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  • Bolshoi Ballet And Kirov Ballet - Dancing For Dollars Bolshoi Ballet And Kirov Ballet - Dancing For Dollars | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £11.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (7.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Bolshoi Ballet's first trip to America in 1959 was a political and artistic triumph and audiences queued for days to see these legends of ballet. Bolshoi in Vegas a richly entertaining documentary follows their disastrous 1996 tour in which they hoped to capitalise on this earlier success. The tour is beset with problems from the start tensions mount and the Bolshoi are bewildered by their lukewarm reception. Kirov in Petersburg traces the development of an institution. As Communism gives way to Capitalism and artistic values give way to commercial considerations the Kirov Ballet's chief choreographer Oleg Vinogradov's final year in office is set against allegations of bribery and corruption. Through the deeply personal recollections of workers dancers and critics specially-filmed backstage footage and previously unseen archive material a unique portrait emerges of the Kirov's changing fortunes in the context of its awesome heritage.

  • Bolshoi Ballet In The Park - Divertisements Bolshoi Ballet In The Park - Divertisements | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In 1986 the Bolshoi Ballet toured the UK with this programme of Divertissements after an absence of 12 years. The tour was a spectacular success and proved the Bolshoi worthy of their description as the world s most famous ballet company. Their flamboyance and daring brilliance and technical execution are triumphantly displayed in this programme of excerpts from seven famous Bolshoi ballets which include Les Sylphides Spartacus The Sleeping Beauty La Bayad re Swan Lake Sprin

  • Stars Of The Bolshoi Ballet perform Swan Lake [1989] Stars Of The Bolshoi Ballet perform Swan Lake | DVD | (19/05/2007) from £5.00  |  Saving you £-0.01 (-0.20%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Enjoy a full length performance of the world's favourite ballet performed by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet of St Petersburg. 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. With the Grand Corps De Ballet from the Company of the National Ballet of St Petersburg dancing to the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

  • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte [2002] Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £14.74  |  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

  • Gael Force Dance [2002] Gael Force Dance | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £5.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Filmed in Belfast 'Gaelforce Dance' is a supercharged Irish dance spectacular in the vein of Riverdance. Sensual and dramatic it has brought over one million people to their feet worldwide with its energy grace passion and mix of original and contemporary Irish dance music.

  • 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

  • The Sleeping Beauty The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £27.99

    The Royal Ballet performs a spellbinding version of the classic fairy tale about a handsome prince who awakens an enchanted princess with a kiss.

  • Cinderella [1964] Cinderella | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Choreographer Frederick Ashton's 1964 version of Sergei Prokofiev's ever popular ballet Cinderella. Conducted by John Lanchbery and directed for television by John Vernon.

  • Firebird / Pulcinella [1982] Firebird / Pulcinella | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This release offers two short ballets by Stravinsky, The Firebird from 1909-10 and Pulcinella written a decade later, the former based on three Russian fairytales. This 1982 production by the Royal Danish Ballet was choreographed by Glen Tetley, for whom "The Firebird is a symbol of our innermost dreams and longing for freedom and true love". His interpretation has a dreamlike atmosphere, the designs echoing Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete, the languorous, sensual dance evoking an understated fairytale eroticism in parallel with the shimmering score. Pulcinella comes from Stravinsky's neo-classical period and is inspired by the Italian commedia dell'arte of the 17th and 18th centuries. The story, an almost slapstick series of romantic confusions and complications amid the streets of Naples, is brought to life in this 1988 Scapino Ballet production with an enchanting mixture of dance and mime. The design is boldly colourful and Nils Christe's choreography filled with character and playful good humour. The music comes from an enthusiastic LSO under Claudio Abbado, with vocal soloists of the calibre of John Shirley-Quirk. The two works make an attractive programme. On the DVD: Other than a trailer for other Arthaus DVDs there are no special features. Reflecting the age of the material, the sound is unremarkable PCM stereo and the picture conventional 4:3. There is some audio distortion on Pulcinella, particularly on the vocal parts. The image has rich, vibrant colours and is reasonably detailed, but is also grainy and shows compression artefacts. Firebird has a smoother image, largely due to the focus being soft. The booklet contains useful notes and a full scene breakdown. The disc is encoded for regions 2 and 5. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Three By Rambert Three By Rambert | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Intimate PagesLonely Town, Lonely StreetSergeant Early's Dream

