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  • Khachaturian - Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet - Carlos Acosta [2008] Khachaturian - Spartacus - Bolshoi Ballet - Carlos Acosta | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £17.87  |  Saving you £-2.88 (-19.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet has had many facelifts over the years. Peter Wright's Royal Ballet production is among the most imaginative, bringing together the narrative and fantasy aspects with relish. The first half of Act 1 is made busy but low-key, moving up a gear with the majestic Christmas tree "Transformation Scene", and ending with a gorgeous "Waltz of the Snowflakes". Act 2 decks out the lengthy sequence of character dances with vivid stage sets, culminating in a moving reconciliation between the magician Drosselmeyer and his nephew. Anthony Dowell brings authority, Ivan Putrov enthusiasm to their respective roles; Alina Cojocaru is sympathetic as Clara, and Miyako Yoshida steals the show as the Sugar-Plum Fairy. The Royal Opera House Orchestra take time to adjust to Evgeny Svetlanov's spacious tempos, but the showpieces have real emotional force. A Nutcracker for today, and a Christmas treat for all ages. On the DVD: The 16:9 anamorphic picture reproduces superbly, though rapid switches of camera angles in the ensemble scenes causes some blurring of focus. The PCM Stereo sound is equally realistic in its reproducing of the orchestra from the pit. Special features include insightful interviews with Dowell and Wright--with trilingual subtitles--a behind-the-scenes look at the "Transformation Scene", and alternative fixed wide shots of both that and the "Snowflakes" scenes. The 28 access points are given in the booklet's detailed synopsis. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Khachaturian: Spartacus [Blu-ray] Khachaturian: Spartacus | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £18.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (15.20%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Aram Khachaturian's Spartacvu The Bolshoi Ballet. Performed by Soloists and Corps de ballet of The Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia.

  • Rudolf Nureyev And Margot Fonteyn - An Evening With The Royal Ballet Rudolf Nureyev And Margot Fonteyn - An Evening With The Royal Ballet | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £11.65  |  Saving you £5.34 (31.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    An Evening With The Royal BalletExcerpts from four different ballets danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev one of the most successful dance partnerships of modern times filmed at the peak of their creative genius with the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet.Les SylphidesLe CorsaireLa Valsethe Sleeping Beauty (Act 3 Aurora's Wedding)Filmed at Royal Opera House Covent Garden London.

  • 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.

  • Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £15.79  |  Saving you £4.20 (21.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three of the most enchanting Ballet's brought together for the first time as a specially packaged gift for any aspiring ballet dancer

  • Michael Flatley - The 10th Anniversary Complete Collection - Lord Of The Dance/Feet Of Flames/Celtic Tiger Michael Flatley - The 10th Anniversary Complete Collection - Lord Of The Dance/Feet Of Flames/Celtic Tiger | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £59.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Celtic Tiger: The international acclaimed master of dance Michael Flatley returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new 90 minute dance spectacular Celtic Tiger. With his unrivalled skill and artistry Flatley ignites the world of dance once again with a bold dramatic and daring production which fuses the spirit of Ireland with its history with dance and music. The result is an epic masterpiece in which Irish dance is delivered as a dynamic and powerful art form. Perfromance list: Act I:

  • Macmillan Ballet Classics Macmillan Ballet Classics | DVD | (27/10/2008) from £12.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (49.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created some of the most popular ballets of the late 20th century drawing inspiration from impassioned and complex relationships from music and from young dancers whose talent he nurtured. This boxed set includes Romeo and Juliet and Manon two of the most frequently performed works in The Royal Ballet''s repertory and Prince of the Pagodas in which the role of Princess Rose was created for the young Darcey Bussell. Romeo And Juliet Prokofiev Since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1965 Sir Kenneth MacMillan''s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet has been one of the greatest successes in the repertory winning world-wide acclaim. His powerful and sensual choreography thrillingly captures the passion and agony of Shakespeare''s tragedy alongside Prokofiev''s glorious score. Nicholas Georgiadis'' designs colourfully evoke Renaissance Italy and provide a magnificent setting for the unfolding drama from the splendour of the Capulet ball to the cold bleakness of the vault in the last tragic moments. This classic performance filmed at Covent Garden in 1984 stars Wayne Eagling and Alessandra Ferri as the lovers both of whom convey the intensity of young love. Prince Of The Pagodas Britten Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious ballet The Prince of the Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting oriental designs complement Britten's only ballet score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan establishing a fairy tale ambience. 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 Darcey Bussell''s career. Accompanying The Prince of the Pagodas is Out Of Line a documentary portrait of Kenneth MacMillan with extracts from many of his ballets including The Burrow Romeo And Juliet Gloria Manon and The Prince Of The Pagodas. Manon Music of Massenet orch. Lucas Kenneth MacMillan''s tragic lyric ballet is a moving tale of corrupted innocence in early 18th Century Paris in which the lovely Manon finds both happiness and grief at the hands of men who love and abuse her. Manon is one of MacMillan''s best-loved ballets and this acclaimed 1982 performance from The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden stars Jennifer Penney as Manon and Anthony Dowell as Des Grieux with David Wall as Lescaut.

  • Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala [2007] Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala | DVD | (24/11/2008) from £16.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Picasso And Dance - Paris Opera Ballet Picasso And Dance - Paris Opera Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Between 1917 and 1962 Picasso was involved in creating the designs for nine ballets. Le Train Bleu dates from 1924 and Le Tricorne from 1919. These two historic ballets created originally by Sergei Diaghilev have been revived by the Paris Opera Ballet.

