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  • Swan Lake [1990] Swan Lake | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Natalia Makarova one of the most important interpreters of the classical ballet repertoire in the twentieth century has also had great success as a producer.Makarova's staging of Swan Lake is based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by the late Sir Frederick Ashton.Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss are stunning as Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried in this studio recording. Leanne Benjamin is a treat a one of the 'pas de quatres'.Makarova's innovative interpretation presents the work as a story of perfect and eternal love.The stage design by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen does not use scenery to communicate changes of place and mood but back projections (blue laser to indicate water for example) which are extremely effective for creating a mysterious magical atmosphere.

  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [1989] Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003) from £5.99  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • Cinderella [1964] Cinderella | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Choreographer Frederick Ashton's 1964 version of Sergei Prokofiev's ever popular ballet Cinderella. Conducted by John Lanchbery and directed for television by John Vernon.

  • A Tribute To Alvin Ailey [1990] A Tribute To Alvin Ailey | DVD | (18/12/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The legendary American choreographer Alvin Ailey is the subject of this well-balanced Tribute. Three of the four dances--"For Bird with Love", "Witness" and "Memoria"--are Ailey's, and the programme concludes with Ulysses Dove's "Episodes". Each is eloquently introduced by Judith Jamison, and each demonstrates the joyous, affectionate atmosphere which Ailey's work always seemed to generate. "For Bird with Love", a dance interpretation of the life of the seminal jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, is probably the best known and best loved of the items presented here. Ailey always relied on an element of rather camp Broadway glitz to carry his ideas beyond the hardcore audience for modern dance, and much of the work presented here is closer to Cats than to Cunningham. Overall, though, these dances are superbly structured, graceful edifices which transcend their showbiz influences, and there are few examples of the craft that are so extrovertly welcoming to the viewer. --Roger Thomas

  • Bolshoi Ballet - the Nutcracker [1957] Bolshoi Ballet - the Nutcracker | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £12.99  |  Saving you £2.01 (8.40%)  |  RRP £23.99

    The Bolshoi Ballet was formed in 1776 by an Englishman Michael Maddox and the Russian patron of the arts Prince Urusov. Today the dancers are the elite product of an eight year course at the Moscow Choreographic Institute and the ballet has a reputation unsurpassed by any other company in the World. In total there are some three hundred dancers and more than four hundred backstage staff. This production of The Nutcracker features the music of Pyortilyich Tchaikovsky performed by the Bolchoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Rojdestresnki with star dancers Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Assiliev.

  • Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/09/2004) from £21.03  |  Saving you £8.96 (29.90%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Featuring The Sleeping Beauty Ballet performed by the Het National Ballet recorded at the Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.

  • Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian [1998] Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian.Bella Figura - Nederlands Dans Theater I.Sleepless - Nederlands Dans Theater II.Birth-day Nederlands Dans Theater III.

  • Masterpieces Of British Ballet [1982] Masterpieces Of British Ballet | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Frederick Ashton's The Dream - American Ballet Theatre Company [2004] Frederick Ashton's The Dream - American Ballet Theatre Company | DVD | (22/12/2004) from £16.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Frederick Ashton's The Dream at the American Ballet Theatre. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.

  • Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants | DVD | (26/05/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £32.99

  • Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem [2003] Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This film by Francoise Ha Van captures the tremendous performance of this ballet by the great ballerina Sylvie Guillem as the heroine and the magnetic Nicolas Le Riche as her young lover. The first part is a studio film of the performance. The second part follows rehearsals and gives a facinating insight into the way that Guillem and Le Riche work together in their rewarding relationship. Guillem and Le Riche give powerful yet tender performances as the passionate lovers.

  • Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet [1990] Adam: Giselle - Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Adam: Giselle

  • Three By Duato [2000] Three By Duato | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £14.66  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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.

  • Black Cake And Concertante [1997] Black Cake And Concertante | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £9.11  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most exciting choreographers on the modern dance scene today Hans van Manen's work is characterised by a supreme musicality and striking versatility. The scene for Hans van Manen's BLACK CAKE is a society party. Elegantly-dressed couples dance with each other and his choreography reveals a whole range of undercurrents in the relationships between the men and the women. Both humour and aggression are found in CONCERTANTE which generates an explosive tension in a succession of encounters between four male and four female dancers.

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This new staging of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from the Royal Swedish Ballet features a dance ensemble of breathtaking wonder in a majestic staging true to the values of the original production. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright has built up the role of Prince Siegfried, giving him a greater presence right from the beginning when he appears as a mourner at the funeral of his father. Sir Peter also emphasises the darker forces that will destroy the romance between the Prince and Odette, the swan transformed into a beautiful maiden. These touches are manifest through the granite-like grandeur of the castle exterior and the skilful deployment of chiaroscuro, notably in the scenes by the lake where the indigo and royal blue contrast with the brilliant white worn by the corps de ballet. There are many other imaginative touches in the choreography, from the swans' initial entry, seemingly self-propelled to suggest their airborne flight overhead, to the comical turn of the bandy legged cygnets in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Nathalie Nordquist is an enchanting Odette, and, with a slight change in makeup, a characterful Odile. The Prince, danced by Anders Nordstrom, cuts an aristocratic figure, making an elegant partner for Odette. The swans are the last word in poise and grace. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in 16:9 anamorphic format with the option of stereo or surround sound. The picture quality is first class with good front-to-back depth. The orchestra may not be the world's most glamorous but there's compensation in hearing this score played in the theatre acoustic for which it was written. The special features are just that: an audio commentary on the plot, a list of notable productions, an interview with the two principal dancers, a history of the Royal Swedish Ballet from Director Peter Jacobbson and, best of all, an interview of wisdom and insight from Sir Peter Wright, the choreographer, entitled "Love Transcends Death". --Adrian Edwards

  • Amelia [2002] Amelia | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) directed and choreographed by Edouard Lock and performed by the acclaimed dance company La La La Human Steps explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity.Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances brilliant and relentless combined with the delicate sensual lighting of AndreTurpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience.The original score written by David Lang for violin cello piano and voice combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works created in the 60s for the Velvet Underground.

  • Stavinsky: Pulcinella [2006] Stavinsky: Pulcinella | DVD | (10/07/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Neville Marriner)

  • Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov [1989] Raymonda - Aleksandr Glazunov | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of the Glazunov ballet written in 1898. Yuri Grogorovich choreographs based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky....

  • Trockadero Ballet 1 [2001] Trockadero Ballet 1 | DVD | (07/01/2002) from £18.35  |  Saving you £1.64 (8.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The all-male dance company entertain with a number of familiar works performed in their unique style and filmed live at La Maison De La Danse Lyon. The programme includes: 'Swan Lake - Act II' 'The Dying Swan' 'Raymonda's Wedding' 'Go For Barocco' and 'Le Corsaire (Pas De Deux)'.

  • Dances Of Ecstasy [2003] Dances Of Ecstasy | DVD | (01/08/2004) from £18.87  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

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