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  • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte [2002] Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £12.99  |  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

  • 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

  • Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet [1990] Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £25.98  |  Saving you £-0.99 (-4.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Adam: Giselle

  • Moiseyev Dance Company 2 Moiseyev Dance Company 2 | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £18.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    TchaikovskyThe Sleeping BeautyBallet in Three ActsPrincess Aurora - Veronica TennantPrince Florimund - Rudolf NureyevKing Florestan - Charles KirbyThe Queen - Susan MenckCatalabutte - Simon SemonoffCarabosse - Celia FrancaThe Lilac Fairy - Kristine SoleriThe Bluebird - Frank AugustynPrincess Florine - Karen KainSoloists Artists and Orchestra of the National Ballet of CanadaGeorge Crum conductor

  • Tinkerbell Dance Studio - Learn Ballet Step By Step [2006] Tinkerbell Dance Studio - Learn Ballet Step By Step | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Professional ballet dancer Michelle Lungberg instructs the class . In Tinkerbell Dance Studio: Ballet the class starts at the barre (you can use a chair instead). Once Michelle introduces 1st through 5th positions she moves on to Plies Tondus Degajes Rondejambs Passes and Piques. After that the class stretches and moves to centre: Next Michelle continues with Tondus Degajes Pas De Bourres Balences and jumps. The program ends with the proper way to bow like a professional ballerina! This fun beginner ballet class is packed with all the basics and great music too!

  • Dances Of Ecstasy [2003] Dances Of Ecstasy | DVD | (01/08/2004) from £18.76  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £35.05  |  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.

  • La Sylphide [2004] La Sylphide | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The original choreography by Philippe Taglioni had changed ballet forever. It introduced constitutional features of Romantic Ballet as we know it. These include dance en pointe and the tutu which most certainly owe their omnipresence in ballet to the success of the 1832 staging of La Sylphide in Paris. Everything about the event combined to transform the ballet into a magical spectacle: the libretto inspired by romantic literature the bucolic exoticism of the village wedding festivities the dramatic realism of the Sylvan forest the eerie halo of the gas lights the aerial flights of the dancers the long diaphanous tulle costumes and the ballerina's variations en pointes. Through this work ballet master Philippe Taglioni managed to achieve a magical fusion between mime and artistic dance in a light and flowing style that gave birth to the first white act in the history of ballet.

  • Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation - Catherine Wheel Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation - Catherine Wheel | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £16.25  |  Saving you £1.74 (9.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    To original music by David Byrne of Talking Heads The Catherine Wheel is a rock-dance special by New York choreographer Twyla Tharp. The piece grew out of Twyla Tharp s fascination with Saint Catherine the 4th-century martyr who was condemned to die on a spiked wheel. When it was premiered on Broadway it was described by the New Yorker as a major event in our theatre with dancing of astonishing beauty and power . Twyla Tharp then refashioned this piece specially for television u

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Recorded live at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan 14 April 2004La Scala's 2004 Swan Lake brings together two world stars of classical ballet in the lead roles Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in this traditional production of Tchaikovsky's fairy story. The production comes from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi La Scala's temporary home at the time.There is certainly scope for various interpretations of the swan myth which goes back to antiquity when Jupiter took the shape of a swan and seduced Leda the wife of the king of the Spartans. The Milan production does not deny the psychological subtexts - the transformation of the girl Odette into a swan by being taken under Rothbart's huge wings in the prologue sets of black and white in the white acts and the most varied and colourful costumes in the merry ball scenes. The world of Prince Siegfried before the intrusion of Rothbart is characterised by Arcadian like pastel-colours and when Siegfried successfully fights him to free Odette from the spell the staging creates a most impressive lake scenery with roaring waters which acts as a transforming experience for Siegfried as well as Odette.Directed by Florence Clerc from Paris and Frederic Olivieri Artistic Director with the La Scala Ballet the Milan staging combines the best of both worlds in ballet: Russian classical school with the history of choreographic adaptation in the West. The filming underlines both aspects - in the expressive and soulful moments of the ballet the camera draws close to the dancers while it zooms out for the outstandingly symmetrical dancing of the swan scenes which the ballet has become so famous for.

  • Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet [2002] Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £21.03  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Manzotti: Excelsior

  • 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.

  • Don Quixote [1999] Don Quixote | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £10.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (56.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The legendary Rudolf Nureyev stars in this classic ballet.

  • 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.

  • Bolshoi Ballet - Giselle [1956] Bolshoi Ballet - Giselle | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Mayerling [1994] Mayerling | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Carmen Carmen | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £7.92  |  Saving you £17.01 (68.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Danced here in the adaptation by the Russian composer Rodion Schtschhedrin, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen lasts some 50 minutes, only about one third of the original's playing time. The Swedish Cullberg Ballet Company, choreographed by Mats Ek, is a first-rate ensemble, the girls here dressed in colourful Latin style dresses, the men in fashionable dark grey. The set is penny plain with one chief ornament, a large ball that becomes the focus of some acrobatic dancing. Carmen, danced by a lady of greater age than her José, smokes a cigar: he carries the flowers. Escamillo (Yvan Auzely), dressed in traditional toreador's garb, caps them both in terms of dress, style and movement. Whether the choreographer was wise in creating one role in which the same dancer portrays three characters-José's mother, his girl back home Micaela and Muerte--is a moot point, particularly since the emphasis in his conception is on Don José having to make a decision between his dear old mother, his childhood sweetheart and the world outside. One would have trouble working out who's who without resort to the booklet. Ek's choreography, forged from a number of influences of whom the flying figures at one point suggest Bob Fosse, brings home José's inner conflict, by having him at one point going into spasm in a series of jerky movements. Other gyratory movements within the ensemble are characteristic of his style. The orchestra consists of strings and percussion, the latter over-amplified on the soundtrack to a point that would become wearisome on repeated showings. The lack of colour in the production will not suit all tastes but for those who enjoy a contemporary slant on an old story--such as Matthew Bourne offered in his modern-dress dance version The Car Man--Ek's production offers a valid alternative view. --Adrian Edwards

  • Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £18.76  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's seductive and commanding Cursive 2 is the result of a long journey into the ancient practice of movement and spirituality. By blending even more tai chi into his familiar modern dance idiom Lin Hwai-min choreographer of the highly acclaimed Moon Water and Bamboo Dream has created an achingly beautiful work in monochrome tones. Danced against a restrained background featuring blown-up images of precious Sung porcelain framed by black rice paper

  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Bolshoi Ballet Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £10.83  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £10.99

    A performance of The Nutcracker by the famed Bolshoi ballet entourage. The famous Christmas classic is here interpreted by two of the greatest ballet dancers of all time: Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vassiliev!

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