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The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989:Includes:Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo And Juliet.Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake.Sleeping Beauty.The Nutcracker.
Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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Ballet in Three Acts and a Prologue.
Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (26/07/2007)
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Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003)
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Don Quichotte, composed by Ludwig Minkus for the Bolshoi in 1869, was relatively unknown in the West until Nureyev's new choreography--which naturally gave him centre stage as Basile--was introduced at the Vienna State Opera in 1966. A later production in 1981 forms the basis for this 2002 success by the Paris Opera. Don Quichotte is in some ways a misnomer for the ballet. Rather than being the dominant character, here the beloved hero of Cervantes' original novel and tilter at windmills is a catalyst for the troublesome events which beset the love story of Basile and Kitri. The dream in which the knight encounters the queen of the dryads becomes a glittering fault in the narrative. But there is no doubting the fluid delights of the pas de deux between Basile (Manual Legris) and Kitri (the enchanting Aurélie Dupont), always literally several steps ahead of their would-be romance spoilers, which rather overshadow the pathos of Jean-Marie Didière's Quichotte. Nureyev's triumph, though, remains the teeming ensemble dances that reaffirm the close marriage between Minkus's score and the unfolding drama, here immeasurably enhanced by Alexandre Beliaev's Goya-esque designs. Ermanno Florio's musical direction keeps the pace light and busy. On the DVD: Don Quichotte is presented in 16:9 video aspect ratio with a choice of stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (by far the best) soundtracks: the quality is all you'd expect of a standard modern television broadcast, although the subtleties of the theatrical lighting don't always shine through. Extras are limited to previews of other TDK releases. --Piers Ford
Three By Rambert | DVD | (27/11/2006)
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The Carmen Suite | DVD | (18/12/2006)
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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.
Alicia Alonso - Prima Ballerina Assoluta | DVD | (06/02/2006)
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The great Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso was one of the major 20th-century figures of both classical and contemporary dance in North and South America Europe and her native country. This compilation of performances dating from 1958 to 1985 includes extracts from many of her most celebrated roles often in her own choreography that she nevertheless based on original sources. They range from classics such as Giselle Swan Lake Don Quixote and Coppelia to unusual works such as Oedipus Rex (music by Leo Brouwer) and Pas de Quatre. Alonso was the rarest of her breed: a consummate technician a compelling actress and a dancer of innate musicality and intelligence. If only one word could be used to describe her artistry it would be complete.
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) | DVD | (30/06/2008)
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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.
Shadowland | DVD | (10/03/2014)
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The original shadow theatre sensation from award-winning dance company Pilobolus whose performance on the 79th Academy Awards took the world by storm. SHADOWLAND is a mesmerising blend of contemporary shadow theatre and modern dance. This astonishing stage production tells the story of a young girl&rsquo;s coming of age as she longs for independence. With fluid dream sequences stunning choreography and the heart and humour of a love story SHADOWLAND celebrates the strange transformative power of the dark to show us who we are in the most unexpected and thrilling ways. Previously only seen on stage you can now immerse yourself in the world of SHADOWLAND as it is captured on film for the very first time.
The Australian Ballet - Beyond 40: Anniversary Gala | DVD | (01/12/2003)
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The Australian Ballet began life fired by the passion of a handful of people who had a dream. This is a dream since shared by thousands of dancers choreographers designers and enthusiasts who have come to share the joy of ballet over the past 40 years. In Beyond 40 David McAllister and Adrian Burnett present these people and their dance: from Dame Peggy Van Praagh and Sir Robert Helpman to modern talents such as Stephen Page Stephen Baynes and Stanton Welch. Using Graeme Mu
The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001)
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The Glory of the Bolshoi is a feature-length anthology of rare archive films showcasing the Bolshoi Ballet's greatest dancers and some very fine performances. Spanning almost a century, there are 19 selections, either complete dances or extracts. There is no commentary or documentary content, simply a succession of great ballet. Everything here is a highlight, from a pas de deux by Ekaterina Geltzer and Vasili Tikhomirov to music by Schubert which dates, extraordinarily, from 1913, through to a series of chapters showing the development of Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, including their debut together at the age of 13. At 20 minutes the longest sequence is also different to anything else on the DVD, offering the opportunity to contrast two performances of Khachaturian's Spartacus, from 1968 with Vasiliev, and from 1984 with Natalia Bessmertnova as Phrygia. Apart from this sequence a chronological presentation of the material would surely have made more sense than the apparently random order of much of the disc, but otherwise this is a superb compilation of great historic value. A companion title, The Glory of the Kirov is also available. On the DVD: The Glory of the Bolshoi plays for 90 minutes, with almost exactly half the material in colour. While inevitably of variable quality, the 4:3 ratio picture is overall of a very high standard. The sound varies between mono and stereo and, apart from unavoidable patches of distortion, is more than acceptable. There is a Web link and booklet notes, but no special features--a disappointment on an excellent programme crying out for a commentary track to place everything in context. --Gary S. Dalkin
