Still Life at the Penguin Cafe (Blu-ray) | Arthaus 109187

Still Life at the Penguin Cafe (Blu-ray)


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Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 109187

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 29th January 2016



Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Royal Ballet


Simon Jeffes


Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Royal Ballet


Simon Jeffes


Still Life at the Penguin Cafe
A ballet performance with the Royal Ballet, 1989
Directed by Keith Beckett and David Bintley

The idiosyncratic music and imaginary world of Simon Jeffes, founder of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, prompted David Bintley to create this ballet, set in a café where penguins resemble people and people resemble penguins. Here, an exuberant cabaret is presented by a succession of exotic creatures. The inventive and amusing choreography, enlivened by Hayden Griffin's ingenious sets and costumes, also highlights the plight of the world's endangered species. It was recorded in the studio.

“The most cheerful and amusing new ballet at Covent Garden for well over a decade.” - The Times

The Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Documentary with Simon Jeffes, 1987
Directed by Andrew Harries

Under its leader and composer Simon Jeffes, this ensemble has been making its own idiosyncratic brand of music since the mid- 1970s, drawing on classical and avant-garde sources, as well as pop, folk and ethnic forms, with instruments ranging from the piano, cello, violin and drums, to the ukulele, electric guitar and penny whistle. A studio recording of performances by the PCO is punctuated with interviews in which they discuss their original and eclectic style.

Blu-ray Disc with High Resolution Audio in 192 kHz

This series of Hi-Res Audio releases features the pure sound experience of studio master tapes, available digitally for the first time in their uncompressed form. The 24 Bit resolution with 192 kHz sampling rate enable a whole new way to listen to the original.

Sound Formats: PCM 192 kHz / 48 kHz
Picture Format: 4:3
Audio Language: GB
Subtitles: DE, FR, ES, Korean
Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)
Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)
Running Time: 90 mins | FSK: 0
Region: worldwide

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