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  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' performed by The Kirov Ballet and Orchestra conducted by Viktor Fedotov. Dancers include Viktor Baranov and Larissa Lezhnina. Filmed at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

  • Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) [Blu-ray] Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009) from £18.56  |  Saving you £11.43 (38.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity. Edouard Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with the delicate sensual lighting of Andr? Turpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience. The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works, created in the 60s for The Velvet Underground.

  • Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £18.04  |  Saving you £1.95 (9.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three of the most enchanting Ballet's brought together for the first time as a specially packaged gift for any aspiring ballet dancer

  • 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.

  • Ballet Dancer Double Ballet Dancer Double | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £19.28  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Girls of all ages love putting on their ballet shoes and dancing. This delightful collection shows aspiring ballerinas everything they need to do to dance beautifully and gracefully. Includes How to be a Ballet Dancer and You can be a Ballet Dancer.

  • The Parsons Dance Company [1995] The Parsons Dance Company | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    If you like your contemporary dance to be full of abstraction and metaphor, The Parsons Dance Company is unlikely to move you greatly. However, if you believe that dance should be about something, then you'll appreciate the group's work and its leader's choreography. Rather more widely known in his native US than elsewhere, David Parsons spent nearly 10 years with the Paul Taylor Company before forming his own group in 1987. The seven dances here are each inspired by a very specific idea such as social interaction, male companionship or judgmental behaviour. "Reflections of Four" is both the most interesting and, in some ways, the most irritating piece. Taking as its theme "the strength of women", it's a tour de force for the troupe's female members while also being patronising to the point of sexism--no doubt there's a reason for the dance being staged in four inches of water other than for the girlies to get their leotards wet, but you can almost hear Barry White grunting "Feel mah lurve". Elsewhere, it's a woman who gets her top pulled off during "Scrutiny" for no obvious reason, while David Hasselhof lookalike Parsons reserves the clinical appraisal alluded to in the title for his female dancers. These odd peculiarities aside, this is a successful and very approachable collection. On the DVD: The Parsons Dance Company on disc has the dances interspersed with extra material in the form of interview excerpts with Parsons--Roger Thomas

  • Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre [1983] Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre | DVD | (23/02/1998) from £11.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (37.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Baryshnikov, Harvey and Don Quixote is a combination which could hardly fail to be a crowd-pleaser, but in an era when armchair ballet audiences have a huge selection of sure-fire winners to choose from it's worth reflecting on just why this production is so good. This is the 1983 Quixote from the New York Metropolitan Opera House, full-length and, indeed, full of merit. The staging is traditional and over-designed in the best possible way, with Brian Large's video direction capturing the whole apparatus with consummate skill (this is one of the few canned ballets which won't have you fretting over there being too many or not enough close-ups, tracking shots, wide-angle panoramas and so on--they're all there, and they're all uncannily where they should be) and with the cast seemingly having an enormous amount of fun, particularly Baryshnikov himself, whose twinkly eyed Basil is totally engaging. The most intriguing performance, however, falls to Richard Schafer as Quixote. Rather than allow the character to degenerate into buffoonery, Schafer depicts the elderly knight as mysterious and, indeed, almost mystical in his delusions; here, Quixote is not so much a clown but a seer, bearing a strange dignity which contrasts poignantly with the rumbustiousness around him--an elegant twist within an already very pleasing interpretation. --Roger Thomas

  • Dein Perry's Tap Dogs [1996] Dein Perry's Tap Dogs | DVD | (01/06/1998) from £8.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Tap Dogs the all-male Australian dance troupe have taken the world by storm becoming an international sensation with their sell out tour..leaving packed audiences gasping and howling for more! Tap Dogs put power humour high velocity and raw energy into tap. This is a show that hypnotises audiences with the thunder of synchronised feet. Aussie guys stomp their way through a dynamic succession of pulsating routines. This is testosterone tap!

  • Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet [1984] Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £12.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (30.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Mariinsky Ballet Orchestra) [Blu-ray] [1996] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Mariinsky Ballet Orchestra) | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £18.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (14.70%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, performed at the Mariinsky Theatre by the Artists of the Mariinsky Ballet and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, and conducted by Valery Gergiev.

  • Cinderella Cinderella | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £31.99

    A production of 'Cinderella' by the famed Bolshoi ballet company. Soloists include G. Komleva M. Daoukaev L. Galinskaja and M Koul.

  • Romeo And Juliet Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £11.25  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Since its performance by The Royal Ballet in 1965 Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece Romeo and Juliet has been one of the greatest successes in the repertory winning world wide acclaim. His powerful and sensual choreography thrillingly captures the passion and agony of Shakespeare's tragedy alongside Prokofiev's glorious score. The classic performance filmed at Covent Garden in 1984 stars Wayne Eagling and Alessandra Ferri as the lovers both of whom dance their roles with tremendous intensity.

