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  • The Parsons Dance Company [1995] The Parsons Dance Company | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    If you like your contemporary dance to be full of abstraction and metaphor, The Parsons Dance Company is unlikely to move you greatly. However, if you believe that dance should be about something, then you'll appreciate the group's work and its leader's choreography. Rather more widely known in his native US than elsewhere, David Parsons spent nearly 10 years with the Paul Taylor Company before forming his own group in 1987. The seven dances here are each inspired by a very specific idea such as social interaction, male companionship or judgmental behaviour. "Reflections of Four" is both the most interesting and, in some ways, the most irritating piece. Taking as its theme "the strength of women", it's a tour de force for the troupe's female members while also being patronising to the point of sexism--no doubt there's a reason for the dance being staged in four inches of water other than for the girlies to get their leotards wet, but you can almost hear Barry White grunting "Feel mah lurve". Elsewhere, it's a woman who gets her top pulled off during "Scrutiny" for no obvious reason, while David Hasselhof lookalike Parsons reserves the clinical appraisal alluded to in the title for his female dancers. These odd peculiarities aside, this is a successful and very approachable collection. On the DVD: The Parsons Dance Company on disc has the dances interspersed with extra material in the form of interview excerpts with Parsons--Roger Thomas

  • 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

  • Cinderella Cinderella | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £31.99

    A production of 'Cinderella' by the famed Bolshoi ballet company. Soloists include G. Komleva M. Daoukaev L. Galinskaja and M Koul.

  • A Tribute To Alvin Ailey [1990] A Tribute To Alvin Ailey | DVD | (18/12/2000) from £12.43  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • 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.

  • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte [2002] Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £11.03  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Don Quichotte, composed by Ludwig Minkus for the Bolshoi in 1869, was relatively unknown in the West until Nureyev's new choreography--which naturally gave him centre stage as Basile--was introduced at the Vienna State Opera in 1966. A later production in 1981 forms the basis for this 2002 success by the Paris Opera. Don Quichotte is in some ways a misnomer for the ballet. Rather than being the dominant character, here the beloved hero of Cervantes' original novel and tilter at windmills is a catalyst for the troublesome events which beset the love story of Basile and Kitri. The dream in which the knight encounters the queen of the dryads becomes a glittering fault in the narrative. But there is no doubting the fluid delights of the pas de deux between Basile (Manual Legris) and Kitri (the enchanting Aurélie Dupont), always literally several steps ahead of their would-be romance spoilers, which rather overshadow the pathos of Jean-Marie Didière's Quichotte. Nureyev's triumph, though, remains the teeming ensemble dances that reaffirm the close marriage between Minkus's score and the unfolding drama, here immeasurably enhanced by Alexandre Beliaev's Goya-esque designs. Ermanno Florio's musical direction keeps the pace light and busy. On the DVD: Don Quichotte is presented in 16:9 video aspect ratio with a choice of stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (by far the best) soundtracks: the quality is all you'd expect of a standard modern television broadcast, although the subtleties of the theatrical lighting don't always shine through. Extras are limited to previews of other TDK releases. --Piers Ford

  • Swan Lake [1990] Swan Lake | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Natalia Makarova one of the most important interpreters of the classical ballet repertoire in the twentieth century has also had great success as a producer.Makarova's staging of Swan Lake is based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by the late Sir Frederick Ashton.Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss are stunning as Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried in this studio recording. Leanne Benjamin is a treat a one of the 'pas de quatres'.Makarova's innovative interpretation presents the work as a story of perfect and eternal love.The stage design by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen does not use scenery to communicate changes of place and mood but back projections (blue laser to indicate water for example) which are extremely effective for creating a mysterious magical atmosphere.

  • Classical Ballet 1 - From Dream To Reality - The Basics Classical Ballet 1 - From Dream To Reality - The Basics | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Do you dream of becoming a ballerina a star dancer or just beginning classical ballet? Make your dream come true! With the help of superb archive pictures and Chloe a nine year old girl you will discover that ballet has precise terms and that to practice it you must learn the basics. This programme is divided into four main parts: The Principal Positions of the different parts of the body The Essential Movements Alignments The four Arabesques You will then find a ret

  • 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.

  • Ballet Favourites Ballet Favourites | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £5.29  |  Saving you £2.70 (33.80%)  |  RRP £7.99

    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.

  • The Stone Flower - Prokofiev The Stone Flower - Prokofiev | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £3.19  |  Saving you £11.80 (78.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    First performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1954 this ballet draws on the rich heritage of Russian folklore to tell the tale of the young stonemason Danila who must choose between his village sweetheart Katerina and a magical temptress. It is based on fairy tales from the Urals collected by Pavel Bazhov and set in the middle of the 19th century.In Stone Flower you can feel Prokofiev's resignation after the hard struggle with the political situation but nevertheless he hasn't lost his brilliance and the music of his last ballet still is full of catchy tunes and joyousness.However with the completion of his composition it took four years before it received its premiere in Moscow and was not a great success at all. It was only three years later with the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich that Prokofiev's Stone Flower finally come to a glorious resurrection. The young choreographer simplified the story and focussed on nothing but the dance. The ballet became his first major success. The presented version shows a reproduction of this choreography from 1957 which has become immortal.

  • The Glory Of The Bolshoi The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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

  • Shadowland [DVD + UV Copy] [2013] Shadowland | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £3.00  |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)  |  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.

  • 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.

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | HD DVD | (01/10/2007) from £24.37  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A Midsummer Night's Dream- Ballet in Two Acts and Six Scenes.

  • Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian [1998] Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian.Bella Figura - Nederlands Dans Theater I.Sleepless - Nederlands Dans Theater II.Birth-day Nederlands Dans Theater III.

  • The Kirov Ballet - Celebrates Nijinsky [2002] The Kirov Ballet - Celebrates Nijinsky | DVD | (10/07/2015) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Kirov Ballet Celebrates Nijinsky.Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov - SheherazadeCarl Maria von Weber - Le Spectre De La RoseAlexander Borodin - The Polovtsian DancesIgor Stravinsky - Firebird

  • Amelia [2002] Amelia | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) directed and choreographed by Edouard Lock and performed by the acclaimed dance company La La La Human Steps 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.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 AndreTurpin 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.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1992] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.65  |  Saving you £1.34 (5.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [1989] Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890 choreographed by the legendary ballet master Marius Petipa was doubtless the pinnacle of classic Russian ballet tradition.Tchaikovsky's score composed in 1889 was created based on a scenario from Petipa that took the composer's wishes into account from the outset. It was a 'number' ballet score which was a homage to the baroque 'ballet de cour.' The premiere of Sleeping Beauty was not gr

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