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  • Shchedrin - Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Ballet) Shchedrin - Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (08/12/2008) from £10.39  |  Saving you £0.60 (5.50%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Volshoi Ballet: Shchedrin - Anna Karenina

  • Gael Force Dance [2002] Gael Force Dance | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £5.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    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.

  • Black And White Ballet [1995] Black And White Ballet | DVD | (18/07/2000) from £18.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (25.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Black and White Ballet is a treat for all fans of contemporary dance. The Nederlands Dans Theater's reputation is formidable in any event, but there's also a tradition in the Netherlands of producing modern dance for television and video media with enormous expertise, as owners of the superb Springdance VHS collections will testify. The advent of DVD has of course upped the ante considerably in terms of detail and overall production values, with this disc being a fine example of what can be achieved. The stark, monochromatic staging of this sequence of dance pieces is overlaid by a choice of music which encompasses Mozart, Bach and Webern, but it's the opening item, set to the first part of Steve Reich's Drumming, which is the most compelling, displaying as it does the power of dance to extrapolate from music rather than just accompany it. In terms of features, the disc is pretty spartan, with a stereo-only soundtrack and no extra features worthy of the name, but the overall result is nevertheless highly recommended.--Roger Thomas

  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker [1999] Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £15.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jean-Christophe Maillot's version of the popular classical ballet The Nutcracker recorded in the Festival Tent of Fontvieille in 1999 is an innovative interpretation of the well-known subject. It was Maillot's brainchild to transpose the ballet into the world of circus while keeping the basic tenet where the real world blends with the fantasy world of childhood. Set in two acts the ballet reaches its climax in the second act: the world of circus then opens up to little Marie with a series of funny touching and poetic scenes that will delight and enchant both the young and old.

  • Black Cake And Concertante [1997] Black Cake And Concertante | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £9.11  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most exciting choreographers on the modern dance scene today Hans van Manen's work is characterised by a supreme musicality and striking versatility. The scene for Hans van Manen's BLACK CAKE is a society party. Elegantly-dressed couples dance with each other and his choreography reveals a whole range of undercurrents in the relationships between the men and the women. Both humour and aggression are found in CONCERTANTE which generates an explosive tension in a succession of encounters between four male and four female dancers.

  • Cinderella [1964] Cinderella | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Choreographer Frederick Ashton's 1964 version of Sergei Prokofiev's ever popular ballet Cinderella. Conducted by John Lanchbery and directed for television by John Vernon.

  • Giselle Giselle | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £5.05  |  Saving you £4.77 (31.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Adam: Giselle (Smith The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra)

  • La Fille Mal Gardee [2000] La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (16/10/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Recorded live at The Victorian Arts Centre in Australia. Set in a peasant village in the French countryside La Fille Mal Gardee is a delightful tale of the difficult path of young love. Widow Simone is determined to betroth her wilful daughter Lise to the eccentric son of the rich farmer but Lise ans her lover Carlos conspire to thwart the widow's plans. Music by Ferdinand Herold arranged by John Lanchbery. Choreography by Frederick Ashton staged by Faith Worth. Artistic director: Maina Gielgud.

  • Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet [1990] Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Adam: Giselle

  • Appartement - Ek [2003] Appartement - Ek | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £17.92  |  Saving you £2.07 (10.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Legendary Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's ballet was created for the dancers of the Opera National de Paris and is here danced by star names including Nicolas Le Riche and Marie-Agnes Gillot.The ballet is set to the music of the Swedish rock band Fleshquartet who here perform live on stage. The group a highly expressive string quartet plus drummer and sampler uses precisely that 'fusion' of classical jazz hard rock rap hiphop and pop which is characteristic of Mats Ek's choreography.

  • 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.

  • Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Chloe's dream is coming true. The ballerina of her imagination has magically appeared and is going to introduce her to classical ballet. Chloe is going to start her training by taking part in a dance lesson. This programme is divided into four main parts: Barre Exercises Centre Work The Enchainement The Reverence (Acknowledgement) You will then find a retrospective - The development of classical ballet up to the neo-classical style. At the end of the DVD you will discove

  • Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet [2002] Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £21.03  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Manzotti: Excelsior

  • Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet | DVD | (11/10/2004) from £25.99  |  Saving you £4.94 (12.40%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A compilation of the ballet from Russia. Includes the complete 'The Nutcracker' 'The Firebird' 'Petrushka' 'Scheherazade' and shorter ballet extracts.

  • Sleeping Beauty [1999] Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is here transformed by the masterful contemporary choreographer Mats Ek into an allegory of repression, love and emotional maturity set in a bleak, stylised postmodern limbo which is both chilling and, just occasionally, bleakly humorous. Traditionalists may be flinching already, but this is a ballet which has always lent itself to this kind of treatment. Indeed, what many will think of as the "traditional" interpretation is in fact Diaghilev's forward-looking production of 1921, which had sets and costumes by Bakst and re-instrumentation by Stravinsky. Ek's Princess inhabits a world seemingly out of Fritz Lang, where Carabosse is a drug-dealing low-life and the Fairies are a gaggle of sneering girlies. Ek removes his work from the classical tradition to a large degree, but what goes in its place is a highly disciplined yet tactile and gut-wrenchingly emotive approach, conveying both the external and internal narratives of the work with unfailing conviction. --Roger Thomas

  • Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) | DVD | (09/09/2013) from £18.72  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Opera named Der Vogelhandler by Carl Zeller.

  • Sylvia - Delibes And Neumeier [2005] Sylvia - Delibes And Neumeier | DVD | (03/01/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance by the Paris National Opera Company choreographed by John Neumeier. Recorded at the Opera National De Paris in March 2005.

  • Masterpieces Of British Ballet [1982] Masterpieces Of British Ballet | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • L'Histoire Du Soldat [1998] L'Histoire Du Soldat | DVD | (21/11/2000) from £16.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (6.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, the hero believes he has cheated the devil and lives to regret his cleverness. The aftermath of the First World War had left the composer convinced of an aesthetic of austerity, so here he replaces his huge pre-war scores with the Ballet Russes with a few dancers, a few instruments and narrators. The score, brilliantly played, includes a lot of genre dances--a tango, a waltz, a ragtime--as well as fragmentary jagged marches and love scenes that drift with deliberate grace into the further reaches of tonality. Kylian's choreography involves a rather larger cast than most--many of the dance numbers are performed as a "divertissement" for the soldier and his princess--and some slightly corny staging: at the end, dragged off to Hell, the soldier disappears into a red dry-ice mist. None the less, this version is superbly danced, with a real sense of menace, moments of fairytale beauty and passionately cynical flippantness. The DVD has menus and subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish, and contains trailers for other ArtHaus releases. --Roz Kaveney

  • 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.

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