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Ballet & Dance

  • Three By Duato [2000] Three By Duato | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Under the artistic directorship of Nacho Duato the Compania Nacional de Danza has developed it's own distinctive style mixing classical and contemporary idioms and has become on of the most accomplished and entertaining dance ensembles in Europe. Duato's inventive choreography is earthy sensual and emotive and demands high levels of physical energy.

  • Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 [2007] Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £18.38  |  Saving you £6.61 (26.50%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem [2003] Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This film by Francoise Ha Van captures the tremendous performance of this ballet by the great ballerina Sylvie Guillem as the heroine and the magnetic Nicolas Le Riche as her young lover. The first part is a studio film of the performance. The second part follows rehearsals and gives a facinating insight into the way that Guillem and Le Riche work together in their rewarding relationship. Guillem and Le Riche give powerful yet tender performances as the passionate lovers.

  • 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.

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • 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.

  • La Sylphide [2004] La Sylphide | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The original choreography by Philippe Taglioni had changed ballet forever. It introduced constitutional features of Romantic Ballet as we know it. These include dance en pointe and the tutu which most certainly owe their omnipresence in ballet to the success of the 1832 staging of La Sylphide in Paris. Everything about the event combined to transform the ballet into a magical spectacle: the libretto inspired by romantic literature the bucolic exoticism of the village wedding festivities the dramatic realism of the Sylvan forest the eerie halo of the gas lights the aerial flights of the dancers the long diaphanous tulle costumes and the ballerina's variations en pointes. Through this work ballet master Philippe Taglioni managed to achieve a magical fusion between mime and artistic dance in a light and flowing style that gave birth to the first white act in the history of ballet.

  • Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949 Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi Jeanmaire using the Bizet score.Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had approached Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet based on Bizet and scored only for strings and percussion instruments was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and in its theatricality a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story deeply symbolic and overtly sensual premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20 1967.

  • The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £32.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (17.50%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989:Includes:Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo And Juliet.Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake.Sleeping Beauty.The Nutcracker.

  • Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov [1989] Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of the Glazunov ballet written in 1898. Yuri Grogorovich choreographs based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky....

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1976] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Johann Strauss Gala [1999] Johann Strauss Gala | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £4.74  |  Saving you £6.77 (33.90%)  |  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

  • Don Quixote [1999] Don Quixote | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £10.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (56.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The legendary Rudolf Nureyev stars in this classic ballet.

  • Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala [Blu-ray] [2007] Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008) from £21.25  |  Saving you £8.74 (29.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

  • 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!

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Bolshoi Ballet Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Enjoy a full length performance of one of the world's favourite ballets Swan Lake performed by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet. 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.

  • Spartacvs [2000] Spartacvs | DVD | (06/11/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Spartacus (Australian Ballet)

  • Stavinsky: Pulcinella [2006] Stavinsky: Pulcinella | DVD | (10/07/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Neville Marriner)

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (02/01/2007) from £16.72  |  Saving you £8.27 (33.10%)  |  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.

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