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  • La Bayadere La Bayadere | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £14.41  |  Saving you £0.58 (3.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The ballet is set in legendary India. Solar the noblest and braviest warrior of the land returns with his comrades from hunting the tiger. On the pretext that he wants to pray at the holy fire he asks his friends to leave him on his own. In reality however he hopes to meet his secret lover the Bayadere or temple dancer Nikiya. After they have left Solor calls the fakir Magdayeva whom he wants to help him arrange a secret meeting with Nikiyal they are however interrupted by the arrival of the high Brahman and the priests. The Brahman orders Magdaveya to call the other fakirs and to light the holy fire for the celebrations. The Bayaderes appear and begin their ritual dance. When they have finished their dance Nikiya appears; she has been chosen to be ordained as their leader and is taken to the Brahman who lifts her veil and is overwhelmed by her beauty.

  • Evidentia [1995] Evidentia | DVD | (23/09/1996) from £12.56  |  Saving you £5.16 (28.70%)  |  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

  • Johann Strauss Gala [1999] Johann Strauss Gala | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £5.35  |  Saving you £7.11 (35.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Not only did 1999 mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Johann Strauss Sr., but the centenary of the passing of his son, Johann Strauss, "The Waltz King". To commemorate, on the evening of May 29, 1999 in Vienna's grand Heldenplatz almost 8,000 people gathered for a gala concert. This Wiener Philharmoniker performance was conducted by Zubin Meta (who had previously conducted the The Three Tenors, one of whom, José Carreras is here joined by soprano Andrea Rost for two duets from Strauss operettas). At 103 minutes this DVD offers 19 selections, but either there was an interval after just six pieces, or considering how rapidly it gets dark between "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka" and the "Overture" from Die Fledermaus, there has been some cutting. Given such a great orchestra and the wonderful setting, it would have been nice to see people dancing to what is after all, real dance music. Despite the static nature of the event, the music is still uplifting, moving even the staid Vienna audience to clap along by the finale of the rousing "Radetzky March".On the DVD: Other than some useful booklet notes there are no special features, and unlike most other Arthaus titles the sound is offered only in stereo Dolby Digital and PCM stereo. This is presumably due to the difficulties associated with outdoor acoustics and live recording which nearly prevented the concert going ahead. The anamorphically enhanced picture generally makes the most of the spectacular location, having a clarity in the close-ups such that it is virtually possible to count the hairs on the musicians heads.--Gary S. Dalkin

  • Moiseyev Dance Company 2 Moiseyev Dance Company 2 | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £18.68  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

  • 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.

  • Bolshoi Ballet In The Park - Divertisements Bolshoi Ballet In The Park - Divertisements | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £11.97  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In 1986 the Bolshoi Ballet toured the UK with this programme of Divertissements after an absence of 12 years. The tour was a spectacular success and proved the Bolshoi worthy of their description as the world s most famous ballet company. Their flamboyance and daring brilliance and technical execution are triumphantly displayed in this programme of excerpts from seven famous Bolshoi ballets which include Les Sylphides Spartacus The Sleeping Beauty La Bayad re Swan Lake Sprin

  • Black And White Ballet [1995] Black And White Ballet | DVD | (18/07/2000) from £18.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (25.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Black and White Ballet is a treat for all fans of contemporary dance. The Nederlands Dans Theater's reputation is formidable in any event, but there's also a tradition in the Netherlands of producing modern dance for television and video media with enormous expertise, as owners of the superb Springdance VHS collections will testify. The advent of DVD has of course upped the ante considerably in terms of detail and overall production values, with this disc being a fine example of what can be achieved. The stark, monochromatic staging of this sequence of dance pieces is overlaid by a choice of music which encompasses Mozart, Bach and Webern, but it's the opening item, set to the first part of Steve Reich's Drumming, which is the most compelling, displaying as it does the power of dance to extrapolate from music rather than just accompany it. In terms of features, the disc is pretty spartan, with a stereo-only soundtrack and no extra features worthy of the name, but the overall result is nevertheless highly recommended.--Roger Thomas

  • Burn The Floor Burn The Floor | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £16.96  |  Saving you £-3.97 (-30.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Conceived directed and choreographed by World Champion Ballroom dancer Jason Gilkison who choreographed the original 'Burn the Floor' which has been seen by over 3 million people worldwide. 'Floor Play' has been ten years in the making and features a hand picked cast of dancers.