  • Evidentia [1995] Evidentia | DVD | (23/09/1996) from £12.52  |  Saving you £5.47 (30.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An innovative attempt to reconfigure dance for the digital age, Evidentia is a fantasy on the idea of movement put together by a number of directors and choreographers under the guidance of French ballerina Sylvie Guillem, consisting of five separate films. "Solo" is a study in improvised gesture, virtuosically danced by William Forsythe. "Blue Yellow" dwells on Guillem's poetic dance measures in a yellow studio, looking inward from the confines of a blue room. "Smoke" explores relationships in highly abstract terms, though the emotion-laden narrative unfolded by Guillem and Niklas Ek makes for truly "visceral visuals". "Movement" is even more oblique--indeed, its montage of documentary-cum-movie footage (everything from Paris riots to Buster Keaton) and studio trickery make for a film around rather than about movement. "In the Wind, There is Someone" is, again, a video composition rather than a dance work, the Paris Opera's scenery store providing an intriguing and characterful backdrop. The films are connected by Guillem's often fanciful narration, with rehearsal sequences evoking a Chanel commercial. On the DVD: Evidentia comes in Linear-PCM Stereo with English commentary only, while the 4:3 picture format switches between black and white and colour with vivid immediacy. The booklet contains a background feature in five European languages. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Riverdance - Live From New York City [1996] Riverdance - Live From New York City | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £5.60  |  Saving you £9.39 (62.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The Irish hard-shoe sensation Riverdance underwent its second incarnation with Live from New York City, a 1996 performance filmed at Radio City Music Hall. The dazzling choreography and energetic score remain, but Michael Flatley was replaced by less-flamboyant Colin Dunne, a superb technician who works well with Flatley's former colead, Jean Butler. About half an hour longer than the 1995 original, Live from New York City expands upon the second act's theme of the Irish leaving their homeland for other parts of the world. In the most engaging new number, "Trading Taps", a trio of Irish dancers faces off against two urban American tappers. While much of this show will be familiar, it's different enough to be enjoyed on its own terms. It's also more stylishly shot, but that's also its biggest drawback--frenetic editing that allows only brief glimpses of the dancers and leaves the viewer dizzy. --David Horiuchi

  • Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet [1992] Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £10.55  |  Saving you £-2.00 (-14.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Essential Ballet - The Kirov

  • La Sylphide - Royal Danish Ballet La Sylphide - Royal Danish Ballet | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (29.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    La Sylphide which first appeared in the 1830's was the world's first Romantic ballet. The story of James a young Scottish farmer enchanted by a sylph or tree fairy on the eve of his wedding combines reality and fantasy. The great Danish choreographer August Bournoville created a version of La Sylphide for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1836 and it remains his most famous and enduring ballet. The Royal Danish Ballet rightly regards its interpretations of the Bournoville classics as being in the purest and most faithfully maintained tradition. This production recorded at the Royal Theatre Copenhagen in 1988 features Lis Jeppesen as La Sylphide. She is of the most famous interpreters of the role which requires lyrical interpretation as well as superb technique. Nikolaj Hubbe and Sorella Englund also star as James and Madge respectively.

  • Gounod/Debussy - Mireille/Pelleas Et Melisande Act 2 [2006] Gounod/Debussy - Mireille/Pelleas Et Melisande Act 2 | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £19.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (22.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Romeo And Juliet Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Since its performance by The Royal Ballet in 1965 Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece Romeo and Juliet has been one of the greatest successes in the repertory winning world wide acclaim. His powerful and sensual choreography thrillingly captures the passion and agony of Shakespeare's tragedy alongside Prokofiev's glorious score. The classic performance filmed at Covent Garden in 1984 stars Wayne Eagling and Alessandra Ferri as the lovers both of whom dance their roles with tremendous intensity.

  • My First Ballet Lesson My First Ballet Lesson | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £5.98  |  Saving you £-0.99 (-19.80%)  |  RRP £4.99

    'Today I went to Ballet class and made some new friends. Our teacher's name is Terri Williams who writes all her own songs and dances which are great fun and helps us to remember our moves. My first Ballet lesson was great!'

  • Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap [1976] Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £16.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

  • Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre [1983] Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre | DVD | (23/02/1998) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Baryshnikov, Harvey and Don Quixote is a combination which could hardly fail to be a crowd-pleaser, but in an era when armchair ballet audiences have a huge selection of sure-fire winners to choose from it's worth reflecting on just why this production is so good. This is the 1983 Quixote from the New York Metropolitan Opera House, full-length and, indeed, full of merit. The staging is traditional and over-designed in the best possible way, with Brian Large's video direction capturing the whole apparatus with consummate skill (this is one of the few canned ballets which won't have you fretting over there being too many or not enough close-ups, tracking shots, wide-angle panoramas and so on--they're all there, and they're all uncannily where they should be) and with the cast seemingly having an enormous amount of fun, particularly Baryshnikov himself, whose twinkly eyed Basil is totally engaging. The most intriguing performance, however, falls to Richard Schafer as Quixote. Rather than allow the character to degenerate into buffoonery, Schafer depicts the elderly knight as mysterious and, indeed, almost mystical in his delusions; here, Quixote is not so much a clown but a seer, bearing a strange dignity which contrasts poignantly with the rumbustiousness around him--an elegant twist within an already very pleasing interpretation. --Roger Thomas

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | HD DVD | (01/10/2007) from £7.15  |  Saving you £16.91 (56.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

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

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