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  • Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum [DVD] [2006] Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum | DVD | (05/01/2009) from £13.57  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Ballet Classics Ballet Classics | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £5.95  |  Saving you £4.78 (31.90%)  |  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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Giselle Giselle | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £7.40  |  Saving you £4.80 (32.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Adam: Giselle (Smith The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra)

  • Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Tzigane / Andante Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Tzigane / Andante | DVD | (01/08/2004) from £14.28  |  Saving you £3.71 (20.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    George Balanchine is regarded as one of ballet's greatest choregraphers and one of the great artists of the 20th Century. He had a huge impact on the cultural history of New York City. This DVD is the first half of a two disc set featuring Balanchine's best known works performed by New York City Ballet and released as part of this year's George Balanchine Cenetenary Celebrations. Features: Tzigane / The Four Temperaments / Emerald And Diamonds / Jewels / Stravinsky Violin Concerto

  • 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.

  • Bolshoi Ballet And Kirov Ballet - Dancing For Dollars Bolshoi Ballet And Kirov Ballet - Dancing For Dollars | DVD | (26/03/2007) from £11.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (7.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The Bolshoi Ballet's first trip to America in 1959 was a political and artistic triumph and audiences queued for days to see these legends of ballet. Bolshoi in Vegas a richly entertaining documentary follows their disastrous 1996 tour in which they hoped to capitalise on this earlier success. The tour is beset with problems from the start tensions mount and the Bolshoi are bewildered by their lukewarm reception. Kirov in Petersburg traces the development of an institution. As Communism gives way to Capitalism and artistic values give way to commercial considerations the Kirov Ballet's chief choreographer Oleg Vinogradov's final year in office is set against allegations of bribery and corruption. Through the deeply personal recollections of workers dancers and critics specially-filmed backstage footage and previously unseen archive material a unique portrait emerges of the Kirov's changing fortunes in the context of its awesome heritage.

  • American Ballet Theatre Now [1978] American Ballet Theatre Now | DVD | (08/03/2001) from £18.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (27.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cinderella - Prokofiev/Spoerli/Zurich Ballet [2003] Cinderella - Prokofiev/Spoerli/Zurich Ballet | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £16.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

    CinderellaBallet in two acts.

  • Coppelia Coppelia | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £7.62  |  Saving you £13.50 (54.00%)  |  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

  • Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation - Catherine Wheel Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation - Catherine Wheel | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £16.25  |  Saving you £1.74 (9.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    To original music by David Byrne of Talking Heads The Catherine Wheel is a rock-dance special by New York choreographer Twyla Tharp. The piece grew out of Twyla Tharp s fascination with Saint Catherine the 4th-century martyr who was condemned to die on a spiked wheel. When it was premiered on Broadway it was described by the New Yorker as a major event in our theatre with dancing of astonishing beauty and power . Twyla Tharp then refashioned this piece specially for television u

  • Natalia Makarova - Natasha Natalia Makarova - Natasha | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £12.09  |  Saving you £0.90 (6.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Natalia Makarova is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest ballerinas of our age. The content of this television spectacular was chosen to show off the astonishing range and artistry of this uniquely gifted dancer. Some of Makarova's most acclaimed interpretations are featured in this recording alongside dances created especially for her. Highlights include her portrayal of Natalya Petrovna in Ashton's A Month in the Country and Juliet in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet as well as extracts from Carmen Manon Les Sylphides and the musicals On Your Toes and Begin the Beguine. She is partnered by Anthony Dowell Denys Ganio Tim Flavin Gary Chryst and the Norman Maen Dancers. The dance programme is linked by Makarova and her charming personality fascinating life and love of dance shine through to create an intriguing visual biography of one of the greatest female dancers of our time. The music for Natasha was specially recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

  • Bolshoi Ballet - Trapeze/Fragments of a Biography (Maximova) [1985] Bolshoi Ballet - Trapeze/Fragments of a Biography (Maximova) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £16.75  |  Saving you £8.24 (33.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • 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

  • American Ballet Theatre - In San Francisco American Ballet Theatre - In San Francisco | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £16.25  |  Saving you £1.74 (9.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This mixed bill of ballets danced by one of the world's greatest ballet companies was recorded live from the War Memorial Opera House San Francisco in 1985 and includes complete short ballets in addition to extracts from full length works. Airs choreographed by Paul Taylor was his first work for American Ballet Theatre and features music by Handel. It was featured in Mikhail Baryshnikov's highly successful first season as Artistic Director. This is followed by Jardin aux Lilas with music by Chausson choreographed by Anthony Taylor. The Grand pas de deux from Act III Swan Lake choreography by Marius Petipa is danced by American Ballet Theatre stars Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. Then follows the Balcony Pas de deux from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan featuring the great Natalia Makarova and Kevin McKenzie. The last work is Great Galloping Gottschalk which was created by Lynn Taylor-Corbett for American Ballet Theatre in 1982.

  • Various Artists - Stars of the Russian Ballet Various Artists - Stars of the Russian Ballet | DVD | (05/04/2004) from £14.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (34.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The second part of this three-part ballet film contains a most unusual event a one of a kind sequence in which two of the world's greatest ballerinas Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya dance together in a memorable performance of scenes from Boris Asafiev's ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. This is the only filmed record of these two great dancers performing together and it provides a unique opportunity to compare their different styles.The first part of this film features Galina Ulanova in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Utilizing dazzling visual effects this production takes full advantage of the artistic qualities of the cinema rather than merely recording the event.The great Georgian dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani is featured in the third part of this film in scenes from Boris Asafiev's homage to the French Revolution The Flames of Paris.

  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker [1999] Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £15.99  |  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.

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