  • Bamboo Dream Bamboo Dream | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £5.84  |  Saving you £14.73 (58.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A 'blend' of ballet contemporary dance and Chinese dance which follows the seasons of the year. Choreography by Lin Hwai-Min. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's extraordinary blend of contemporary dance ballet and traditional CHinese dance takes it influence from elements as diverse as calligraphy meditation and martial arts. Here in the choreography of artistic director Lin Hwai-Min age-old beliefs and stories are brought into contemporary and universal perspective taking inspiration from the bamboo seen in China as a symbol of integrity and epitome of elegance.

  • Minkus - La Bayadere (Coleman, Zakharova, Bolle) Minkus - La Bayadere (Coleman, Zakharova, Bolle) | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £17.83  |  Saving you £7.16 (28.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ludwig Minkus - La Bayadere.

  • Spartacus - Khachaturian [1990] Spartacus - Khachaturian | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £11.12  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    SpartacusBallet in Three Acts.Recorded At The Bolshoi Theatre 1990.

  • Highlights From The Royal Ballet Highlights From The Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £13.75  |  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

  • 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)'.

  • Mozart: The Great Mass [2005] Mozart: The Great Mass | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £10.28  |  Saving you £14.71 (58.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Uwe Scholz ballet by the Leipzig Ballet company.

  • Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) [1982] Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £16.19  |  Saving you £3.84 (16.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Black Cake And Concertante [1997] Black Cake And Concertante | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £9.04  |  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.

  • Bolshoi Ballet/Kirov Ballet - Russian Ballet Highlights Bolshoi Ballet/Kirov Ballet - Russian Ballet Highlights | DVD | (30/10/2006) from £10.77  |  Saving you £2.22 (17.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Russian Ballet Highlights features Russia's two most celebrated ballet companies the Bolshoi and the Kirov in extracts from five of the great ballets in their classical repertoire. Recorded in Moscow and St Petersburg. Featuring extracts from Giselle The Sleeping Beauty Le Corsaire The Golden Age and Spartacus

  • Sleeping Beauty [1999] Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £17.18  |  Saving you £7.81 (31.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is here transformed by the masterful contemporary choreographer Mats Ek into an allegory of repression, love and emotional maturity set in a bleak, stylised postmodern limbo which is both chilling and, just occasionally, bleakly humorous. Traditionalists may be flinching already, but this is a ballet which has always lent itself to this kind of treatment. Indeed, what many will think of as the "traditional" interpretation is in fact Diaghilev's forward-looking production of 1921, which had sets and costumes by Bakst and re-instrumentation by Stravinsky. Ek's Princess inhabits a world seemingly out of Fritz Lang, where Carabosse is a drug-dealing low-life and the Fairies are a gaggle of sneering girlies. Ek removes his work from the classical tradition to a large degree, but what goes in its place is a highly disciplined yet tactile and gut-wrenchingly emotive approach, conveying both the external and internal narratives of the work with unfailing conviction. --Roger Thomas

  • Pelleas Et Melisande Pelleas Et Melisande | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Debussy's haunting opera Pelleas et Melisande based on a tragic fairy tale recounts the ill fated love of half brothers Golaud and Pelleas for the same woman the enigmatic Melisande. Graham Vick's beautiful fin-de-siecle production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1999 stars Christiane Oelze as Melisande Richard Croft as Pelleas and John Tomlinson as Golaud.

  • Prokofiev/Stravinsky/Struchkova/Vasiliev - Lt. Kije Prokofiev/Stravinsky/Struchkova/Vasiliev - Lt. Kije | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £14.91  |  Saving you £8.08 (35.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

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