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Fame | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This early effort by director Alan Parker is lively but jagged as it follows four students through their years in the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Rather predictably, the kids fall into four clearly defined stereotypes: brazen, gay and hypersensitive, prickly, shy. Fame makes up for a disjointed presentation with a lot of heart and a great soundtrack (for which it won two Academy Awards). The hopes and disappointments, failures and successes of these teens are fodder for emotional scenes and exuberant dancing in the streets. It also turned out to be the first of many imitators and spawned a popular television series. (It was the breakout film for the short-lived feature-film career of Irene Cara, who sang the title song.) --Rochelle O'Gorman
Michael Flatley's Feet Of Flames | DVD | (04/05/1999)
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An expanded and more polished version of Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames was recorded at an outdoor performance in London's Hyde Park. While much of the material is familiar to Flatley fans, the production is superior in every way. It's better photographed and the editing is less frenetic. The individual segments are sharper, more self-assured, as is Flatley, who also produced and directed this version. (He also demonstrates his talents as a flutist--maybe he should call himself Lord of the Renaissance.) The outdoor setting also makes the show feel less like a Vegas act, though the proceedings have about as much relation to their Celtic folk roots as the Broadway musical Cats has to the TS Eliot children's poems on which it was based. --Richard Natale
Riverdance 2002 | DVD | (13/05/2002)
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Over 13 million people worldwide have now seen Riverdance since its premier in Dublin in 1995. It is still the most successful and biggest dance show in the world. This latest recording filmed live in Geneva captures the show in its newest production. With its ground-breaking numbers new costumes and dance routines this DVD proves why Riverdance is the world's most popular dance show!
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker | DVD | (22/12/2003)
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One of his earliest pieces of choreography, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also one of his most charming and imaginative. Moving the Christmas party from a comfortable middle-class home to a Dickensian orphanage whose proprietors starve their wards to spoil their own children, it then shifts to a wonderland where sweets and sugar are a none-too-subtle metaphor for sexual awakening. In both worlds, Clara (Etta Murfitt) has to struggle to be heroine, or even a participant, in her own story and her struggle for the muscular, sexy Alan Vincent with her bitchy rival Sugar (Soranne Curtin) is not resolved until the last moments of the ballet. Along the way, Bourne finds charming and sexy ways to make all of the well-known genre moments of the score fresh and new--the Chinese dancers are a bunch of daffy marshmallow girls in pink, for example, whose dance is all strutting cuteness. There is a truly stunning transformation scene at the beginning of the waltz, which like much else in the score becomes a complex ensemble in which all the character dancers have their own things to do. Bourne's Nutcracker has become a popular favourite, and deservedly so. On the DVD: Matthew Bourne's Nutcrackercomes to DVD with no additional features. It is presented in a 16:9 anamorphic ratio and has sumptuous sound in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and L-PCM Stereo that does full justice to the Royal Philharmonic's eloquent performance of the score. --Roz Kaveney
The Best Of Riverdance | DVD | (14/11/2005)
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Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade - in rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. See Riverdance journey from its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre Dublin with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall New York to its latest live recording in Geneva. With an international cast fea
Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
Sylvia | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Leo Delibes: Sylvia - Ballet in three acts
You Can Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (11/04/2005)
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An instructional film for children interested in beginning ballet The film follows the basic steps for absolute beginners and takes you right through to preparing for your 'presentation class'.
Tales Of Beatrix Potter | DVD | (20/11/2006)
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Entertaining children's stories danced by the Royal Ballet wearing animal masks. Music by John Lanchbery choreography by Frederick Ashton. The adventures are alive with same energy and passion of the books and feature unheard melodies from British Museum manuscripts recovered and transcribed by composer John Lanchbery. As the characters waltz their way across set to the rhythm of the songs you'll join in with the merriment and hot step with the cast - a must see treat for the entire family.
Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece; a magical adventure of sight and sound that transports its audience to a mythical time and place lifting the spirits and capturing the hearts of all who experience it. Based on Irish folklore this classic tale of Good vs. Evil expressed through the universal language of dance has thrilled audience's worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world's most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance!
