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  • How To Be A Ballet Dancer How To Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Every young girl loves ballet! It's every young girl's dream to be a ballet dancer and this magical DVD will show them how. Instructional and enjoyable this delightful production contains sections for those who want to practice ballet and home and for those who just wish to watch!

  • World B-Boy Championship World B-Boy Championship | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Features breathtaking footage from the World B-Boy Championship. Disc 1: 90 Minutes of pure heat from the World B-boy Championships featuring 16 uncut battles (director's commentary available on each battle). Disc 2: Exclusive audio tracks from the slammin soundtrack: SAS crew and many more!

  • Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) [2005] Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £18.87  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In 'Dido And Aeneas' Sasha Waltz Opens Up New Horizons In Music Theatre, Creating A Fusion Of Dance, SingingAnd Music-The Choreographic Opera.Singers, Dancers, Musicians And Designers All Play An Equsl Part In This Integrated Approach Towards Choreography.

  • Khachaturian: Spartacus (Timofeyeva, Liepa) Khachaturian: Spartacus (Timofeyeva, Liepa) | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    An opera in 3 acts.

  • Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) [2007] Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £16.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges [1986] Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges | DVD | (25/09/2000) from £16.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It was a happy idea to couple the Royal Ballet School production of Peter and the Wolf with the Netherlands Dance Theatre's L'enfant et les sortiléges, for in each story the boy is the protagonist, in one instance leading a wolf hunt and in the other wreaking revenge on his toys after his mother has locked him in his room to finish his homework. Neither work in their final form was conceived for dancing: the Prokofiev comes from the concert hall and the Ravel from the opera house. Colette, the authoress of Gigi penned the story of L'enfant et les sortil&ecute;ges, which is related here in an introduction by the choreographer Jiri Kylian with charm and a nod back at his own childhood pranks. Viewers coming to this dance version of the opera for the first time maybe be surprised that Ravel composed the boy's role for a girl and a rather buxom one in this instance. The somewhat gloomy, heavily embroidered production misses no opportunity in bringing to life the toys in the boy's room or the animals in the garden that turn on him in retribution. In conclusion as an act of compassion of binding the paw of an injured squirrel, the boy and the animal kingdom are reconciled in music of a truly sublime nature. Lorin Maazel conducts Ravel's sophisticated and witty score with its translucent vocal lines with the affection for which he has long been renowned. In marked contrast to that production, Peter and the Wolf is set against a plain backdrop with one prop, a slice of carved tree trunk centre stage. Anthony Dowell narrates and also dances the role of the Grandfather with aplomb. In each instance a musical instrument represents a character. The choreographer Matthew Hart marshals his small group of dancers, duck, cat, bird and wolf, with imagination and dexterity. David Johnson as Peter (represented by the full orchestra) gives a splendid performance, boyish and graceful, making a further excellent advertisement for schoolboys considering dancing as a career in the wake of Billy Elliot. A stylish presented and well contrasted double bill. --Adrian Edwards

  • La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/01/2004) from £16.50  |  Saving you £3.40 (14.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Pugny / Lacotte: The Pharoah's Daughter

  • Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 [2007] Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £18.41  |  Saving you £6.58 (26.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This double bill from one of the world's leading choreographers offers two of his major works, danced by Paris Opera Ballet. The dreamlike Songe de Medee, with music by Mauro Lanza and freely based on the Greek myth of Medea, explores a woman's soul, portraying her, paradoxically, as a tender loving mother and a tormented victim who sacrifices everything, including her children, for love.

  • Cinderella - Prokofiev/Spoerli/Zurich Ballet [2003] Cinderella - Prokofiev/Spoerli/Zurich Ballet | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £16.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    CinderellaBallet in two acts.

  • David Bintley's Hobson's Choice David Bintley's Hobson's Choice | DVD | (02/05/2006) from £19.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This special studio recording of David Bintley's three act ballet is an enchanting portrayal of life in a northern English town at the turn of the 19th century. It is based on Harold Brighouse's much-loved play of the same name.

  • Johann Strauss Gala [1999] Johann Strauss Gala | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £4.75  |  Saving you £13.52 (67.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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

  • Khachaturian: Spartacus [Blu-ray] Khachaturian: Spartacus | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £18.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (15.20%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Aram Khachaturian's Spartacvu The Bolshoi Ballet. Performed by Soloists and Corps de ballet of The Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia.

  • Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) [Blu-ray] Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009) from £19.67  |  Saving you £10.32 (34.40%)  |  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.

  • Maya Plisetskaya - Diva Of Dance Maya Plisetskaya - Diva Of Dance | DVD | (03/02/2006) from £12.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Maya Plisetskaya: Diva Of Dance

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Recorded live at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan 14 April 2004La Scala's 2004 Swan Lake brings together two world stars of classical ballet in the lead roles Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in this traditional production of Tchaikovsky's fairy story. The production comes from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi La Scala's temporary home at the time.There is certainly scope for various interpretations of the swan myth which goes back to antiquity when Jupiter took the shape of a swan and seduced Leda the wife of the king of the Spartans. The Milan production does not deny the psychological subtexts - the transformation of the girl Odette into a swan by being taken under Rothbart's huge wings in the prologue sets of black and white in the white acts and the most varied and colourful costumes in the merry ball scenes. The world of Prince Siegfried before the intrusion of Rothbart is characterised by Arcadian like pastel-colours and when Siegfried successfully fights him to free Odette from the spell the staging creates a most impressive lake scenery with roaring waters which acts as a transforming experience for Siegfried as well as Odette.Directed by Florence Clerc from Paris and Frederic Olivieri Artistic Director with the La Scala Ballet the Milan staging combines the best of both worlds in ballet: Russian classical school with the history of choreographic adaptation in the West. The filming underlines both aspects - in the expressive and soulful moments of the ballet the camera draws close to the dancers while it zooms out for the outstandingly symmetrical dancing of the swan scenes which the ballet has become so famous for.

  • Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £19.42  |  Saving you £0.57 (2.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Mozart: The Great Mass [2005] Mozart: The Great Mass | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £12.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Uwe Scholz ballet by the Leipzig Ballet company.

  • Paquita - Deldevez And Minkus [2003] Paquita - Deldevez And Minkus | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Edouard Marie Ernest Delvedez and Ludwig Minkus ballet with the original choreography recreated by Pierre Lacotte.

  • 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)'.

  • Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet [1992] Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £10.99  |  Saving you £-2.00 (-14.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Essential Ballet - The Kirov

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