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  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £5.99  |  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.

  • Kirov Ballet - Classic Ballet Night [1982] Kirov Ballet - Classic Ballet Night | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £10.98  |  Saving you £7.01 (39.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

  • Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Prokofiev's last ballet and based on a fairy tale from the Urals thus mixing classical dance with folk choreography. This production was performed at the Maryinsky Theatre St Petersburg in 1991. With leading ballerinas Anna Polikarpova and Aleksandr Gulyaev. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich.

  • Macmillan Ballet Classics Macmillan Ballet Classics | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £12.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (49.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created some of the most popular ballets of the late 20th century drawing inspiration from impassioned and complex relationships from music and from young dancers whose talent he nurtured. This boxed set includes Romeo and Juliet and Manon two of the most frequently performed works in The Royal Ballet''s repertory and Prince of the Pagodas in which the role of Princess Rose was created for the young Darcey Bussell. Romeo And Juliet Prokofiev Since its first 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. Nicholas Georgiadis'' designs colourfully evoke Renaissance Italy and provide a magnificent setting for the unfolding drama from the splendour of the Capulet ball to the cold bleakness of the vault in the last tragic moments. This classic performance filmed at Covent Garden in 1984 stars Wayne Eagling and Alessandra Ferri as the lovers both of whom convey the intensity of young love. Prince Of The Pagodas Britten Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious ballet The Prince of the Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting oriental designs complement Britten's only ballet score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan establishing a fairy tale ambience. This production by The Royal Ballet filmed at Covent Garden in 1990 stars Darcey Bussell in dazzling form as Princess Rose and Jonathan Cope as the Prince. This is the role that launched Darcey Bussell''s career. Accompanying The Prince of the Pagodas is Out Of Line a documentary portrait of Kenneth MacMillan with extracts from many of his ballets including The Burrow Romeo And Juliet Gloria Manon and The Prince Of The Pagodas. Manon Music of Massenet orch. Lucas Kenneth MacMillan''s tragic lyric ballet is a moving tale of corrupted innocence in early 18th Century Paris in which the lovely Manon finds both happiness and grief at the hands of men who love and abuse her. Manon is one of MacMillan''s best-loved ballets and this acclaimed 1982 performance from The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden stars Jennifer Penney as Manon and Anthony Dowell as Des Grieux with David Wall as Lescaut.

  • Black Cake And Concertante [1997] Black Cake And Concertante | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £9.11  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  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.

  • Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap [1976] Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £16.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

  • The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £14.77  |  Saving you £3.22 (17.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kenneth MacMillan choreographed his last ballet The Judas Tree for Irek Mukhamedov who takes the lead in this striking production. A vampish woman turns up on a building site in dockland wastes and causes an explosive reaction amongst a group of thirteen workmen led by their Foreman. In the heated confusion only one man responds with tenderness. Gradually the dark underside of male sexuality is exposed and the power of peer pressure takes over. The ballet spirals into a climax

  • I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £8.50  |  Saving you £1.40 (14.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

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

  • Return Of The Firebird Return Of The Firebird | DVD | (18/11/2002) from £11.49  |  Saving you £2.50 (17.90%)  |  RRP £13.99

    A ballet DVD to delight fans of the classics 'Firebird' 'Petrushka' and 'Scheherazade'.

  • Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet [1974] Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £18.98  |  Saving you £4.01 (17.40%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £14.60  |  Saving you £3.20 (17.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    When Rudolf Nureyev created a new version of The Sleeping Beauty for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1989, Tchaikovsky's richest, most gem-studded score was about to celebrate its 100th birthday. He made some modifications to the original score and stagings, but basically took Marius Petipa's choreography and polished it with the greatest of respect for what he dubbed "the ballet of ballets". Ten years later, the Opera Bastille adopted his version in a sumptuous new production, and what a sensory experience it turns out to be. For one thing, the brilliance of the classical sets and costumes fills the huge stage of the Opera Bastille with extravagant glamour. For another, the quality of the dancing is superb at every level. Aurélie Dupont as Princess Aurore and Manuel Legris as her Prince Désiré trigger sublime romance in their ultimate pas de deux. Other highlights include Nathalie Aubin's sinuously evil Carabosse, finally managing to deliver the fateful needle in a bunch of flowers before meeting her match in the Lilac Fairy, and the parade of fairy-tale characters in Act III. This is a connoisseur's production, true. It celebrates one of the greatest classical ballets and the genius of one of the greatest dancers. But it is also a superb entertainment, certain to generate a festive thrill in the chilliest of hearts. On the DVD: Excellent sound quality (Dolby Digital 2.0) and the 16:9 picture format do proper justice to the sweeping, theatrical scale of the production. The disc also includes printable articles on Petipa's and Nureyev's choreography and a link to NVC Arts' Web site. The comprehensive booklet includes explanations of Nureyev's alterations, a brief history of the ballet and a plot synopsis. --Piers Ford

