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  • Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) [2007] Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £9.55  |  Saving you £6.14 (26.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Maya Plisetskaya - Diva Of Dance Maya Plisetskaya - Diva Of Dance | DVD | (03/02/2006) from £15.39  |  Saving you £9.60 (38.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Maya Plisetskaya: Diva Of Dance

  • La Bayadere La Bayadere | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £14.41  |  Saving you £0.58 (3.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The ballet is set in legendary India. Solar the noblest and braviest warrior of the land returns with his comrades from hunting the tiger. On the pretext that he wants to pray at the holy fire he asks his friends to leave him on his own. In reality however he hopes to meet his secret lover the Bayadere or temple dancer Nikiya. After they have left Solor calls the fakir Magdayeva whom he wants to help him arrange a secret meeting with Nikiyal they are however interrupted by the arrival of the high Brahman and the priests. The Brahman orders Magdaveya to call the other fakirs and to light the holy fire for the celebrations. The Bayaderes appear and begin their ritual dance. When they have finished their dance Nikiya appears; she has been chosen to be ordained as their leader and is taken to the Brahman who lifts her veil and is overwhelmed by her beauty.

  • Romeo And Juliet - Prokofiev Romeo And Juliet - Prokofiev | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £11.57  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)Romeo and JulietBallet in three actsLibretto by Sergei Pokofiev Sergei Radlov and Adrian PiotrovskyBased on the play by William ShakespeareRevised choreography by Yuri Grigorovich based on the choreography by Leonid LavrovskyJuliet Natalya BessmertnovaRomeo Irek MukhamedovMercutio Mikhail SharkovTybalt Aleksandr VetrovThe Bolshoi Theatre OrchestraAlgis ZhuraitisRecorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989

  • Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £9.99  |  Saving you £9.30 (46.50%)  |  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.

  • 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

  • The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet [1988] The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £13.99  |  Saving you £4.54 (19.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The is an essential visual reference of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in Ballet. Teachers and students will find this the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs this set includes over 800 variations in Russian French and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This programme demonstrates the complete language of ballet: Positions and Directions Barre Linking Steps Center Practice Pirouettes Adage Allegro Batterie Pointe Musical Enchainements. For easy reference a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide features four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre former principal dancer ABT) Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer The Royal Ballet) Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer New York City Ballet) and Denise Jackson (former principal dancer The Joffrey Ballet).

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky [1989] Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/11/2004) from £6.35  |  Saving you £0.71 (4.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Swan Lake From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989Ballet in Two Acts Four Scenes

  • The Nutcracker [1999] The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's easy to see why The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's perennially popular ballet first performed in 1892, has such enduring appeal. As Patrice Bart's 1999 production shows, it is always beautiful to look at, lending itself to the Christmas season where it has a permanent place in the schedules of the major dance companies. And Hoffmann's tale of the troubled child who must go on a wonderful (and occasionally terrifying) journey of discovery has a universal and timeless appeal. Bart's production for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin builds on Petipa's original choreography and develops the context of the child Marie's (Nadja Saidakova) anxiety into a strong narrative. The godfather Drosselmayer (Oliver Matz) is initially a sinister figure, forcing her to confront past events before leading her into the glittering land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here, all expectations are exceeded. The familiarity of Tchaikovsky's intricately woven themes works in total harmony with sumptuous production values. The dancing is sublime. As the Prince, Vladimir Malakhov evokes the spirit of a young Nureyev. His pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy should challenge even the most cynical tear ducts. Sit back, share the frisson of anticipation as Daniel Barenboim enters the conductor's box and let the whole experience engulf you. On the DVD: There are no extras. In addition to the 16:9 picture format, which enhances the authentic theatrical atmosphere, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound helps make this Nutcracker an aural feast. Under Barenboim's masterful control, the orchestra draws you into the heart of the music. Booklet notes provide historical background as well as performer biographies, but a more complete cast list would have been useful. --Piers Ford

  • Masterpieces Of British Ballet [1982] Masterpieces Of British Ballet | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £21.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (5.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Moiseyev Dance Company: A Gala Evening [1980] Moiseyev Dance Company: A Gala Evening | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £13.52  |  Saving you £8.14 (32.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Moiseyev Dance Company Russia's most travelled troupe has broken box office records in more than 50 countries. Trained in classical ballet folk dancing and acrobatics their repertoire includes dances from all the former Soviet regions as well as from Poland Mexico and Japan.The company's creator Igor Moiseyev a distinguished choreographer ballet master and leading dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet says 'My dancers not only master technique but they should have unusual stamina the daring of an acrobat the skill of a juggler the speed of a fencer and know how to act as well!'The Moiseyev Dance Company A Gala Evening - athletic entertaining and a rare blend of grace and power.

