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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Darcey Bussell Darcey Bussell | DVD | (08/11/2004) from £10.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (21.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A unique insight to the backstage preparation of Darcey Bussell on the road and in rehearsals. Featuring Adam Cooper in Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe. Darcey Pricipal Dancer of the Royal Ballet and a performer of charismatic beauty was born in London where she attended the Royal Ballet School. Kenneth MacMillan wrote Price Of The Pagodas in which Darcey created the role of Princess Rose and also Masha in MacMillan's Winter Dreams. Darcey has performed with the New York Cit

  • Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere [2004] Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £11.19  |  Saving you £4.80 (30.00%)  |  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.

  • Ballet Dancer Double Ballet Dancer Double | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £N/A  |  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.

  • Russian All Star Ice Ballet Group - Russian All-Stars - The Sleeping Beauty Russian All Star Ice Ballet Group - Russian All-Stars - The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £15.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (5.90%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - A Ballet On Ice

  • The Stone Flower - Prokofiev The Stone Flower - Prokofiev | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £3.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (78.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    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.

  • I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £7.50  |  Saving you £1.04 (10.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala.

  • Trockadero Ballet 1 [2001] Trockadero Ballet 1 | DVD | (07/01/2002) from £18.35  |  Saving you £1.64 (8.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The all-male dance company entertain with a number of familiar works performed in their unique style and filmed live at La Maison De La Danse Lyon. The programme includes: 'Swan Lake - Act II' 'The Dying Swan' 'Raymonda's Wedding' 'Go For Barocco' and 'Le Corsaire (Pas De Deux)'.

  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet has had many facelifts over the years. Peter Wright's Royal Ballet production is among the most imaginative, bringing together the narrative and fantasy aspects with relish. The first half of Act 1 is made busy but low-key, moving up a gear with the majestic Christmas tree "Transformation Scene", and ending with a gorgeous "Waltz of the Snowflakes". Act 2 decks out the lengthy sequence of character dances with vivid stage sets, culminating in a moving reconciliation between the magician Drosselmeyer and his nephew. Anthony Dowell brings authority, Ivan Putrov enthusiasm to their respective roles; Alina Cojocaru is sympathetic as Clara, and Miyako Yoshida steals the show as the Sugar-Plum Fairy. The Royal Opera House Orchestra take time to adjust to Evgeny Svetlanov's spacious tempos, but the showpieces have real emotional force. A Nutcracker for today, and a Christmas treat for all ages. On the DVD: The 16:9 anamorphic picture reproduces superbly, though rapid switches of camera angles in the ensemble scenes causes some blurring of focus. The PCM Stereo sound is equally realistic in its reproducing of the orchestra from the pit. Special features include insightful interviews with Dowell and Wright--with trilingual subtitles--a behind-the-scenes look at the "Transformation Scene", and alternative fixed wide shots of both that and the "Snowflakes" scenes. The 28 access points are given in the booklet's detailed synopsis. --Richard Whitehouse

  • La Chauve-Souris - Strauss [2003] La Chauve-Souris - Strauss | DVD | (21/01/2005) from £17.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (30.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Strauss: La Chauve-Souris

  • Margot Fonteyn - A Portrait [1989] Margot Fonteyn - A Portrait | DVD | (20/04/2001) from £7.70  |  Saving you £6.14 (30.70%)  |  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

  • Carmen Flamenco [1992] Carmen Flamenco | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £9.95  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on the story and music of Bizet's masterpiece Carmen Spanish choreographer Rafael Aguilar has created a fascinating erotic dance drama that fuses the expressionism of modern ballet with traditional Spanish dance. The audience itself is drawn into a maelstrom of emotions: a hot mixture of flamenco and bolero with subliminal dance scenes and sensual choreography. Using these elements in Carmen Flamenco Aguilar has created a timeless piece of dance drama that sets him apart f

  • Ballet Dance For Adult Beginners Ballet Dance For Adult Beginners | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    If you have always wanted to try ballet but have never had the courage to give it a go this class will prove to you that not only can ballet be easy to follow and learn but that it is an amazing form of physical exercise toning the muscles and helping you find balance strength and stamina. Using a wide range of musical styles teacher Deborah Sims clearly demonstrates each individual step.