  • Clavigo [1999] Clavigo | DVD | (20/08/2004) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ballet in two parts after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.Clavigo - Nicolas Le Riche.Marie - Clairemarie Osta.The Stranger - Marie-Agnes Gillot.Carlos - Yann Bridard.Beaumarchais - Yann Saiz.A stage performance by the Opera National de Paris.

  • Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £23.99  |  Saving you £4.94 (12.40%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A compilation of the ballet from Russia. Includes the complete 'The Nutcracker' 'The Firebird' 'Petrushka' 'Scheherazade' and shorter ballet extracts.

  • Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Die KameliendameBallet By John NeumeierMusic By Frederic Chopin

  • Glazunov - Raymonda [1980] Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £19.18  |  Saving you £3.81 (16.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • The Rambert Dance Company - Pulcinella And Soldat - Rambert Dance Company The Rambert Dance Company - Pulcinella And Soldat - Rambert Dance Company | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £7.82  |  Saving you £7.17 (47.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The original version of Pulcinella was choreographed by Massine with designs by Picasso in 1920. Like the original Richard Alston's greatly-admired version of the complicated love-story has a Neapolitan setting and is based on traditional Commedia dell'Arte characters. British choreographer Ashley Page used the suite from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat for his ballet Soldat - the traditional folk tale of the soldier and the devil in a battle of wits for the soldier's soul.

  • Sylvia - Delibes And Neumeier [2005] Sylvia - Delibes And Neumeier | DVD | (03/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance by the Paris National Opera Company choreographed by John Neumeier. Recorded at the Opera National De Paris in March 2005.

  • Ballet Classics Ballet Classics | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £9.19  |  Saving you £5.05 (33.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Includes: Romeo And Juliet: Featuring the one act version of this outstanding ballet designed and choreographed by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov and set to theTchaikovsky overture. Also featuring the superbly choreographed and exquisitely danced 'Death of Anna Karennina'. Don Quixote: The athletic grace and beauty of the ballet tells the delusional story of Don Quixote on this extraordinary DVD. Starring Nadzedah Pavlova Music by Minkus choreography adapted by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Based on the original by Petipa. The Carmen Suite: This stylish modern ballet set in a symbolic bullring captures the spirit and passion of Merimee's novella. Music by Rodion Schedrin and choreography by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.

  • 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.

  • Sleeping Beauty [1999] Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is here transformed by the masterful contemporary choreographer Mats Ek into an allegory of repression, love and emotional maturity set in a bleak, stylised postmodern limbo which is both chilling and, just occasionally, bleakly humorous. Traditionalists may be flinching already, but this is a ballet which has always lent itself to this kind of treatment. Indeed, what many will think of as the "traditional" interpretation is in fact Diaghilev's forward-looking production of 1921, which had sets and costumes by Bakst and re-instrumentation by Stravinsky. Ek's Princess inhabits a world seemingly out of Fritz Lang, where Carabosse is a drug-dealing low-life and the Fairies are a gaggle of sneering girlies. Ek removes his work from the classical tradition to a large degree, but what goes in its place is a highly disciplined yet tactile and gut-wrenchingly emotive approach, conveying both the external and internal narratives of the work with unfailing conviction. --Roger Thomas

  • Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Chloe's dream is coming true. The ballerina of her imagination has magically appeared and is going to introduce her to classical ballet. Chloe is going to start her training by taking part in a dance lesson. This programme is divided into four main parts: Barre Exercises Centre Work The Enchainement The Reverence (Acknowledgement) You will then find a retrospective - The development of classical ballet up to the neo-classical style. At the end of the DVD you will discove

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