  • Glazunov - Raymonda [1980] Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.29  |  Saving you £1.70 (7.40%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £22.35  |  Saving you £7.64 (25.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Featuring The Sleeping Beauty Ballet performed by the Het National Ballet recorded at the Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.

  • Burn The Floor Burn The Floor | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £26.90  |  Saving you £-13.91 (-107.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Conceived directed and choreographed by World Champion Ballroom dancer Jason Gilkison who choreographed the original 'Burn the Floor' which has been seen by over 3 million people worldwide. 'Floor Play' has been ten years in the making and features a hand picked cast of dancers.

  • The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky [1989] The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1989.Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker which was written in 1891 premiered in St. Petersburg in 1892 and first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow in 1919 shows no sign of losing its hold as the No. 1 Christmas ballet. It is based on the fairytale The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman and tells the story of the young girl Clara who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.The ballet is a fantastic tale presented in the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich. It is filled with beautiful music - the Waltz of the Snow flakes and the pas de deux of Sugar-Plum Fairy and Prince have become immortal - as well as enchanting costumes and a fabulous setting at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

  • Three By Rambert Three By Rambert | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £21.35  |  Saving you £3.64 (14.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Intimate PagesLonely Town, Lonely StreetSergeant Early's Dream

  • Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants | DVD | (26/05/2008) from £32.01  |  Saving you £0.98 (3.00%)  |  RRP £32.99

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (02/01/2007) from £19.59  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Agnes Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, Jose Martinez, a convincing, pale vulnerable Prince Siegfried, and Karl Paguette, doubling as a dutiful Wolfgang and an equally devious Rothbart, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream' version of Swan Lake, Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's lyrical ballet, far from being a cliched stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an expose of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions. Under the inspired and clear-cut musical direction of Vello Pahn, this production of one of the jewels of the Paris Opera Ballet's repertoire brilliantly displays the meticulous precision, technical prowess and pure, unmanbnered style of the company's unrivalled female corps de ballet, eliciting an ethereal, intense beauty, captured for DVD in High Definition video and superb surround sound.

  • Jose Limon - Three Modern Dance Classics [1949] Jose Limon - Three Modern Dance Classics | DVD | (31/01/2003) from £18.05  |  Saving you £0.94 (4.90%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Jose Limon (1908-1972) was a Mexican-American choreographer who continues to be regarded as one of the modern dance world's seminal creative artists known for his intense dramatic presence and the theatricality and musicality of his dances. Here for the first time on video are three of his most famous works with the original casts filmed in their entirety for the Canadian Broadcasting Company in the 1950s.THE MOORS PAVANE (1949) is generally considered to be one of the great masterworks in the modern repertory. In the form of a Renaissance dance Limon destills the legend of Othello into a taut one-act human drama with music by Henry Pucell. Joining Limon are his close collaborators Lucas Hoving Pauline Koner and Betty Jones. Telecast date: March 6 1955.THE TRAITOR (1954) was Limon's response to the McCarthy hearings and the climate of betrayal that haunted the arts and entertainment fields during this period. Against a music score of violence passion and tenderness (by Gunther Schuller) the tragedy of Judas is portrayed as if it were taking place in modern times. Telecast date: October 23 1955.THE EMPEROR JONES (1956) is based upon the play by Eugene O'Neill wherein a fugitive from a chain gang sets himself up as the ruler of an island domain. He becomes a tyrant and his mistreated subjects eventually rebel and hunt him down. For this dance Limon commissioned a musical score from Heitor Villa-Lobos. Telecast date: March 13 1957.

  • 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

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