  • Stravinsky - the Firebird and Petrushka (Kirov Ballet) Stravinsky - the Firebird and Petrushka (Kirov Ballet) | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £36.58

    The Firebird - a ballet in one act by Igor StravinskyPetrushka - a ballet in one act by Igor Stravinsky

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet [1996] Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002) from £20.41  |  Saving you £4.58 (18.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Two very different Stravinsky ballets are here presented by The Royal Ballet: the traditional, colourful designs perfectly suit the opulence of The Firebird, contrasting with the later, more austere, ritualistic scoring and choreography of Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Firebird is a traditional fairytale: the Prince gets his girl (a princess, naturally), with a little help from a magical Firebird, by defeating the evil Kostchei, who's holding the Princess and her fellow maidens captive. The devil notoriously gets all the best tunes, and with the riveting presence of David Drew's Kostchei it's apparent that baddies get the best moves in dance, too. Leanne Benjamin is an immensely athletic Firebird and Jonathan Cope, as the Prince, dances with style and personality. Les Noces is, by contrast, a genuine ensemble piece, with the principals (the bride and groom) being almost less important than the corps de ballet itself. There are a few moments of less-than-perfect ensemble here, but these pale into insignificance in the face of the raw power of Stravinsky's angular music (scored for four pianos, percussion and chorus with solo voices). A third item finds Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in his own Firebird Suite. The date was 1965 and he was a frail 83 at the time, but the concentration of the reading is compelling, as is his own stern visage, only breaking into a smile at the very end of the performance. This is an excellent filler for a first-rate ballet release. On the DVD: The Firebird & Les Noces on this disc are presented with terrific technical values, both visually and in sound quality (the Stravinsky archive performance is in mono, however, but it's perfectly respectable). This is a real feast for the eye, backed up by solid documentation in the booklet and excellent additional features--David Drew's arch and entertaining "Nijinska's World" and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage--that will appeal to both seasoned ballet fans and those who are new to the art form. --Harriet Smith

  • Sleeping Beauty - The Kirov Ballet Sleeping Beauty - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £12.16  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Choreography by Marius Petipa and featuring the 19th century ballet performed in 1982 to mark the company's bicentenary year. Three of the Kirov's finest dancers head the cast of this recording. Irina Kolpakova takes the title role of Princess Aurora Sergei Berezhnoi dances Prince Desire and Lubov Kunakova is the Lilac Fairy

  • The Red Army Choir Orchestra And Dance Ensemble - Live In Paris The Red Army Choir Orchestra And Dance Ensemble - Live In Paris | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £14.45  |  Saving you £1.54 (9.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Tracklistinig: 1. Titles 2. Russian National Anthem 3. Oh Fields My Fields (Song of the Plains) 4. Sacred War 5. In the Sunny Clearing 6. Kalinka 7. Cossack Dance 8. We Sing to Thee 9. On the Road (A Soldier's Song) 10. Smuglianka 11. Partisan's Song 12. Along the Peterskaya Raod 13. Dark Eyes 14. Navy Dance 15. Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (From Nabucco) 16. Bandit's Chorus (From Ernani) 17. Spanish Medley: Amapola/Valencia/Granada 18. Zaporogue's Cossacks 19. Excerpt from ""Bo

  • Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra [1984] Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £21.29  |  Saving you £11.70 (35.50%)  |  RRP £32.99

  • Ballet Favourites Ballet Favourites | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet Favorites is a spectacular compilation of sequences from some of the world's best loved ballets - La Fille mal Gardee The Nutcracker Giselle The Sleeping Beauty Romeo and Juliet La Bayadere The Prince of Pagodas and Don Quixote. On display are the talents of some of the greateset dancers of recent years with the world's top ballet companies: American Ballet Theatre The Royal Ballet The Kirov Ballet The Paris Opera Ballet.

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