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  • Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £15.49  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Die KameliendameBallet By John NeumeierMusic By Frederic Chopin

  • Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov [1989] Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £10.00  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of the Glazunov ballet written in 1898. Yuri Grogorovich choreographs based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky....

  • Mozart: The Great Mass [2005] Mozart: The Great Mass | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £14.83  |  Saving you £8.40 (33.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Uwe Scholz ballet by the Leipzig Ballet company.

  • L'Histoire Du Soldat [1998] L'Histoire Du Soldat | DVD | (21/11/2000) from £16.85  |  Saving you £1.14 (6.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, the hero believes he has cheated the devil and lives to regret his cleverness. The aftermath of the First World War had left the composer convinced of an aesthetic of austerity, so here he replaces his huge pre-war scores with the Ballet Russes with a few dancers, a few instruments and narrators. The score, brilliantly played, includes a lot of genre dances--a tango, a waltz, a ragtime--as well as fragmentary jagged marches and love scenes that drift with deliberate grace into the further reaches of tonality. Kylian's choreography involves a rather larger cast than most--many of the dance numbers are performed as a "divertissement" for the soldier and his princess--and some slightly corny staging: at the end, dragged off to Hell, the soldier disappears into a red dry-ice mist. None the less, this version is superbly danced, with a real sense of menace, moments of fairytale beauty and passionately cynical flippantness. The DVD has menus and subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish, and contains trailers for other ArtHaus releases. --Roz Kaveney

  • Shadowland [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] Shadowland | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £3.00  |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The original shadow theatre sensation from award-winning dance company Pilobolus whose performance on the 79th Academy Awards took the world by storm. SHADOWLAND is a mesmerising blend of contemporary shadow theatre and modern dance. This astonishing stage production tells the story of a young girl’s coming of age as she longs for independence. With fluid dream sequences stunning choreography and the heart and humour of a love story SHADOWLAND celebrates the strange transformative power of the dark to show us who we are in the most unexpected and thrilling ways. Previously only seen on stage you can now immerse yourself in the world of SHADOWLAND as it is captured on film for the very first time.

  • The Glory Of The Bolshoi The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £27.57  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Glory of the Bolshoi is a feature-length anthology of rare archive films showcasing the Bolshoi Ballet's greatest dancers and some very fine performances. Spanning almost a century, there are 19 selections, either complete dances or extracts. There is no commentary or documentary content, simply a succession of great ballet. Everything here is a highlight, from a pas de deux by Ekaterina Geltzer and Vasili Tikhomirov to music by Schubert which dates, extraordinarily, from 1913, through to a series of chapters showing the development of Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, including their debut together at the age of 13. At 20 minutes the longest sequence is also different to anything else on the DVD, offering the opportunity to contrast two performances of Khachaturian's Spartacus, from 1968 with Vasiliev, and from 1984 with Natalia Bessmertnova as Phrygia. Apart from this sequence a chronological presentation of the material would surely have made more sense than the apparently random order of much of the disc, but otherwise this is a superb compilation of great historic value. A companion title, The Glory of the Kirov is also available. On the DVD: The Glory of the Bolshoi plays for 90 minutes, with almost exactly half the material in colour. While inevitably of variable quality, the 4:3 ratio picture is overall of a very high standard. The sound varies between mono and stereo and, apart from unavoidable patches of distortion, is more than acceptable. There is a Web link and booklet notes, but no special features--a disappointment on an excellent programme crying out for a commentary track to place everything in context. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [1989] Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890 choreographed by the legendary ballet master Marius Petipa was doubtless the pinnacle of classic Russian ballet tradition.Tchaikovsky's score composed in 1889 was created based on a scenario from Petipa that took the composer's wishes into account from the outset. It was a 'number' ballet score which was a homage to the baroque 'ballet de cour.' The premiere of Sleeping Beauty was not gr

  • Three By Duato [2000] Three By Duato | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Under the artistic directorship of Nacho Duato the Compania Nacional de Danza has developed it's own distinctive style mixing classical and contemporary idioms and has become on of the most accomplished and entertaining dance ensembles in Europe. Duato's inventive choreography is earthy sensual and emotive and demands high levels of physical energy.

  • Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Prokofiev's last ballet and based on a fairy tale from the Urals thus mixing classical dance with folk choreography. This production was performed at the Maryinsky Theatre St Petersburg in 1991. With leading ballerinas Anna Polikarpova and Aleksandr Gulyaev. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich.

  • Amelia [2002] Amelia | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) directed and choreographed by Edouard Lock and performed by the acclaimed dance company La La La Human Steps 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.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 AndreTurpin 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.

  • Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala [Blu-ray] [2007] Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008) from £21.35  |  Saving you £8.64 (28.80%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte [2002] Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £10.17  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Don Quichotte, composed by Ludwig Minkus for the Bolshoi in 1869, was relatively unknown in the West until Nureyev's new choreography--which naturally gave him centre stage as Basile--was introduced at the Vienna State Opera in 1966. A later production in 1981 forms the basis for this 2002 success by the Paris Opera. Don Quichotte is in some ways a misnomer for the ballet. Rather than being the dominant character, here the beloved hero of Cervantes' original novel and tilter at windmills is a catalyst for the troublesome events which beset the love story of Basile and Kitri. The dream in which the knight encounters the queen of the dryads becomes a glittering fault in the narrative. But there is no doubting the fluid delights of the pas de deux between Basile (Manual Legris) and Kitri (the enchanting Aurélie Dupont), always literally several steps ahead of their would-be romance spoilers, which rather overshadow the pathos of Jean-Marie Didière's Quichotte. Nureyev's triumph, though, remains the teeming ensemble dances that reaffirm the close marriage between Minkus's score and the unfolding drama, here immeasurably enhanced by Alexandre Beliaev's Goya-esque designs. Ermanno Florio's musical direction keeps the pace light and busy. On the DVD: Don Quichotte is presented in 16:9 video aspect ratio with a choice of stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (by far the best) soundtracks: the quality is all you'd expect of a standard modern television broadcast, although the subtleties of the theatrical lighting don't always shine through. Extras are limited to previews of other TDK releases. --Piers Ford

  • Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet [1974] Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (5.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Bolshoi Ballet Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Enjoy a full length performance of one of the world's favourite ballets Swan Lake performed by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet. Set to the celbrated music of Tchaikovsky this enduring love story tells the tale of Prince Siegfried who falls in love with the enchanted swan princess Odette. Condemned by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart the curse can be broken only by true love which would also destroy the evil magician.

  • Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) | DVD | (09/09/2013) from £19.19  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Opera named Der Vogelhandler by Carl Zeller.

  • Swan Lake [1990] Swan Lake | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Natalia Makarova one of the most important interpreters of the classical ballet repertoire in the twentieth century has also had great success as a producer.Makarova's staging of Swan Lake is based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by the late Sir Frederick Ashton.Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss are stunning as Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried in this studio recording. Leanne Benjamin is a treat a one of the 'pas de quatres'.Makarova's innovative interpretation presents the work as a story of perfect and eternal love.The stage design by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen does not use scenery to communicate changes of place and mood but back projections (blue laser to indicate water for example) which are extremely effective for creating a mysterious magical atmosphere.

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | HD DVD | (01/10/2007) from £24.78  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A Midsummer Night's Dream- Ballet in Two Acts and Six Scenes.

  • Spartacus - Khachaturian [1990] Spartacus - Khachaturian | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £11.57  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    SpartacusBallet in Three Acts.Recorded At The Bolshoi Theatre 1990.

  • Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £20.39  |  Saving you £2.60 (11.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949 Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi Jeanmaire using the Bizet score.Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had approached Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet based on Bizet and scored only for strings and percussion instruments was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and in its theatricality a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story deeply symbolic and overtly sensual premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20 1967.

  • Swan Lake [1998] Swan Lake | DVD | (04/04/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A disaster at its 1877 premiere, the fantastical Swan Lake was revived in 1895 and has since established itself as the most popular ballet ever. Daniel Barenboim, conductor of this sumptuous performance at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden (of which he is Artistic Director and General Musical Director) says "Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is a masterpiece that transcends its time!". The production uses choreography adapted and subtly modernised by Patrice Bart from the 1895 staging, which combined with elegant costume and set design results in a very traditional and thoroughly engaging evening's entertainment. Barenboim ensures that Tchaikovsky's score is a romantic delight, the ensemble dancing is highly polished, Oliver Matz passionately intense as Prince Siegfried, Steffi Scherzer making an enchanting fairytale heroine.On the DVD: The generally excellent anamorphically enhanced picture is almost completely free of grain, a slight soft focus in mid and long shots probably more attributable to the live production being shot on video rather than any fault in the transfer. Mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound mix is sensibly tied to the screen, the rear channels used to enhance live ambience, subtly establishing an effective sense of "being there". The only "special feature" is a plot synopsis, however, the superior booklet also provides a synopsis, notes on Tchaikovsky and the writing of the ballet, the performance and the performers. --Gary S. Dalkin

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