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Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002)
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This new staging of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from the Royal Swedish Ballet features a dance ensemble of breathtaking wonder in a majestic staging true to the values of the original production. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright has built up the role of Prince Siegfried, giving him a greater presence right from the beginning when he appears as a mourner at the funeral of his father. Sir Peter also emphasises the darker forces that will destroy the romance between the Prince and Odette, the swan transformed into a beautiful maiden. These touches are manifest through the granite-like grandeur of the castle exterior and the skilful deployment of chiaroscuro, notably in the scenes by the lake where the indigo and royal blue contrast with the brilliant white worn by the corps de ballet. There are many other imaginative touches in the choreography, from the swans' initial entry, seemingly self-propelled to suggest their airborne flight overhead, to the comical turn of the bandy legged cygnets in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Nathalie Nordquist is an enchanting Odette, and, with a slight change in makeup, a characterful Odile. The Prince, danced by Anders Nordstrom, cuts an aristocratic figure, making an elegant partner for Odette. The swans are the last word in poise and grace. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in 16:9 anamorphic format with the option of stereo or surround sound. The picture quality is first class with good front-to-back depth. The orchestra may not be the world's most glamorous but there's compensation in hearing this score played in the theatre acoustic for which it was written. The special features are just that: an audio commentary on the plot, a list of notable productions, an interview with the two principal dancers, a history of the Royal Swedish Ballet from Director Peter Jacobbson and, best of all, an interview of wisdom and insight from Sir Peter Wright, the choreographer, entitled "Love Transcends Death". --Adrian Edwards
Ballet Favourites | DVD | (18/12/2006)
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On this exceptional DVD you'll find beautiful and popular ballet dancing performed in the grand classical style by renowned dancers that are rated internationally. The ballerinas principals and corps de ballet that are featured are without exception outstanding.
Giselle | DVD | (15/05/2000)
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Alolphe Adam's Giselle is the first of the great classical ballets and this production was choreographed by Patrice Bart and filmed at La Scala in Milan.
Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian | DVD | (01/10/2007)
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Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian.Bella Figura - Nederlands Dans Theater I.Sleepless - Nederlands Dans Theater II.Birth-day Nederlands Dans Theater III.
The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989:Includes:Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo And Juliet.Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake.Sleeping Beauty.The Nutcracker.
The Glory Of The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (02/04/2001)
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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
American Ballet Theatre at the Met | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This DVD realease features a fine quartet of ballets recorded live at the Metroplitan Opera House New York in June 1984. This mixed bill shows off both the lyrical and the virtuoso qualities of this famous comapny. Les Sylphides: Chopin's stunning one act 'romantic reverie' was premiered by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1909 with a cast including Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Choreographer Michael Fokine revived this productionfor American Ballet Theatre's opening perfor
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) | DVD | (30/06/2008)
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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.
A Tribute To Alvin Ailey | DVD | (18/12/2000)
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The legendary American choreographer Alvin Ailey is the subject of this well-balanced Tribute. Three of the four dances--"For Bird with Love", "Witness" and "Memoria"--are Ailey's, and the programme concludes with Ulysses Dove's "Episodes". Each is eloquently introduced by Judith Jamison, and each demonstrates the joyous, affectionate atmosphere which Ailey's work always seemed to generate. "For Bird with Love", a dance interpretation of the life of the seminal jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, is probably the best known and best loved of the items presented here. Ailey always relied on an element of rather camp Broadway glitz to carry his ideas beyond the hardcore audience for modern dance, and much of the work presented here is closer to Cats than to Cunningham. Overall, though, these dances are superbly structured, graceful edifices which transcend their showbiz influences, and there are few examples of the craft that are so extrovertly welcoming to the viewer. --Roger Thomas
Stars Of The Bolshoi Ballet perform Swan Lake | DVD | (19/05/2007)
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Enjoy a full length performance of the world's favourite ballet performed by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet of St Petersburg. Set to the celbrated music of Tchaikovsky this enduring love story tells the tale of Prince Siegfried who falls in love with the enchanted swan princess Odette. Condemned by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart the curse can be broken only by true love which would also destroy the evil magician. With the Grand Corps De Ballet from the Company of the National Ballet of St Petersburg dancing to the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.
Gael Force Dance | DVD | (29/07/2002)
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Filmed in Belfast 'Gaelforce Dance' is a supercharged Irish dance spectacular in the vein of Riverdance. Sensual and dramatic it has brought over one million people to their feet worldwide with its energy grace passion and mix of original and contemporary Irish dance music.
Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Tzigane / Andante | DVD | (01/08/2004)
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George Balanchine is regarded as one of ballet's greatest choregraphers and one of the great artists of the 20th Century. He had a huge impact on the cultural history of New York City. This DVD is the first half of a two disc set featuring Balanchine's best known works performed by New York City Ballet and released as part of this year's George Balanchine Cenetenary Celebrations. Features: Tzigane / The Four Temperaments / Emerald And Diamonds / Jewels / Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (03/03/2003)
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Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Die KameliendameBallet By John NeumeierMusic By Frederic Chopin
La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/01/2004)
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Pugny / Lacotte: The Pharoah's Daughter
Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov | DVD | (02/05/2005)
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A performance of the Glazunov ballet written in 1898. Yuri Grogorovich choreographs based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky....
The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001)
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The Glory of the Bolshoi is a feature-length anthology of rare archive films showcasing the Bolshoi Ballet's greatest dancers and some very fine performances. Spanning almost a century, there are 19 selections, either complete dances or extracts. There is no commentary or documentary content, simply a succession of great ballet. Everything here is a highlight, from a pas de deux by Ekaterina Geltzer and Vasili Tikhomirov to music by Schubert which dates, extraordinarily, from 1913, through to a series of chapters showing the development of Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, including their debut together at the age of 13. At 20 minutes the longest sequence is also different to anything else on the DVD, offering the opportunity to contrast two performances of Khachaturian's Spartacus, from 1968 with Vasiliev, and from 1984 with Natalia Bessmertnova as Phrygia. Apart from this sequence a chronological presentation of the material would surely have made more sense than the apparently random order of much of the disc, but otherwise this is a superb compilation of great historic value. A companion title, The Glory of the Kirov is also available. On the DVD: The Glory of the Bolshoi plays for 90 minutes, with almost exactly half the material in colour. While inevitably of variable quality, the 4:3 ratio picture is overall of a very high standard. The sound varies between mono and stereo and, apart from unavoidable patches of distortion, is more than acceptable. There is a Web link and booklet notes, but no special features--a disappointment on an excellent programme crying out for a commentary track to place everything in context. --Gary S. Dalkin
Bamboo Dream | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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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.
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (27/08/2007)
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Filmed at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco in 2002 Jean-Christophe Maillot has revived the essence of the original 'Sleeping Beauty' fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The well-known fairy tale has been softened and sentimentalised over the years by both the Petipa and Tchaikovsky ballet and also the Walt Disney animated film. Maillot essentially puts the sex back into the story interweaving the fantastic and the natural; he constantly amazes us throughout this exceptional dance piece which was honoured with a Nijinsky Award.
Giselle | DVD | (29/05/2006)
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Adam: Giselle (Smith The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra)