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  • 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

  • Shchedrin - Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Ballet) Shchedrin - Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (08/12/2008) from £10.39  |  Saving you £0.60 (5.50%)  |  RRP £10.99

    Volshoi Ballet: Shchedrin - Anna Karenina

  • 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

  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker [1999] Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £6.17  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Jean-Christophe Maillot's version of the popular classical ballet The Nutcracker recorded in the Festival Tent of Fontvieille in 1999 is an innovative interpretation of the well-known subject. It was Maillot's brainchild to transpose the ballet into the world of circus while keeping the basic tenet where the real world blends with the fantasy world of childhood. Set in two acts the ballet reaches its climax in the second act: the world of circus then opens up to little Marie with a series of funny touching and poetic scenes that will delight and enchant both the young and old.

  • 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.

  • Appartement - Ek [2003] Appartement - Ek | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £17.92  |  Saving you £2.07 (10.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Legendary Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's ballet was created for the dancers of the Opera National de Paris and is here danced by star names including Nicolas Le Riche and Marie-Agnes Gillot.The ballet is set to the music of the Swedish rock band Fleshquartet who here perform live on stage. The group a highly expressive string quartet plus drummer and sampler uses precisely that 'fusion' of classical jazz hard rock rap hiphop and pop which is characteristic of Mats Ek's choreography.

  • L'Histoire Du Soldat [1998] L'Histoire Du Soldat | DVD | (21/11/2000) from £16.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (6.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, the hero believes he has cheated the devil and lives to regret his cleverness. The aftermath of the First World War had left the composer convinced of an aesthetic of austerity, so here he replaces his huge pre-war scores with the Ballet Russes with a few dancers, a few instruments and narrators. The score, brilliantly played, includes a lot of genre dances--a tango, a waltz, a ragtime--as well as fragmentary jagged marches and love scenes that drift with deliberate grace into the further reaches of tonality. Kylian's choreography involves a rather larger cast than most--many of the dance numbers are performed as a "divertissement" for the soldier and his princess--and some slightly corny staging: at the end, dragged off to Hell, the soldier disappears into a red dry-ice mist. None the less, this version is superbly danced, with a real sense of menace, moments of fairytale beauty and passionately cynical flippantness. The DVD has menus and subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish, and contains trailers for other ArtHaus releases. --Roz Kaveney

  • Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) [1982] Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £17.64  |  Saving you £5.35 (23.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Carmen Carmen | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £10.98  |  Saving you £14.01 (56.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Danced here in the adaptation by the Russian composer Rodion Schtschhedrin, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen lasts some 50 minutes, only about one third of the original's playing time. The Swedish Cullberg Ballet Company, choreographed by Mats Ek, is a first-rate ensemble, the girls here dressed in colourful Latin style dresses, the men in fashionable dark grey. The set is penny plain with one chief ornament, a large ball that becomes the focus of some acrobatic dancing. Carmen, danced by a lady of greater age than her José, smokes a cigar: he carries the flowers. Escamillo (Yvan Auzely), dressed in traditional toreador's garb, caps them both in terms of dress, style and movement. Whether the choreographer was wise in creating one role in which the same dancer portrays three characters-José's mother, his girl back home Micaela and Muerte--is a moot point, particularly since the emphasis in his conception is on Don José having to make a decision between his dear old mother, his childhood sweetheart and the world outside. One would have trouble working out who's who without resort to the booklet. Ek's choreography, forged from a number of influences of whom the flying figures at one point suggest Bob Fosse, brings home José's inner conflict, by having him at one point going into spasm in a series of jerky movements. Other gyratory movements within the ensemble are characteristic of his style. The orchestra consists of strings and percussion, the latter over-amplified on the soundtrack to a point that would become wearisome on repeated showings. The lack of colour in the production will not suit all tastes but for those who enjoy a contemporary slant on an old story--such as Matthew Bourne offered in his modern-dress dance version The Car Man--Ek's production offers a valid alternative view. --Adrian Edwards

  • Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 [2007] Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This double bill from one of the world's leading choreographers offers two of his major works, danced by Paris Opera Ballet. The dreamlike Songe de Medee, with music by Mauro Lanza and freely based on the Greek myth of Medea, explores a woman's soul, portraying her, paradoxically, as a tender loving mother and a tormented victim who sacrifices everything, including her children, for love.