The Glory Of The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (02/04/2001)
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The Glory of the Kirov assembles footage from a variety of Russian sources--some of it, including moments from the early careers of famous defectors such as Nureyev and Baryshnikov, was previously suppressed and thought lost. The Kirov Ballet and Opera of St. Petersburg, and their earlier incarnation as the Maryinsky, have always been the Bolshoi's principal Russian rival and an impressive nursery of talent. This profile includes silent footage of the Ballet Russe's Tamara Karsavina doing her barre exercises as well as a classic extract from Ulanova's White Swan pas de deux in the 1940s. The 1960s are heavily represented here with extracts from Glazunov's Raymonda and Khatchaturian's Spartacus as well as even more famous repertory such as Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Petipa's choreography for Le Corsaire. There are also two versions of Fokine's Dying Swan, one from Olga Moiseyeva and a performance from Makarova whose sublimity almost makes us forget the tasteless arrangement of the Saint-Saens score for strings and Hollywood choir. This disc encapsulates the greatness of Russian ballet in its Soviet period as well as some of its lapses of taste. --Roz Kaveney
Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005)
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Prokofiev's last ballet and based on a fairy tale from the Urals thus mixing classical dance with folk choreography. This production was performed at the Maryinsky Theatre St Petersburg in 1991. With leading ballerinas Anna Polikarpova and Aleksandr Gulyaev. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich.
Kirov Classics | DVD | (18/07/2000)
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A remarkable showcase of choreographic high points from some of the great ballets performed by members of Russia's famous Kirov Ballet. Many of the excerpts such as Petrushka and Brber's Adagio are choreographed by Oleg Vinogradov who has been Director of The Kirov Ballet since 1977.
Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker | DVD | (03/12/2007)
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A magical new version of a much loved classic. Filmed in The Mariinsky Theatre St.Petersburg where it was first performed in 1892. Following Decca's beautiful Swan Lake comes another outstanding production on DVD from the Mariinsky Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker yet a Nutcracker with a twist. The 'adult' Nutcracker. Worlds away from the traditional and warm versions popular at Christmas this unconventional production reinterpreted by Russian emigre and world-renowned avantgarde artist Mikhail Shemiakin is surreal and at times disturbing making this DVD an unusual but essential part of any ballet lover's collection. Shemiakin also designs the eye-catching costumes and startling staging. Two of the Mariinsky's young stars Leonid Sarafanov and Irina Golub dance the main roles. Despite the startling aspects of this production none of the spectacle and awe-inspiring quality of their dancing is lost. Valery Gergiev conducts a complete and un-cut version of Tchaikovsky's popular and much-loved score.
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (21/04/2008)
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Enjoy a full length performance of one of the world's favourite ballets Swan Lake performed by stars of the Bolshoi Ballet. Set to the celbrated music of Tchaikovsky this enduring love story tells the tale of Prince Siegfried who falls in love with the enchanted swan princess Odette. Condemned by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart the curse can be broken only by true love which would also destroy the evil magician.
Three By Duato | DVD | (25/02/2002)
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Under the artistic directorship of Nacho Duato the Compania Nacional de Danza has developed it's own distinctive style mixing classical and contemporary idioms and has become on of the most accomplished and entertaining dance ensembles in Europe. Duato's inventive choreography is earthy sensual and emotive and demands high levels of physical energy.
Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov | DVD | (02/05/2005)
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A performance of the Glazunov ballet written in 1898. Yuri Grogorovich choreographs based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky....
Swan Lake | DVD | (04/04/2000)
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A disaster at its 1877 premiere, the fantastical Swan Lake was revived in 1895 and has since established itself as the most popular ballet ever. Daniel Barenboim, conductor of this sumptuous performance at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden (of which he is Artistic Director and General Musical Director) says "Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is a masterpiece that transcends its time!". The production uses choreography adapted and subtly modernised by Patrice Bart from the 1895 staging, which combined with elegant costume and set design results in a very traditional and thoroughly engaging evening's entertainment. Barenboim ensures that Tchaikovsky's score is a romantic delight, the ensemble dancing is highly polished, Oliver Matz passionately intense as Prince Siegfried, Steffi Scherzer making an enchanting fairytale heroine.On the DVD: The generally excellent anamorphically enhanced picture is almost completely free of grain, a slight soft focus in mid and long shots probably more attributable to the live production being shot on video rather than any fault in the transfer. Mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound mix is sensibly tied to the screen, the rear channels used to enhance live ambience, subtly establishing an effective sense of "being there". The only "special feature" is a plot synopsis, however, the superior booklet also provides a synopsis, notes on Tchaikovsky and the writing of the ballet, the performance and the performers. --Gary S. Dalkin
Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Die KameliendameBallet By John NeumeierMusic By Frederic Chopin