  • La Bayadere [1994] La Bayadere | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £11.25  |  Saving you £6.70 (37.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A ballet in three acts by Rudolf Nureyev from the Palais Garnier. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a bayadere who is later killed by her rival...

  • Riverdance - Live From New York City [1996] Riverdance - Live From New York City | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £5.60  |  Saving you £9.39 (62.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The Irish hard-shoe sensation Riverdance underwent its second incarnation with Live from New York City, a 1996 performance filmed at Radio City Music Hall. The dazzling choreography and energetic score remain, but Michael Flatley was replaced by less-flamboyant Colin Dunne, a superb technician who works well with Flatley's former colead, Jean Butler. About half an hour longer than the 1995 original, Live from New York City expands upon the second act's theme of the Irish leaving their homeland for other parts of the world. In the most engaging new number, "Trading Taps", a trio of Irish dancers faces off against two urban American tappers. While much of this show will be familiar, it's different enough to be enjoyed on its own terms. It's also more stylishly shot, but that's also its biggest drawback--frenetic editing that allows only brief glimpses of the dancers and leaves the viewer dizzy. --David Horiuchi

  • Bamboo Dream Bamboo Dream | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £5.56  |  Saving you £16.02 (64.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A 'blend' of ballet contemporary dance and Chinese dance which follows the seasons of the year. Choreography by Lin Hwai-Min. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's extraordinary blend of contemporary dance ballet and traditional CHinese dance takes it influence from elements as diverse as calligraphy meditation and martial arts. Here in the choreography of artistic director Lin Hwai-Min age-old beliefs and stories are brought into contemporary and universal perspective taking inspiration from the bamboo seen in China as a symbol of integrity and epitome of elegance.

  • Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill | DVD | (12/07/2006) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Three features from choreographer Christopher Bruce including: 'Silence Is The End Of Our Song (1983)' 'Rooster (1994)' and 'Swansong (1989)'.

  • Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £13.19  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Giselle [1983] Giselle | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £12.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The strength of the Kirov Ballet's Giselle is also, in a sense, its principal weakness: this is a no-gimmicks, no-frills production in a performing tradition that goes back to the introduction of the work to Russia in the mid-19th century. The advantage of this is that, after all, Adam's ballet is a work of deliberate naiveté, in which a village maiden dies of a broken heart over the mere fact that her lover has deceived her about his social class; there is no subtext here nor any need for any. Galina Mezentseva is more or less perfect, both in the delicate simplicity of her every gesture and movement and in the overall sweetness and devotion that they convey; Konstantin Zaklinsky is an equally fine Albrecht--for once we entirely believe in his absence of malicious intent and welcome his salvation from her vengeful fellow ghosts. Of the others, Gennadi Selyutsky is a slightly melodramatic Hilarion, whose death in terror is a fine piece of high Victorian theatre, and Tatyana Terekhova makes the spirits' leader a figure in whom terrifying justice and vengefulness are united. On the DVD: The DVD has no frills either except for a link to the NVC-arts Web site; the booklet provides a synopsis and, criminally, no other information about either ballet, production or stars. --Roz Kaveney

  • Margot Fonteyn - A Portrait [1989] Margot Fonteyn - A Portrait | DVD | (20/04/2001) from £7.60  |  Saving you £10.68 (53.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Just two years before she died in 1991, Margot Fonteyn finally allowed a documentary to be made about her life and legendary career as the most romantic prima ballerina of all. Fortunately, the task fell to Patricia Foy. Together with her later appreciation of Rudolf Nureyev, this study offers an invaluable insight into the two dominant and most widely popular dancers of the 20th century. Fonteyn talks directly to camera, with disarming simplicity, about a professional career which endured for more than 40 remarkable years. Reminiscences of a childhood and youth in which she entertained ideas of being a tap dancer (it took Ninette de Valois to spot her unique talent) give way to archive footage of famous performances and interviews with key collaborators including Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann. Fascinating home movies give a brief glimpse of a hard-working but jet-set lifestyle which included sailing on Onassis' yacht with Maria Callas. But Fonteyn was that rarest of beings: a genuine celebrity who didn't appreciate her own authentic claim to greatness for many years. The understated way in which she discusses her marriage to Panamanian diplomat Roberto de Arias, her arrest and deportation during his unsuccessful attempt at a coup and later, the paralysing effect of a gunshot wound which would leave him a permanent invalid in her constant care, is deeply moving. Ultimately though, there is the dancing, and that partnership with Nureyev. Fonteyn was 42 when they first joined forces and she was anxious not to appear as "mutton dancing with lamb". How ironic. The erotic charge which they generated is still palpable in extended excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Essential viewing for balletomanes of every age. On the DVD: Apart from a trailer for other Arthaus releases, there are no special features. The mono sound does the musical extracts no favours, but it's the interviews that make this an archivist's treat. Well-produced, with the customary detailed booklet. --Piers Ford

  • Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap [1976] Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £16.99

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