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American Ballet Theatre - In San Francisco | DVD | (30/05/2005)
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This mixed bill of ballets danced by one of the world's greatest ballet companies was recorded live from the War Memorial Opera House San Francisco in 1985 and includes complete short ballets in addition to extracts from full length works. Airs choreographed by Paul Taylor was his first work for American Ballet Theatre and features music by Handel. It was featured in Mikhail Baryshnikov's highly successful first season as Artistic Director. This is followed by Jardin aux Lilas with music by Chausson choreographed by Anthony Taylor. The Grand pas de deux from Act III Swan Lake choreography by Marius Petipa is danced by American Ballet Theatre stars Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. Then follows the Balcony Pas de deux from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan featuring the great Natalia Makarova and Kevin McKenzie. The last work is Great Galloping Gottschalk which was created by Lynn Taylor-Corbett for American Ballet Theatre in 1982.
Russian All Star Ice Ballet Group - Russian All-Stars - The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (09/10/2006)
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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - A Ballet On Ice
Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/09/2004)
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Featuring The Sleeping Beauty Ballet performed by the Het National Ballet recorded at the Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.
The Prince Of The Pagodas | DVD | (27/06/2005)
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Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious version of The Prince of The Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Benjamin Britain's exotic score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan is the only one that he created for ballet. The oriental theme is followed through with Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting designs enhancing the fairytale atmosphere. This production by the Royal Ballet filmed at Covent Garden in 1990 stars Darcey Bussell in dazzling form as Princess Rose and Jonathan Cope as the Prince. This is the role that launched Bussell's career. MacMillan had noted her exceptional talent while she was still a student and he chose her to create the role of Princess Rose for him.
The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000)
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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
Bolshoi Ballet In The Park - Divertisements | DVD | (21/11/2005)
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In 1986 the Bolshoi Ballet toured the UK with this programme of Divertissements after an absence of 12 years. The tour was a spectacular success and proved the Bolshoi worthy of their description as the world s most famous ballet company. Their flamboyance and daring brilliance and technical execution are triumphantly displayed in this programme of excerpts from seven famous Bolshoi ballets which include Les Sylphides Spartacus The Sleeping Beauty La Bayad re Swan Lake Sprin
Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (10/04/2006)
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Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee (Lanchbery Wiener Symphoniker)
La Chauve-Souris - Strauss | DVD | (21/01/2005)
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Strauss: La Chauve-Souris
Stravinsky - the Firebird and Petrushka (Kirov Ballet) | DVD | (15/05/2006)
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The Firebird - a ballet in one act by Igor StravinskyPetrushka - a ballet in one act by Igor Stravinsky
Khachaturian: Spartacus (Timofeyeva, Liepa) | DVD | (23/02/2004)
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An opera in 3 acts.
David Bintley's Hobson's Choice | DVD | (02/05/2006)
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This special studio recording of David Bintley's three act ballet is an enchanting portrayal of life in a northern English town at the turn of the 19th century. It is based on Harold Brighouse's much-loved play of the same name.
Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007)
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Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants | DVD | (26/05/2008)
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I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala | DVD | (24/09/2004)
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala.
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.
Moliere/Lully - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Dumestre) | DVD | (09/05/2011)
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: Comedie-ballet de Moliere & Lully
The Australian Ballet Favourites | DVD | (01/12/2003)
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A delightful selection of extracts from some of the world's best known ballets. In a short introduction to each piece Maina Gielgud set the ballet in its historical context and explains the story that is being told in dance showcasing the splendid talents of the artists of the Australian ballet.
Alice in Wonderland | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Alice In Wonderland: A Dance Fantasy (Ballet)
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003)
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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
Margot Fonteyn - A Portrait | DVD | (20/04/2001)
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Just two years before she died in 1991, Margot Fonteyn finally allowed a documentary to be made about her life and legendary career as the most romantic prima ballerina of all. Fortunately, the task fell to Patricia Foy. Together with her later appreciation of Rudolf Nureyev, this study offers an invaluable insight into the two dominant and most widely popular dancers of the 20th century. Fonteyn talks directly to camera, with disarming simplicity, about a professional career which endured for more than 40 remarkable years. Reminiscences of a childhood and youth in which she entertained ideas of being a tap dancer (it took Ninette de Valois to spot her unique talent) give way to archive footage of famous performances and interviews with key collaborators including Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann. Fascinating home movies give a brief glimpse of a hard-working but jet-set lifestyle which included sailing on Onassis' yacht with Maria Callas. But Fonteyn was that rarest of beings: a genuine celebrity who didn't appreciate her own authentic claim to greatness for many years. The understated way in which she discusses her marriage to Panamanian diplomat Roberto de Arias, her arrest and deportation during his unsuccessful attempt at a coup and later, the paralysing effect of a gunshot wound which would leave him a permanent invalid in her constant care, is deeply moving. Ultimately though, there is the dancing, and that partnership with Nureyev. Fonteyn was 42 when they first joined forces and she was anxious not to appear as "mutton dancing with lamb". How ironic. The erotic charge which they generated is still palpable in extended excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Essential viewing for balletomanes of every age. On the DVD: Apart from a trailer for other Arthaus releases, there are no special features. The mono sound does the musical extracts no favours, but it's the interviews that make this an archivist's treat. Well-produced, with the customary detailed booklet. --Piers Ford