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  • Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet [1984] Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The awesome technique and strength of the Bolshoi Ballet is shown to great effect in Yuri Grigorvich's legendary Spartacus the epic story of a Thracian slave's fight for freedom. Grigorvich's choreography fills the huge Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict. This 1984 performance was directed for video by Preben Montell and stars two of the greatest artists of the Bolshoi Ballet of recent years. Irek Mukhamedov brings his stunning technique to the role of Spartacus and Natalya Bessmertnova gives a deeply moving performance as his wife Phrygia.

  • The Parsons Dance Company [1995] The Parsons Dance Company | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £14.49  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    David Parsons is one of the golden boys of American dance, combining great popular appeal with quality and integrity of ideas and execution. As artistic director, choreographer and dancer, he has transferred to his own troupe, The Parsons Dance Company - eight exceptionally polished and energetic dancers - the charm, virtuosity and physical power that made him a star of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.Parsons work is featured in three studio recordings, which demonstrate the diversity of his influences and his mastery of a wide range of styles. The music he chooses ranges from Mozart and Rossini to Robert Fripp and specially-commissioned scores. Lighting designs by Howell Binkley enhance all the staging's.David Parsons himself introduces each of the seven pieces presented in these programmes and it is easy to see why his charm, energy and integrity have won him such a considerable following.

  • 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

  • Giselle [1983] Giselle | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The strength of the Kirov Ballet's Giselle is also, in a sense, its principal weakness: this is a no-gimmicks, no-frills production in a performing tradition that goes back to the introduction of the work to Russia in the mid-19th century. The advantage of this is that, after all, Adam's ballet is a work of deliberate naiveté, in which a village maiden dies of a broken heart over the mere fact that her lover has deceived her about his social class; there is no subtext here nor any need for any. Galina Mezentseva is more or less perfect, both in the delicate simplicity of her every gesture and movement and in the overall sweetness and devotion that they convey; Konstantin Zaklinsky is an equally fine Albrecht--for once we entirely believe in his absence of malicious intent and welcome his salvation from her vengeful fellow ghosts. Of the others, Gennadi Selyutsky is a slightly melodramatic Hilarion, whose death in terror is a fine piece of high Victorian theatre, and Tatyana Terekhova makes the spirits' leader a figure in whom terrifying justice and vengefulness are united. On the DVD: The DVD has no frills either except for a link to the NVC-arts Web site; the booklet provides a synopsis and, criminally, no other information about either ballet, production or stars. --Roz Kaveney

  • Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £14.89  |  Saving you £5.10 (25.50%)  |  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

  • Highlights From The Royal Ballet Highlights From The Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £11.99  |  Saving you £1.24 (8.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This DVD features a selection of stunning performances from one of the world's leading ballet companies. Extracts from four of The Royal Ballet's most popular works are featured here including Tchaikovsky's magical ballet The Nutcracker and the delightful comedy La Fille Mal Garde choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. There are also highlights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and from Manon two ballets choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan who created so many powerful works

  • La Bayadere [1994] La Bayadere | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A ballet in three acts by Rudolf Nureyev from the Palais Garnier. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a bayadere who is later killed by her rival...

  • Liszt - Mayerling Liszt - Mayerling | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £11.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 1st and 5th February 1994.

  • A Simple Man [1987] A Simple Man | DVD | (18/02/2005) from £15.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (22.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the painter L.S. Lowry in 1987 this BAFTA award-winning dramatic ballet celebrates the life and work of a unique artist. Created by Gillian Lynne in collaboration with the composer Carl Davis this memorable production filmed in 1987 is performed by the Northern Ballet Theatre led by ex-Royal Ballet stars Christopher Gable and Moira Shearer. Re-mastered for DVD with the addition of recent interviews with Lynne and Davis it gives a fascinating insight into the creation of an inspirational work in the history of dance which remains as fresh as ever.

  • Three By Rambert [1986] Three By Rambert | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £16.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Rambert Dance Company first made its name in the 1920s for its creative melding of tradition and innovation. That tenet has remained central to the company's ethos and Three by Rambert showcases its particular strengths to great effect in three highly contrasting ballets. Musically, we have three utterly different scores: Janacek’s searing Second String Quartet (subtitled "Intimate Letters", from which the ballet adapts its name), the moody, evocative songs of Bill Withers and, finally, a medley of folk songs from various climes. Though stylistically at odds, all three explore the twin themes of desire and loss. The other link is that, heard in isolation, none of these pieces seems remotely danceable. It’s a tribute both to the choreography (Robert North in the jazz ballet "Lonely Town" , the company's artistic director Christopher Bruce in the remaining two) and to the dancers themselves that the results are so stunningly effortless. Time and again, you’re struck not simply by the liquid perfection of both solo and ensemble work, but by the directness of the physical language, and the depth of emotions expressed. A brilliant showcase for one of the cultural treasures of our age. On the DVD: Three by Rambert has good sound and excellent picture, with the 16:9 format doing full justice to the different visuals encapsulated by the three ballets. The booklet is useful for basic information, though more analysis of the works would have been helpful for non-experts. Rather than 14 minutes of trailers for other titles, an introduction to the work of the company, and maybe to the ballets themselves, would have been more helpful and user-friendly.--Harriet Smith

  • 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

  • Three By Rambert Three By Rambert | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

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  • Tocororo - A Cuban Tale Tocororo - A Cuban Tale | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £8.43  |  Saving you £11.01 (55.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    ""Billy Elliot in Havana"" is how the Evening Standard described this sensational dance and music extravaganza featuring 19 dancers and a live Cuban band. The Daily Telegraph enthused ""Soaring sexy and spontaneous.."" and certainly Carlos Acosta the star and creator of this brilliant new production filmed live at London's Sadler's Wells is considered by many to be the greatest dancer in the world right now. Some even describe him as the new lord of dance! All the soul and passion o

  • 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 £15.85  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • The Carmen Suite The Carmen Suite | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (16.70%)  |  RRP £5.99

    The combination of admiration and fear keeps us in awe of the big cats and fuels our fascination for them. This exceptional DVD gives little known facts on the big cats through outstanding footage and lucid commentary and shows the role they play in maintaining the delicate balance of nature.

  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' performed by The Kirov Ballet and Orchestra conducted by Viktor Fedotov. Dancers include Viktor Baranov and Larissa Lezhnina. Filmed at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

  • Riverdance 2002 Riverdance 2002 | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Over 13 million people worldwide have now seen Riverdance since its premier in Dublin in 1995. It is still the most successful and biggest dance show in the world. This latest recording filmed live in Geneva captures the show in its newest production. With its ground-breaking numbers new costumes and dance routines this DVD proves why Riverdance is the world's most popular dance show!

  • Sleeping Beauty - The Kirov Ballet Sleeping Beauty - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Choreography by Marius Petipa and featuring the 19th century ballet performed in 1982 to mark the company's bicentenary year. Three of the Kirov's finest dancers head the cast of this recording. Irina Kolpakova takes the title role of Princess Aurora Sergei Berezhnoi dances Prince Desire and Lubov Kunakova is the Lilac Fairy

  • Ballet School For Girls Ballet School For Girls | DVD | (01/02/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £8.99

    This DVD presents a professional introduction to the world of ballet for children aged between 5 and 8. Ballet dancer Oleg Usenko and his partner Natalia Zemtzova teach you easy instructions from warming up to stretching or first dancing steps.

  • Romeo And Juliet - Prokofiev Romeo And Juliet - Prokofiev | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £6.50  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)Romeo and JulietBallet in three actsLibretto by Sergei Pokofiev Sergei Radlov and Adrian PiotrovskyBased on the play by William ShakespeareRevised choreography by Yuri Grigorovich based on the choreography by Leonid LavrovskyJuliet Natalya BessmertnovaRomeo Irek MukhamedovMercutio Mikhail SharkovTybalt Aleksandr VetrovThe Bolshoi Theatre OrchestraAlgis ZhuraitisRecorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989

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