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  • Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake [1996] Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake | DVD | (20/07/1998) from £9.80  |  Saving you £8.19 (45.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This Swan Lake was the unexpected popular hit of 1996, when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect. Seldom have the dark psychological riptides at the heart of so many classical ballets been so brilliantly exposed. The Prince (Scott Ambler) is a wretched and dissolute young man dominated by his mother, the Joan Collins-like Queen (Fiona Ambler). Shades of Tennessee Williams, indeed. Von Rothbart becomes a press secretary, more sinister éminence grise than hissable villain. Most startling of all, The Swan (Adam Cooper) is a muscular, emphatically masculine male. Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. And indeed this is never an overtly "gay" Swan Lake, although the electricity of the pas de deux at the height of Act 2 delivers a palpably homoerotic charge. Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place. Swan Lake becomes a human, rather than simply romantic, tragedy. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in full screen 4:3 video format and this version would certainly have benefited from widescreen to show off the dazzling court and night club scenes as well as the lake and the impact of the all-male swan corps de ballet. But the lush Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound serves the rich interpretation of Tchaikovsky's score from The New London Orchestra to handkerchief-wringing effect. Extras include menu-driven resumes and a synopsis. --Piers Ford

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky [1989] Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/11/2004) from £14.28  |  Saving you £0.71 (4.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Swan Lake From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989Ballet in Two Acts Four Scenes

  • David Bintley's Hobson's Choice David Bintley's Hobson's Choice | DVD | (02/05/2006) from £19.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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.

  • The Prince Of The Pagodas The Prince Of The Pagodas | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £11.50  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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.

  • Les Sylphides / Soloists Classique Les Sylphides / Soloists Classique | DVD | (27/09/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £28.99

    Les Sylphides: A performance of the ballet by the Bolshoi Ballet Company with choreography by Mikhael Fokine. Soloists: Two celebrated stars of the Bolshoi Timofeyeva and Lavrosky perform in a series of ballet shorts including: 'The Dying Swan' 'Adabio' and 'Pas De Deux Classique'.

  • Giselle [1983] Giselle | DVD | (11/06/2001) from £10.22  |  Saving you £7.77 (43.20%)  |  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

  • 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.

  • Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee [1981] Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (10/04/2006) from £16.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee (Lanchbery Wiener Symphoniker)

  • George Balanchine's Jewels George Balanchine's Jewels | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £9.50  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Faure / Stravinsky /Tchaikovsky: Jewels Joyaux

  • A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Charles Dickens' immortal tale here revels in a delightful adaptation for dance drama in three acts by Christopher Gable distinguished choreographer actor and former Royal Ballet star who died in 1998. The work is laced with Carl Davis' sparkling Christmas music which also requires the dancers to sing at various points. The featured company is the renowned Northern Ballet Theatre who here dance with infectious ebullience and vivacity.

  • I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala I Vespri Siciliani - Teatro Alla Scala | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £8.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (14.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala.

  • Ballet Dancer Double Ballet Dancer Double | DVD | (16/04/2007) from £21.78  |  Saving you £-11.79 (-118.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Girls of all ages love putting on their ballet shoes and dancing. This delightful collection shows aspiring ballerinas everything they need to do to dance beautifully and gracefully. Includes How to be a Ballet Dancer and You can be a Ballet Dancer.

  • Ballet Workout - Total Body Toning - Joey Bull Ballet Workout - Total Body Toning - Joey Bull | DVD | (24/12/2008) from £10.21  |  Saving you £4.78 (31.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Whether you are after a firmer bottom toned legs and abs or trimming the fat Ballet Workout will help you reach your goals! Ballet Workout takes the best fitness ingredients from the world of classical dance and presents then in a fun new workout designed to achieve impressive and lasting results. Under Joey Bull's guidance a fitter firmer you is just around the corner.... and you don't have to be a dancer! Combining easy to follow strength and cardio exercises Ballet Workout has been proven to attain tighter fitter stronger leaner bodies and improved posture poise balance and control. Here's to a fitter and firmer you!

  • Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    TchaikovskyThe Sleeping BeautyBallet in Three ActsPrincess Aurora - Veronica TennantPrince Florimund - Rudolf NureyevKing Florestan - Charles KirbyThe Queen - Susan MenckCatalabutte - Simon SemonoffCarabosse - Celia FrancaThe Lilac Fairy - Kristine SoleriThe Bluebird - Frank AugustynPrincess Florine - Karen KainSoloists Artists and Orchestra of the National Ballet of CanadaGeorge Crum conductor

  • The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £14.77  |  Saving you £3.22 (17.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kenneth MacMillan choreographed his last ballet The Judas Tree for Irek Mukhamedov who takes the lead in this striking production. A vampish woman turns up on a building site in dockland wastes and causes an explosive reaction amongst a group of thirteen workmen led by their Foreman. In the heated confusion only one man responds with tenderness. Gradually the dark underside of male sexuality is exposed and the power of peer pressure takes over. The ballet spirals into a climax

  • The Merry Widow - The Australian Ballet [1993] The Merry Widow - The Australian Ballet | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £15.77  |  Saving you £9.22 (36.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Recently widowed and seeking a new husband Hanna Glawari is one of Pontevedro's wealthiest women. If she marries a foreigner Pontevedro will be left bankrupt...so the bureaucats plot to ensure that Hanna marries a suitable national. The Merry Widow is sheer entertainment with lifting melodies breathtaking decor and glorious dancing!

  • Joaquin Cortes - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [2003] Joaquin Cortes - Live At The Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £11.99

    Ten years ago the Spanish flamenco dancing sensation Joaqun Corts took the UK by storm with his famous show Gypsy Passion. Now after a two year absence from the UK Joaqun is back with a fabulous new reworking of his show 'Mi Soledad' (My Solitude) at the Royal Albert Hall. The show captured on this DVD sees the superstar returning to his roots as a solo performer a flamenco dancer par excellence. He is supported by 18 musicians representing the cream of contemporary talent in flamenco music. Through the vehicles of the music and of his unmistakable trademark 'zapateado' Corts takes us straight to the soul of his art using a rich palette full of the colours of flamenco. The DVD is presented for the first time in a limited tour edition (digipack with special effects)

  • Stravinsky - the Firebird and Petrushka (Kirov Ballet) Stravinsky - the Firebird and Petrushka (Kirov Ballet) | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £36.58

    The Firebird - a ballet in one act by Igor StravinskyPetrushka - a ballet in one act by Igor Stravinsky

  • The Kirov Ballet - Celebrates Nijinsky [2002] The Kirov Ballet - Celebrates Nijinsky | DVD | (10/07/2015) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  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

  • Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) [2005] Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £18.87  |  Saving you £5.86 (23.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In 'Dido And Aeneas' Sasha Waltz Opens Up New Horizons In Music Theatre, Creating A Fusion Of Dance, SingingAnd Music-The Choreographic Opera.Singers, Dancers, Musicians And Designers All Play An Equsl Part In This Integrated Approach Towards Choreography.

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