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Ballet & Dance
American Ballet Theatre Now | DVD | (08/03/2001)
from £17.79 | Saving you £7.20 (28.80%) | RRP
America's leading ballet soloists display highlights from their repertoire.
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (20/02/2008)
from £7.15 | Saving you £-3.16 (-79.20%) | RRP
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake - a ballet in 4 acts.
The Nutcracker - The Story Of Clara | DVD | (27/11/2007)
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Hans Van Manen | DVD | (03/08/2015)
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Het Nationale Ballet:Frank Bridge Variations.Two Pieces For Het.Nederlands Dans Theater:Deja Vu.Solo.Kammerballett.The Old Man And Me.
The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/10/2004)
from £21.03 | Saving you £3.96 (15.80%) | RRP
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Royal Swedish Ballet)
The Stone Flower - Prokofiev | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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First performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1954 this ballet draws on the rich heritage of Russian folklore to tell the tale of the young stonemason Danila who must choose between his village sweetheart Katerina and a magical temptress. It is based on fairy tales from the Urals collected by Pavel Bazhov and set in the middle of the 19th century.In Stone Flower you can feel Prokofiev's resignation after the hard struggle with the political situation but nevertheless he hasn't lost his brilliance and the music of his last ballet still is full of catchy tunes and joyousness.However with the completion of his composition it took four years before it received its premiere in Moscow and was not a great success at all. It was only three years later with the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich that Prokofiev's Stone Flower finally come to a glorious resurrection. The young choreographer simplified the story and focussed on nothing but the dance. The ballet became his first major success. The presented version shows a reproduction of this choreography from 1957 which has become immortal.
Shchedrin - Anna Karenina | DVD | (24/09/2003)
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina
Spartacus - Khachaturian | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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SpartacusBallet in Three Acts.Recorded At The Bolshoi Theatre 1990.
TDK DVD Opera And Ballet Sampler - 2004 And 2005 Catalogue Highlights | DVD | (31/05/2004)
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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)
Don Quixote | DVD | (18/12/2006)
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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.
Khachaturian - Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (21/04/2008)
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The awesome technique and strength of the Bolshoi Ballet is shown to great effect in Yuri Grigorvich's legendary Spartacus; the epic story of a Thracian slave's fight for freedom. Grigorvich's choreography fills the huge Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict. This 1984 performance was directed for video by Preben Montell and stars two of the greatest artists of the Bolshoi Ballet of recent years. Irek Mukhamedov brings his stunning technique to the role of Spartacus and Natalya Bessmertnova gives a deeply moving performance as his wife Phrygia.
Ballet School For Girls | DVD | (01/02/2008)
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This DVD presents a professional introduction to the world of ballet for children aged between 5 and 8. Ballet dancer Oleg Usenko and his partner Natalia Zemtzova teach you easy instructions from warming up to stretching or first dancing steps.
Johann Strauss Gala | DVD | (05/04/2000)
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Not only did 1999 mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Johann Strauss Sr., but the centenary of the passing of his son, Johann Strauss, "The Waltz King". To commemorate, on the evening of May 29, 1999 in Vienna's grand Heldenplatz almost 8,000 people gathered for a gala concert. This Wiener Philharmoniker performance was conducted by Zubin Meta (who had previously conducted the The Three Tenors, one of whom, José Carreras is here joined by soprano Andrea Rost for two duets from Strauss operettas). At 103 minutes this DVD offers 19 selections, but either there was an interval after just six pieces, or considering how rapidly it gets dark between "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka" and the "Overture" from Die Fledermaus, there has been some cutting. Given such a great orchestra and the wonderful setting, it would have been nice to see people dancing to what is after all, real dance music. Despite the static nature of the event, the music is still uplifting, moving even the staid Vienna audience to clap along by the finale of the rousing "Radetzky March".On the DVD: Other than some useful booklet notes there are no special features, and unlike most other Arthaus titles the sound is offered only in stereo Dolby Digital and PCM stereo. This is presumably due to the difficulties associated with outdoor acoustics and live recording which nearly prevented the concert going ahead. The anamorphically enhanced picture generally makes the most of the spectacular location, having a clarity in the close-ups such that it is virtually possible to count the hairs on the musicians heads.--Gary S. Dalkin
Natalia Makarova - Natasha | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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Natalia Makarova is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest ballerinas of our age. The content of this television spectacular was chosen to show off the astonishing range and artistry of this uniquely gifted dancer. Some of Makarova's most acclaimed interpretations are featured in this recording alongside dances created especially for her. Highlights include her portrayal of Natalya Petrovna in Ashton's A Month in the Country and Juliet in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet as well as extracts from Carmen Manon Les Sylphides and the musicals On Your Toes and Begin the Beguine. She is partnered by Anthony Dowell Denys Ganio Tim Flavin Gary Chryst and the Norman Maen Dancers. The dance programme is linked by Makarova and her charming personality fascinating life and love of dance shine through to create an intriguing visual biography of one of the greatest female dancers of our time. The music for Natasha was specially recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.
Strauss - Aschenbrodel | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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Bach - Cello Suites 2, 3 and 6 (Herrmann, Zurich Ballet) | DVD | (08/05/2006)
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Dance Theatre Of Harlem | DVD | (28/02/2001)
from £22.09 | Saving you £2.90 (11.60%) | RRP
The Dance Theatre of Harlem has long since entered the history books as the world's foremost black classical ballet company, founded in 1969 by School of American Ballet graduate Arthur Mitchell. In 1989, RM Arts and Danmarks Radio produced a studio repertoire of four of the company's most popular works, encapsulating the extraordinary mixture of grace and physicality that have captivated audiences globally. Quite possibly, too, they have attracted and inspired a different audience for whom the traditional trappings of classical ballet--tutus and tights--hold little appeal. Take "Troy Game", a short piece for six male dancers who tumble, fight, swagger, jostle and play in a joyful, gladiatorial celebration of male muscularity. It's ironic, sometimes challenging, and very funny. Or take "John Henry", an interpretation of the life of the legendary factory worker who resisted the increased automation of the steel industry but wore himself out in the process. These are ballets that draw heavily on folklore to create tension which is almost tangible. "Fall River Legend" is a reworking of the Lizzie Borden story (choreography by Agnes de Mille) and "The Beloved" is based on the story of an over-zealous minister who throttles his wife over a bible. It seems invidious to pick out individual artists but Virginia Johnson as Lizzie and Eddie J Shellman as John Henry embody the dramatic, character-driven dancing which is the foundation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem's reputation: exhilarating and compelling. On the DVD: PCM stereo-sound quality is adequate for the music, much of it derived from American folk tunes. The 4:3 picture format favours some fine camera work which moves in among the dancers. This is especially effective for the fast-moving "Troy Game" and the stylised settings of "Fall River Legend", where the choreography generates an electric air of personal meltdown around axe murderess Lizzie Borden. An important feature is an introduction to the Dance Theatre of Harlem by its founder, the genial Arthur Mitchell. The accompanying booklet provides a potted history. --Piers Ford
Bolshoi Ballet And Kirov Ballet - Dancing For Dollars | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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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.
La Chauve-Souris - Strauss | DVD | (21/01/2005)
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Strauss: La Chauve-Souris
Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation - Catherine Wheel | DVD | (14/11/2005)
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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