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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Moniuszko - Halka Moniuszko - Halka | DVD | (14/09/2006) from £18.90  |  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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Sleeping Beauty [2000] The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (02/10/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Recorded live at The Victorian Arts Centre by the Australian Ballet Company this ballet tells the story of Princess Aurora who is put to sleep for one hundred years by the wicked Fairy Carabosse.

  • 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

  • La Sylphide [2004] La Sylphide | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £21.35  |  Saving you £3.64 (14.60%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Highlights From The Royal Ballet Highlights From The Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £13.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (8.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This DVD features a selection of stunning performances from one of the world's leading ballet companies. Extracts from four of The Royal Ballet's most popular works are featured here including Tchaikovsky's magical ballet The Nutcracker and the delightful comedy La Fille Mal Garde choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. There are also highlights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and from Manon two ballets choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan who created so many powerful works

  • Manon [2000] Manon | DVD | (16/10/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Recorded live at The Adelaide Festival Theatre this ballet tells the story of Manon a young woman who falls in love with Des Grieux a penniless student.

  • Don Quixote Don Quixote | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £5.29  |  Saving you £0.70 (11.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    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.

  • Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £18.93  |  Saving you £6.06 (24.20%)  |  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

  • Nutcracker (The Bolshoi Ballet) Nutcracker (The Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (30/11/1999) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £6.15

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1992] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (5.80%)  |  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.

  • 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!

  • Ballet School For Girls Ballet School For Girls | DVD | (01/02/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £8.99

    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.

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