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  • Narcissus Narcissus | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £14.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (29.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Narcissus features three of Norman McLaren's finest works. Narcissus: In Narcissus Norman McLaren's balletic interpretation of the Greek myth dancers enact the tragedy of the beautiful youth who condemns himself to a trapped existence through excessive self-love. Visually stunning the film is a compendium of McLaren techniques developed over a lifetime of experimentation. Film dance and music are skillfully merged to celebrate the ancient myth and its timeless significance

  • 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

  • Evidentia [1995] Evidentia | DVD | (23/09/1996) from £14.00  |  Saving you £3.99 (22.20%)  |  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

  • Ballet Classics Ballet Classics | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £7.50  |  Saving you £4.88 (32.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Includes: Romeo And Juliet: Featuring the one act version of this outstanding ballet designed and choreographed by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov and set to theTchaikovsky overture. Also featuring the superbly choreographed and exquisitely danced 'Death of Anna Karennina'. Don Quixote: The athletic grace and beauty of the ballet tells the delusional story of Don Quixote on this extraordinary DVD. Starring Nadzedah Pavlova Music by Minkus choreography adapted by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov. Based on the original by Petipa. The Carmen Suite: This stylish modern ballet set in a symbolic bullring captures the spirit and passion of Merimee's novella. Music by Rodion Schedrin and choreography by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.

  • Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky [1989] Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £13.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (8.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet in Three Acts and a Prologue.

  • Alicia Alonso - Prima Ballerina Assoluta [1958] Alicia Alonso - Prima Ballerina Assoluta | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £18.16  |  Saving you £4.83 (21.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    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) [2005] Purcell - Dido and Aeneas: a Choreographic Opera (Cremonesi) | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £18.69  |  Saving you £6.30 (25.20%)  |  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.

  • The Australian Ballet - Beyond 40: Anniversary Gala [2002] The Australian Ballet - Beyond 40: Anniversary Gala | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £16.75  |  Saving you £8.24 (33.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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 The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £12.91  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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 The Glory Of The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £15.71  |  Saving you £2.28 (12.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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 Stone Flower - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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 [1991] Kirov Classics | DVD | (18/07/2000) from £14.97  |  Saving you £10.02 (40.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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 Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £10.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | HD DVD | (01/10/2007) from £14.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

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

  • 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....

  • Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin Die Kameliendame - NDR Sinfonieorchester/Andre Presser/Chopin | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Die KameliendameBallet By John NeumeierMusic By Frederic Chopin

  • Jose Limon - Three Modern Dance Classics [1949] Jose Limon - Three Modern Dance Classics | DVD | (31/01/2003) from £18.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Jose Limon (1908-1972) was a Mexican-American choreographer who continues to be regarded as one of the modern dance world's seminal creative artists known for his intense dramatic presence and the theatricality and musicality of his dances. Here for the first time on video are three of his most famous works with the original casts filmed in their entirety for the Canadian Broadcasting Company in the 1950s.THE MOORS PAVANE (1949) is generally considered to be one of the great masterworks in the modern repertory. In the form of a Renaissance dance Limon destills the legend of Othello into a taut one-act human drama with music by Henry Pucell. Joining Limon are his close collaborators Lucas Hoving Pauline Koner and Betty Jones. Telecast date: March 6 1955.THE TRAITOR (1954) was Limon's response to the McCarthy hearings and the climate of betrayal that haunted the arts and entertainment fields during this period. Against a music score of violence passion and tenderness (by Gunther Schuller) the tragedy of Judas is portrayed as if it were taking place in modern times. Telecast date: October 23 1955.THE EMPEROR JONES (1956) is based upon the play by Eugene O'Neill wherein a fugitive from a chain gang sets himself up as the ruler of an island domain. He becomes a tyrant and his mistreated subjects eventually rebel and hunt him down. For this dance Limon commissioned a musical score from Heitor Villa-Lobos. Telecast date: March 13 1957.

  • Three Ballerinas - A Celebration Of The Lives Of Three Remarkable Australian Dancers [2002] Three Ballerinas - A Celebration Of The Lives Of Three Remarkable Australian Dancers | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £14.76  |  Saving you £10.23 (40.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Celebrate the lives of three of Australia's greatest ballerina's - Lucette Aldous Marilyn Rowe and Marilyn Jones - in this remarkable documentary. All three were prima ballerina's in the 1970s during the golden years of The Australian Ballet when Peggy Van Praagh was Artistic Director. Three Ballerinas uncovers the world inhabited by these extraordinary women as they discuss their careers their featured roles and the sacrifices required to make it to the top in the dance world.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (02/01/2007) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Agnes Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, Jose Martinez, a convincing, pale vulnerable Prince Siegfried, and Karl Paguette, doubling as a dutiful Wolfgang and an equally devious Rothbart, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream' version of Swan Lake, Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's lyrical ballet, far from being a cliched stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an expose of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions. Under the inspired and clear-cut musical direction of Vello Pahn, this production of one of the jewels of the Paris Opera Ballet's repertoire brilliantly displays the meticulous precision, technical prowess and pure, unmanbnered style of the company's unrivalled female corps de ballet, eliciting an ethereal, intense beauty, captured for DVD in High Definition video and superb surround sound.

  • Dances Of Ecstasy [2003] Dances Of Ecstasy | DVD | (01/08/2004) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

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