De Marseille - Pink Floyd Ballet
 
Album info
 
Length  : 88:03
Format  : DVD
Rating  : 8
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : Various
Track List
 
01 Menus 00:22
02 Main Movie: Pink Floyd Ballet 38:23
03 Rehearsals (And Live Footage) 05:07
04 Roland Petit Special - La Rose Malade (The Pink Room) 08:45
05 Live In Paris (Audio Only - Slideshow) 30:56
06 One Of These Days (Animation Clip By Ian Emes) 04:30

Notes
Fantastic recording of the Pink Floyd Ballet, recorded somewhere in 1977 (not 1972 - see notes below). Very interesting bonus features, too. All in excellent image and sound quality. This is the PAL version.


About track 02: Pink Floyd Ballet:

- note from the Yeeshkul forums by MOB:
[...] The best quality I've ever seen for the studio ballet (no live music indeed during this part, but it contains however a unique studio version of Careful, especially recorded by the Floyd for Roland Petit, with a slightly faster tempo compared to the regular versions, probably to fit with the choregraphy). [...]

- from the artwork (and notes below):
Back in the early 70's, Roland Petit, a well known French choreographer, approached Pink Floyd in order to start an artistic collaboration.
This resulted in five shows in Marseille (November 22-26, 1972) which did not form part of the scheduled European winter tour.
The programme was divided in three sections:
- Allumez les étoiles
- La rose malade
- The Pink Floyd ballet, in four movements based on:
-- One of these days
-- Careful with that axe, Eugene
-- Obscured by clouds / When you're in
-- Echoes
There was eventually a serie of eight performances set in Paris between January 13th and February 2nd (two shows per day) but the band didn't play live each time (a tape was used when the band didn't play).
The original ballets have never been filmed, so this DVD represents a 1977 studio rendition. While the band wasn't playing on this occasion we have here a rare opportunity to see what the ballet was actually.
But, as the ballet was one of the very first ' melange des genres' attempt to cross pop music and classical dance, there has been some news reports with live sequences. These snippets (and more) are available for the very first time on this DVD.


About track 03: Rehearsals (And Live Footage):

Taken from a news reported as mentioned above. This feature includes (parts of):
- One Of These Days (Rehearsal)
- One Of These Days (Live)
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Rehearsal)
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live)
- Echoes (Live)


About track 04: Roland Petit Special - La Rose Malade (The Pink Room):

The Roland Petit special was recorded in December 1970 and broadcast on ORTF in January 1971. This feature starts with a kind of interview with Roland Petit but switches over to what's known as 'Corrosion', 'La Rose Malade' or 'The Pink Room', Pink Floyd improvising in a kind of pink room. There are hints of (the middle part of) 'Embryo' in this improv.


About track 05: Live In Paris (Audio Only - Slideshow):

Recorded live in Paris, January 13, 1973 (see notes under track 02). The slideshow has images of the ballet and information like programmes and such. Audio tracklist:
- One Of These Days
- Obscured By Clouds
- When You're In
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene
- Echoes
SQ isn't the best but very enjoyable.


About track 06: One Of These Days (Animation Clip By Ian Emes):

A kind of video clip for OOTD, the animation shows dancers dancing to the music sowas definitely inspired by the Roland Petit Ballet.



From the info file:

BALLETS DE MARSEILLE - Pink Floyd Ballet

format: NTSC
ratio : 4:3
video : 6000kbps
audio : Linear PCM 48kHz
sub-titles : English / French

Details and historical background [1]:

Pink Floyd's flirtation with the cultural establishment culminated in the autumn of 1970 with French choreographer Roland Petit's proposed ballet, based on Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and featuring Rudolf Nureyev plus sixty other dancers, which was to have incorporated Floyd compositions performed by the band and a 108 piece orchestra. 'Pretty amazing!', Gilmour gushed to Melody Maker. 'Something nobody in our field has ever done ...' 'Freakier and freakier,' announced Rolling Stone. 'Pink Floyd is now into ballet ...'.

Prior to their lunch in Paris on 4 December with Petit, Nureyev, and Roman Polanski (who hoped to direct a film of the ballet), the Floyd dutifully attempted to familiarize themselves with Proust's eight-volume classic. All found it slow-going, especially Dave, who gave up after eighteen pages. Only Roger managed to struggle past the first book.

By the time Waters, Mason, and Steve O'Rourke got to Paris, however, Petit had decided to set aside Proust in favour of The Arabian Nights. 'Everyone just sat there drinking this wine and getting more and more drunk,' Roger recalled, 'with more and more poovery going on around the table, until someone suggested Frankenstein and Nureyev started getting a bit worried... I was just sitting there enjoying the meat and the vibes, saying nothing... And when Polanski was drunk enough he started to suggest we make the blue movie to end all blue movies, and then it all petered out into cognac and coffee and we jumped into our cars and split. God knows what happened after we left !'.

Over two years later, Roland Petit finally would choreograph a Pink Floyd ballet, but without Nureyev, Polanski, or the 108-piece orchestra. A set of five live shows was performed in Marseille (November 22-26, 1972), that did not form part of the scheduled European winter tour.

The programme was divided in three sections :
- Allumez les etoiles
- La rose malade
- The Pink Floyd ballet, in four movements based on:
One of these days
Careful with that axe, Eugene
Obscured by clouds / When you're in
Echoes

There was eventually a serie of eight performances set in Paris between January 13rd and February 2nd (two shows per day) but the band didn't play live each time (a tape was used when the band didn't play).

The original ballets have never been fully filmed, so this DVD presents a 1977 studio rendition. While the band wasn't playing on this occasion we have here a rare opportunity to see what the ballet was actually.

However, as the ballet was one of the very first 'melange des genres' attempt to cross pop music and classical dance, there has been some news reports with live sequences. These snippets (and more) are available for the very first time on this DVD.

This DVD was received from an anonymous fan without any info about the lineage. However this is by far the best quality we've been able to get for this ballet filmed in TV studios.
Colours are superb and there are 2 audio tracks available: an amazing stereo remastered soundtrack and the original mono TV soundtrack. The tracklist is:
1. One Of These Days
2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
3. Obscured By Clouds
4. When You're In
5. Echoes

There are also very interesting bonus snippets, showing the Floyd rehearsing OOTD with the dancers, and some other snippets taken from rehearsals and live performances with the Floyd and the Ballet of Marseille. Apart from a short extract of CWTAE, this footage never surfaced previously!

There are even more bonus with extremely rare documents related to the Ballet and Roland Petit.

Last but not least, the DVD includes English and French sub-titles!


[1] text sources:
'A Saucerful Of Secrets - The Pink Floyd Odyssey'
by Nicholas Schaffner
'In The Flesh' by Ian Russel & Grenn Povey