  • The Glory Of The Kirov Ballet The Glory Of The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £15.71  |  Saving you £2.28 (12.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Glory of the Kirov assembles footage from a variety of Russian sources--some of it, including moments from the early careers of famous defectors such as Nureyev and Baryshnikov, was previously suppressed and thought lost. The Kirov Ballet and Opera of St. Petersburg, and their earlier incarnation as the Maryinsky, have always been the Bolshoi's principal Russian rival and an impressive nursery of talent. This profile includes silent footage of the Ballet Russe's Tamara Karsavina doing her barre exercises as well as a classic extract from Ulanova's White Swan pas de deux in the 1940s. The 1960s are heavily represented here with extracts from Glazunov's Raymonda and Khatchaturian's Spartacus as well as even more famous repertory such as Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Petipa's choreography for Le Corsaire. There are also two versions of Fokine's Dying Swan, one from Olga Moiseyeva and a performance from Makarova whose sublimity almost makes us forget the tasteless arrangement of the Saint-Saens score for strings and Hollywood choir. This disc encapsulates the greatness of Russian ballet in its Soviet period as well as some of its lapses of taste. --Roz Kaveney

  • Coppelia - Delibes Coppelia - Delibes | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £12.15  |  Saving you £2.84 (18.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Delibes: Coppelia (Smith Australian Opera/Ballet Orchetra)

  • The Prince Of The Pagodas The Prince Of The Pagodas | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious version of The Prince of The Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Benjamin Britain's exotic score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan is the only one that he created for ballet. The oriental theme is followed through with Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting designs enhancing the fairytale atmosphere. This production by the Royal Ballet filmed at Covent Garden in 1990 stars Darcey Bussell in dazzling form as Princess Rose and Jonathan Cope as the Prince. This is the role that launched Bussell's career. MacMillan had noted her exceptional talent while she was still a student and he chose her to create the role of Princess Rose for him.

  • Shadowland [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] Shadowland | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £5.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (57.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The original shadow theatre sensation from award-winning dance company Pilobolus whose performance on the 79th Academy Awards took the world by storm. SHADOWLAND is a mesmerising blend of contemporary shadow theatre and modern dance. This astonishing stage production tells the story of a young girl’s coming of age as she longs for independence. With fluid dream sequences stunning choreography and the heart and humour of a love story SHADOWLAND celebrates the strange transformative power of the dark to show us who we are in the most unexpected and thrilling ways. Previously only seen on stage you can now immerse yourself in the world of SHADOWLAND as it is captured on film for the very first time.

  • Black And White Ballet [1995] Black And White Ballet | DVD | (18/07/2000) from £18.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (25.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Black and White Ballet is a treat for all fans of contemporary dance. The Nederlands Dans Theater's reputation is formidable in any event, but there's also a tradition in the Netherlands of producing modern dance for television and video media with enormous expertise, as owners of the superb Springdance VHS collections will testify. The advent of DVD has of course upped the ante considerably in terms of detail and overall production values, with this disc being a fine example of what can be achieved. The stark, monochromatic staging of this sequence of dance pieces is overlaid by a choice of music which encompasses Mozart, Bach and Webern, but it's the opening item, set to the first part of Steve Reich's Drumming, which is the most compelling, displaying as it does the power of dance to extrapolate from music rather than just accompany it. In terms of features, the disc is pretty spartan, with a stereo-only soundtrack and no extra features worthy of the name, but the overall result is nevertheless highly recommended.--Roger Thomas

  • La Sylphide - Royal Danish Ballet La Sylphide - Royal Danish Ballet | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (29.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    La Sylphide which first appeared in the 1830's was the world's first Romantic ballet. The story of James a young Scottish farmer enchanted by a sylph or tree fairy on the eve of his wedding combines reality and fantasy. The great Danish choreographer August Bournoville created a version of La Sylphide for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1836 and it remains his most famous and enduring ballet. The Royal Danish Ballet rightly regards its interpretations of the Bournoville classics as being in the purest and most faithfully maintained tradition. This production recorded at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen in 1988 features Lis Jeppesen as La Sylphide. She is of the most famous interpreters of the role which requires lyrical interpretation as well as superb technique. Nikolaj Hubbe and Sorella Englund also star as James and Madge respectively.

  • Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee [1981] Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £16.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee (Lanchbery Wiener Symphoniker)

  • A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Charles Dickens' immortal tale here revels in a delightful adaptation for dance drama in three acts by Christopher Gable distinguished choreographer actor and former Royal Ballet star who died in 1998. The work is laced with Carl Davis' sparkling Christmas music which also requires the dancers to sing at various points. The featured company is the renowned Northern Ballet Theatre who here dance with infectious ebullience and vivacity.

  • Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £11.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (44.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A magical new version of a much loved classic. Filmed in The Mariinsky Theatre St.Petersburg where it was first performed in 1892. Following Decca's beautiful Swan Lake comes another outstanding production on DVD from the Mariinsky Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker yet a Nutcracker with a twist. The 'adult' Nutcracker. Worlds away from the traditional and warm versions popular at Christmas this unconventional production reinterpreted by Russian emigre and world-renowned avantgarde artist Mikhail Shemiakin is surreal and at times disturbing making this DVD an unusual but essential part of any ballet lover's collection. Shemiakin also designs the eye-catching costumes and startling staging. Two of the Mariinsky's young stars Leonid Sarafanov and Irina Golub dance the main roles. Despite the startling aspects of this production none of the spectacle and awe-inspiring quality of their dancing is lost. Valery Gergiev conducts a complete and un-cut version of Tchaikovsky's popular and much-loved score.

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