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Ballet & Dance

  • Ballet Classics Ballet Classics | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £5.95  |  Saving you £3.40 (22.70%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker [1999] Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £10.40  |  Saving you £1.22 (7.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jean-Christophe Maillot's version of the popular classical ballet The Nutcracker recorded in the Festival Tent of Fontvieille in 1999 is an innovative interpretation of the well-known subject. It was Maillot's brainchild to transpose the ballet into the world of circus while keeping the basic tenet where the real world blends with the fantasy world of childhood. Set in two acts the ballet reaches its climax in the second act: the world of circus then opens up to little Marie with a series of funny touching and poetic scenes that will delight and enchant both the young and old.

  • 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.

  • Black Cake And Concertante [1997] Black Cake And Concertante | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £8.98  |  Saving you £8.01 (40.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most exciting choreographers on the modern dance scene today Hans van Manen's work is characterised by a supreme musicality and striking versatility. The scene for Hans van Manen's BLACK CAKE is a society party. Elegantly-dressed couples dance with each other and his choreography reveals a whole range of undercurrents in the relationships between the men and the women. Both humour and aggression are found in CONCERTANTE which generates an explosive tension in a succession of encounters between four male and four female dancers.

  • The Stone Flower - Prokofieff/Bolshoi Ballet [1979] The Stone Flower - Prokofieff/Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £19.89  |  Saving you £3.10 (13.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • 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 £6.45  |  Saving you £17.90 (71.60%)  |  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

  • 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.

  • Notre-Dame De Paris [1996] Notre-Dame De Paris | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £22.28  |  Saving you £2.71 (10.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Victor Hugo's beautiful story of love and death is here transformed into a stunning piece of choreography starring Paris National Opera etoiles Isabelle Guerin and Nicolas Le Riche. The ballet features a score by film composer Maurice Jarre and costumes designed by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. The ballet created in 1965 at the Paris Opera has frequently been revived. Now thirty-six years later with its clear and incisive language its poetic pas de deux and passionate trios and the staging which makes the crowd scenes so intense Roland Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris has become a modern classic.

  • TDK DVD Opera And Ballet Sampler - 2004 And 2005 Catalogue Highlights TDK DVD Opera And Ballet Sampler - 2004 And 2005 Catalogue Highlights | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £6.05  |  Saving you £-2.99 (-59.90%)  |  RRP £4.99

    1. Beatrice di Tenda: Ah! Se un'urna e a me concessa (Vincenzo Bellini)2. Kiss Me Kate: So in love with you (Cole Porter)3. Manon: En fermant les yeux (Jules Massenet)4. Rusalka: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Song to the Moon) (Antonin Dvorak)5. Excelsior: Obscurantism (Romualdo Marenco)6. Cosi fan tutte: Non siate ritrosi...E voi ridete? (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)7. War and Peace: Kakoye pravo oni imyeyet (Sergei Prokofiev)8. Don Pasquale: Tornami a di che m'ami (Gaetano Donzetti)9. Lulu: Wenn sich die Menschen (Lulu's Song) (Alban Berg)10. Coppelia; Mazurka (Leo Delibes)11. Platee: Formons les plus brillants concerts (Jean-Philippe Rameau)12. Carmen: Les voice! Voici la quadrille! (Georges Bizet)13. Otello: Oh! Mostruosa colpa! (Giuseppe Verdi)14. Siegfried: Was strahlt mir dort entgegen? (Richard Wagner)15. Lucie de Lammermoor: Qu'une letter en ma misere (Gaetano Donizetti)16. Giselle: Pas de deux - Scene (Adolphe Adam)17. Turandot: Non piangere Liu (Giacomo Puccini)18. Paquita: Pas de deux (E. Deldevez and L. Minkus)19. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella (Francesco Cilea)20. Don Quichotte: Duel Don Quichottte & Gamache (Ludwig Minkus)21. Gotterdammerung: Ungeheure Macht wird dir (Richard Wagner)22. Le Coq d'Or: Otwets mne sorko swetilo (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)23. Le nozze di Figaro: Gente gente all'armi all'armi! (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

  • 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.

  • Dancer's Dream - The Great Ballets Of Rudolf Nureyev / La Bayadere [2002] Dancer's Dream - The Great Ballets Of Rudolf Nureyev / La Bayadere | DVD | (01/03/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An exploration of the Nureyev ballets. This programme features 'La Bayadere'. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a Bayadere who is later killed by her rival.

  • Pique Dame Pique Dame | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £13.45  |  Saving you £9.54 (41.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Bolshoi performances of Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky) and Passacaglia (Webern) recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow 19th May 2005.

  • American Ballet Theatre - In San Francisco American Ballet Theatre - In San Francisco | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £16.25  |  Saving you £1.74 (9.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This mixed bill of ballets danced by one of the world's greatest ballet companies was recorded live from the War Memorial Opera House San Francisco in 1985 and includes complete short ballets in addition to extracts from full length works. Airs choreographed by Paul Taylor was his first work for American Ballet Theatre and features music by Handel. It was featured in Mikhail Baryshnikov's highly successful first season as Artistic Director. This is followed by Jardin aux Lilas with music by Chausson choreographed by Anthony Taylor. The Grand pas de deux from Act III Swan Lake choreography by Marius Petipa is danced by American Ballet Theatre stars Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. Then follows the Balcony Pas de deux from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan featuring the great Natalia Makarova and Kevin McKenzie. The last work is Great Galloping Gottschalk which was created by Lynn Taylor-Corbett for American Ballet Theatre in 1982.

  • 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

  • Bolshoi Ballet/Kirov Ballet - Russian Ballet Highlights Bolshoi Ballet/Kirov Ballet - Russian Ballet Highlights | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £10.77  |  Saving you £2.22 (17.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Russian Ballet Highlights features Russia's two most celebrated ballet companies the Bolshoi and the Kirov in extracts from five of the great ballets in their classical repertoire. Recorded in Moscow and St Petersburg. Featuring extracts from Giselle The Sleeping Beauty Le Corsaire The Golden Age and Spartacus

  • Firebird / Pulcinella [1982] Firebird / Pulcinella | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  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

  • 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

  • Clavigo [1999] Clavigo | DVD | (20/08/2004) from £26.66  |  Saving you £-1.67 (-6.70%)  |  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.

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