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Ballet & Dance

  • 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!

  • Khachaturian: Spartacus (Timofeyeva, Liepa) Khachaturian: Spartacus (Timofeyeva, Liepa) | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    An opera in 3 acts.

  • Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) [1982] Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £17.64  |  Saving you £5.35 (23.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Carmen Carmen | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £10.98  |  Saving you £14.01 (56.10%)  |  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

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

    Do you dream of becoming a ballerina a star dancer or just beginning classical ballet? Make your dream come true! With the help of superb archive pictures and Chloe a nine year old girl you will discover that ballet has precise terms and that to practice it you must learn the basics. This programme is divided into four main parts: The Principal Positions of the different parts of the body The Essential Movements Alignments The four Arabesques You will then find a ret

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Nureyev) [Blu-ray] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Nureyev) | Blu Ray | (02/06/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake performed by Opera National de Paris and directed by Gerard Mortier.

  • Swan Lake Swan Lake | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £5.29  |  Saving you £7.70 (59.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A performance of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from 1968.

  • Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 [2007] Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This double bill from one of the world's leading choreographers offers two of his major works, danced by Paris Opera Ballet. The dreamlike Songe de Medee, with music by Mauro Lanza and freely based on the Greek myth of Medea, explores a woman's soul, portraying her, paradoxically, as a tender loving mother and a tormented victim who sacrifices everything, including her children, for love.

  • Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £20.65  |  Saving you £2.34 (10.20%)  |  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

  • 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.

  • Pelleas Et Melisande Pelleas Et Melisande | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Debussy's haunting opera Pelleas et Melisande based on a tragic fairy tale recounts the ill fated love of half brothers Golaud and Pelleas for the same woman the enigmatic Melisande. Graham Vick's beautiful fin-de-siecle production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1999 stars Christiane Oelze as Melisande Richard Croft as Pelleas and John Tomlinson as Golaud.

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart [2002] Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (10/04/2007) from £22.09  |  Saving you £-2.93 (-15.30%)  |  RRP £19.16

  • Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum [DVD] [2006] Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum | DVD | (05/01/2009) from £19.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere [2004] Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £13.16  |  Saving you £2.83 (17.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Features footage of some of the finest bellydancers in the world performing in Paris in October 2004. Set List: 1. Entrance Of The Stars 2. Tabi Tabi - Ansuya 3. Lailet Hob - Bellyqueen Amar Gamal and Kaeshi 4. Armut Agaci - Tribes Of Persopolis 5. Art Of The Drum Solo - Sonia & Issam Houshan 6. Raks Bedeya - Egyptian Nights 7. Ajaja - Petite Jamilla 8. Nataraja - Bombay Bellywood 9. Tin Tin - Amar Gamal 10. 'No Title' - Life Liberty and The Pursuit Of Rhythm 11.

  • The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - An Evening With [1986] The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - An Evening With | DVD | (20/02/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A studio recording of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Featuring: 'Divining' 'Revelations' 'The Stack Up' and 'Cry'. Choreographers include Judith Jamison Alvin Ailey and Tally Beatty.

  • Delibes: Coppelia -- L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera National de Paris [2001] Delibes: Coppelia -- L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera National de Paris | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Performed at the Opera National De Paris in April 2001 this production features Charline Giezendanner who was just sixteen at the time.

  • Coppelia Coppelia | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £16.84  |  Saving you £8.15 (32.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This 1994 French TV presentation of Delibes' Coppelia reflects choreographer Maguy Marin's commitment to total theatre, seeking to find a fresh and exciting way of making ballet a rewarding experience on the home screen. One of the problems of filmed live ballet is the video presentation often fails to capture the experience of being in the theatre, something this dynamic production shot on location and in the studio circumvents in a highly visual way. Relocating Hoffman's tale of Doctor Coppelia's automaton and troubled young love to contemporary run-down urban France, the opening folk-dances are set around a hard-court game of football which unequivocally evokes the opening of West Side Story (1961). Throughout classical dance blends with modern, jazz, mine and physical theatre, while the adapted story offers a critique of the modern obsession with visual icons and the power of illusory fantasy over reality. Romantic, witty and filled with a surreal imaginative poetry in a lineage descended from the films of Jean (La Belle et la Bete) Cocteau and Michael (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom) Powell, this is a Coppelia for anyone who enjoyed Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty (1999). Purists be warned, Marin dispenses with half the score, making her version last just 60 minutes. On the DVD: The 1.77-1 anamorphically enhanced widescreen picture is excellent, benefiting greatly from being lit and shot like a feature film rather than the video of live ballet productions. The PCM stereo sound is equally good, making this widescreen presentation technically superior to other TV classical music releases from the same date. There is a 12-minute interview with Marin (in French with English subtitles) in which she outlines her background, her idea of theatre, and explains her conception of the film and explores why she cut so much of the original ballet. Also included are trailers of four other Arthaus releases and a multi-language 24-page booklet with full credits and notes on Delibes, Marin, Nagano and the performance. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Moniuszko - Halka Moniuszko - Halka | DVD | (14/09/2006) from £18.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Minkus - La Bayadere (Coleman, Zakharova, Bolle) Minkus - La Bayadere (Coleman, Zakharova, Bolle) | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £17.83  |  Saving you £7.16 (28.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ludwig Minkus - La Bayadere.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1992] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

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