  • Don Quixote [1999] Don Quixote | DVD | (01/12/2003) from £10.89  |  Saving you £14.10 (56.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The legendary Rudolf Nureyev stars in this classic ballet.

  • 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.

  • Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum [DVD] [2006] Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum | DVD | (05/01/2009) from £19.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere [2004] Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £13.16  |  Saving you £2.83 (17.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Features footage of some of the finest bellydancers in the world performing in Paris in October 2004. Set List: 1. Entrance Of The Stars 2. Tabi Tabi - Ansuya 3. Lailet Hob - Bellyqueen Amar Gamal and Kaeshi 4. Armut Agaci - Tribes Of Persopolis 5. Art Of The Drum Solo - Sonia & Issam Houshan 6. Raks Bedeya - Egyptian Nights 7. Ajaja - Petite Jamilla 8. Nataraja - Bombay Bellywood 9. Tin Tin - Amar Gamal 10. 'No Title' - Life Liberty and The Pursuit Of Rhythm 11.

  • Coppelia Coppelia | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £16.84  |  Saving you £8.15 (32.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This 1994 French TV presentation of Delibes' Coppelia reflects choreographer Maguy Marin's commitment to total theatre, seeking to find a fresh and exciting way of making ballet a rewarding experience on the home screen. One of the problems of filmed live ballet is the video presentation often fails to capture the experience of being in the theatre, something this dynamic production shot on location and in the studio circumvents in a highly visual way. Relocating Hoffman's tale of Doctor Coppelia's automaton and troubled young love to contemporary run-down urban France, the opening folk-dances are set around a hard-court game of football which unequivocally evokes the opening of West Side Story (1961). Throughout classical dance blends with modern, jazz, mine and physical theatre, while the adapted story offers a critique of the modern obsession with visual icons and the power of illusory fantasy over reality. Romantic, witty and filled with a surreal imaginative poetry in a lineage descended from the films of Jean (La Belle et la Bete) Cocteau and Michael (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom) Powell, this is a Coppelia for anyone who enjoyed Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty (1999). Purists be warned, Marin dispenses with half the score, making her version last just 60 minutes. On the DVD: The 1.77-1 anamorphically enhanced widescreen picture is excellent, benefiting greatly from being lit and shot like a feature film rather than the video of live ballet productions. The PCM stereo sound is equally good, making this widescreen presentation technically superior to other TV classical music releases from the same date. There is a 12-minute interview with Marin (in French with English subtitles) in which she outlines her background, her idea of theatre, and explains her conception of the film and explores why she cut so much of the original ballet. Also included are trailers of four other Arthaus releases and a multi-language 24-page booklet with full credits and notes on Delibes, Marin, Nagano and the performance. --Gary S Dalkin

  • 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.

  • American Ballet Theatre Now [1978] American Ballet Theatre Now | DVD | (08/03/2001) from £17.78  |  Saving you £7.21 (28.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    America's leading ballet soloists display highlights from their repertoire.

  • The Stone Flower - Prokofiev The Stone Flower - Prokofiev | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    First performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1954 this ballet draws on the rich heritage of Russian folklore to tell the tale of the young stonemason Danila who must choose between his village sweetheart Katerina and a magical temptress. It is based on fairy tales from the Urals collected by Pavel Bazhov and set in the middle of the 19th century.In Stone Flower you can feel Prokofiev's resignation after the hard struggle with the political situation but nevertheless he hasn't lost his brilliance and the music of his last ballet still is full of catchy tunes and joyousness.However with the completion of his composition it took four years before it received its premiere in Moscow and was not a great success at all. It was only three years later with the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich that Prokofiev's Stone Flower finally come to a glorious resurrection. The young choreographer simplified the story and focussed on nothing but the dance. The ballet became his first major success. The presented version shows a reproduction of this choreography from 1957 which has become immortal.

  • Spartacus - Khachaturian [1990] Spartacus - Khachaturian | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £11.57  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

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

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