How to be a Ballet Dancer | DVD | (25/05/2006)
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Learn how to be a real ballet dancer with this magical video. We follow the basic steps for absolute beginners to those preparing for their first Presentation Class.Twin sisters Grace and Evie are preparing for their first lesson by going shopping for their dance outfit and ballet shoes.We meet their older sister Mia as she excitedly prepares for her first Royal Academy of Dance Presentation Class. We also see 11 year old Polly as she practises for her part of Clara in her ballet school's performance of The Nutcracker and follow her visit to a ballet school for older girls.Featuring dancers of different ages and experience viewers will be enthralled as they learn the basic do's and don't's of ballet from Good Toes - Bad Toes to Demi Plie and Saute.Teacher Sally-Anne Hodge is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs | DVD | (01/06/1998)
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Tap Dogs the all-male Australian dance troupe have taken the world by storm becoming an international sensation with their sell out tour..leaving packed audiences gasping and howling for more! Tap Dogs put power humour high velocity and raw energy into tap. This is a show that hypnotises audiences with the thunder of synchronised feet. Aussie guys stomp their way through a dynamic succession of pulsating routines. This is testosterone tap!
Khachaturian: Spartacus | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008)
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Aram Khachaturian's Spartacvu The Bolshoi Ballet. Performed by Soloists and Corps de ballet of The Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia.
The Red Army Choir Orchestra And Dance Ensemble - Live In Paris | DVD | (07/03/2005)
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Tracklistinig: 1. Titles 2. Russian National Anthem 3. Oh Fields My Fields (Song of the Plains) 4. Sacred War 5. In the Sunny Clearing 6. Kalinka 7. Cossack Dance 8. We Sing to Thee 9. On the Road (A Soldier's Song) 10. Smuglianka 11. Partisan's Song 12. Along the Peterskaya Raod 13. Dark Eyes 14. Navy Dance 15. Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (From Nabucco) 16. Bandit's Chorus (From Ernani) 17. Spanish Medley: Amapola/Valencia/Granada 18. Zaporogue's Cossacks 19. Excerpt from ""Bo
The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989:Includes:Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo And Juliet.Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake.Sleeping Beauty.The Nutcracker.
Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009)
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The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity. Edouard Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with the delicate sensual lighting of Andr? Turpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience. The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works, created in the 60s for The Velvet Underground.
Houston Ballet -- Image / Journey / Ghost Dances | DVD | (03/02/2003)
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Three pieces of ballet: 'Image' with music by Gustav Mahler 'Ghost Dances' with music of South American Folk Tunes and 'Journey' with music by Palle Mikkelborg.
The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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The is an essential visual reference of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in Ballet. Teachers and students will find this the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs this set includes over 800 variations in Russian French and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This programme demonstrates the complete language of ballet: Positions and Directions Barre Linking Steps Center Practice Pirouettes Adage Allegro Batterie Pointe Musical Enchainements. For easy reference a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide features four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre former principal dancer ABT) Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer The Royal Ballet) Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer New York City Ballet) and Denise Jackson (former principal dancer The Joffrey Ballet).
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake | DVD | (20/07/1998)
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This Swan Lake was the unexpected popular hit of 1996, when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect. Seldom have the dark psychological riptides at the heart of so many classical ballets been so brilliantly exposed. The Prince (Scott Ambler) is a wretched and dissolute young man dominated by his mother, the Joan Collins-like Queen (Fiona Ambler). Shades of Tennessee Williams, indeed. Von Rothbart becomes a press secretary, more sinister éminence grise than hissable villain. Most startling of all, The Swan (Adam Cooper) is a muscular, emphatically masculine male. Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. And indeed this is never an overtly "gay" Swan Lake, although the electricity of the pas de deux at the height of Act 2 delivers a palpably homoerotic charge. Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place. Swan Lake becomes a human, rather than simply romantic, tragedy. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in full screen 4:3 video format and this version would certainly have benefited from widescreen to show off the dazzling court and night club scenes as well as the lake and the impact of the all-male swan corps de ballet. But the lush Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound serves the rich interpretation of Tchaikovsky's score from The New London Orchestra to handkerchief-wringing effect. Extras include menu-driven resumes and a synopsis. --Piers Ford
Lord of the Dance | DVD | (01/10/1999)
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Billed as an updating and retelling of an Irish folk legend, Lord of the Dance is less Erin Go Bragh than Hooray for Hollywood. Michael Flatley gives us the old razzle-dazzle, fashioning a Celtic-influenced spectacular that wanders far away from its Riverdance roots. The light-show presentation is closer kin to another contemporary Irish musical group, U2. Flatley himself has gone designer chic, too: with close-cropped haircut, earring, buffed abs and tight black pants he bears more than a passing resemblance to Bono. But you have to hand it to the guy--he works hard for the money, as does his attractive corps. The one maddening aspect of this glitzy, entertaining 90-minute festival is the overzealous editing. No image remains on screen for more than a few seconds. Neither Flatley nor his talented troupe deserves to have such craftsmanship sliced and diced like an MTV music video.--Richard Natale, Amazon.com