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  • Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 [2007] Preljocaj - Songe De Medee and Mc14/22 | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £18.76  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  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.

  • Firebird / Pulcinella [1982] Firebird / Pulcinella | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This release offers two short ballets by Stravinsky, The Firebird from 1909-10 and Pulcinella written a decade later, the former based on three Russian fairytales. This 1982 production by the Royal Danish Ballet was choreographed by Glen Tetley, for whom "The Firebird is a symbol of our innermost dreams and longing for freedom and true love". His interpretation has a dreamlike atmosphere, the designs echoing Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete, the languorous, sensual dance evoking an understated fairytale eroticism in parallel with the shimmering score. Pulcinella comes from Stravinsky's neo-classical period and is inspired by the Italian commedia dell'arte of the 17th and 18th centuries. The story, an almost slapstick series of romantic confusions and complications amid the streets of Naples, is brought to life in this 1988 Scapino Ballet production with an enchanting mixture of dance and mime. The design is boldly colourful and Nils Christe's choreography filled with character and playful good humour. The music comes from an enthusiastic LSO under Claudio Abbado, with vocal soloists of the calibre of John Shirley-Quirk. The two works make an attractive programme. On the DVD: Other than a trailer for other Arthaus DVDs there are no special features. Reflecting the age of the material, the sound is unremarkable PCM stereo and the picture conventional 4:3. There is some audio distortion on Pulcinella, particularly on the vocal parts. The image has rich, vibrant colours and is reasonably detailed, but is also grainy and shows compression artefacts. Firebird has a smoother image, largely due to the focus being soft. The booklet contains useful notes and a full scene breakdown. The disc is encoded for regions 2 and 5. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Glazunov - Raymonda [1980] Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £22.75  |  Saving you £0.24 (1.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Dances Of Ecstasy [2003] Dances Of Ecstasy | DVD | (01/08/2004) from £10.57  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • La Sylphide [2004] La Sylphide | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The original choreography by Philippe Taglioni had changed ballet forever. It introduced constitutional features of Romantic Ballet as we know it. These include dance en pointe and the tutu which most certainly owe their omnipresence in ballet to the success of the 1832 staging of La Sylphide in Paris. Everything about the event combined to transform the ballet into a magical spectacle: the libretto inspired by romantic literature the bucolic exoticism of the village wedding festivities the dramatic realism of the Sylvan forest the eerie halo of the gas lights the aerial flights of the dancers the long diaphanous tulle costumes and the ballerina's variations en pointes. Through this work ballet master Philippe Taglioni managed to achieve a magical fusion between mime and artistic dance in a light and flowing style that gave birth to the first white act in the history of ballet.

  • Dance Theatre Of Harlem [1989] Dance Theatre Of Harlem | DVD | (28/02/2001) from £13.43  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Dance Theatre of Harlem has long since entered the history books as the world's foremost black classical ballet company, founded in 1969 by School of American Ballet graduate Arthur Mitchell. In 1989, RM Arts and Danmarks Radio produced a studio repertoire of four of the company's most popular works, encapsulating the extraordinary mixture of grace and physicality that have captivated audiences globally. Quite possibly, too, they have attracted and inspired a different audience for whom the traditional trappings of classical ballet--tutus and tights--hold little appeal. Take "Troy Game", a short piece for six male dancers who tumble, fight, swagger, jostle and play in a joyful, gladiatorial celebration of male muscularity. It's ironic, sometimes challenging, and very funny. Or take "John Henry", an interpretation of the life of the legendary factory worker who resisted the increased automation of the steel industry but wore himself out in the process. These are ballets that draw heavily on folklore to create tension which is almost tangible. "Fall River Legend" is a reworking of the Lizzie Borden story (choreography by Agnes de Mille) and "The Beloved" is based on the story of an over-zealous minister who throttles his wife over a bible. It seems invidious to pick out individual artists but Virginia Johnson as Lizzie and Eddie J Shellman as John Henry embody the dramatic, character-driven dancing which is the foundation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem's reputation: exhilarating and compelling. On the DVD: PCM stereo-sound quality is adequate for the music, much of it derived from American folk tunes. The 4:3 picture format favours some fine camera work which moves in among the dancers. This is especially effective for the fast-moving "Troy Game" and the stylised settings of "Fall River Legend", where the choreography generates an electric air of personal meltdown around axe murderess Lizzie Borden. An important feature is an introduction to the Dance Theatre of Harlem by its founder, the genial Arthur Mitchell. The accompanying booklet provides a potted history. --Piers Ford

  • Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum [DVD] [2006] Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and The Drum | DVD | (05/01/2009) from £11.49  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky [1999] The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/10/2004) from £21.03  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Royal Swedish Ballet)

  • Dances Of Ecstasy Dances Of Ecstasy | DVD | (19/09/2003) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A journey through the dance and music from Namibia Korea Nigeria Brazil Turkey and Australia. Four documentaries describe the various rituals.

  • Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £18.76  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's seductive and commanding Cursive 2 is the result of a long journey into the ancient practice of movement and spirituality. By blending even more tai chi into his familiar modern dance idiom Lin Hwai-min choreographer of the highly acclaimed Moon Water and Bamboo Dream has created an achingly beautiful work in monochrome tones. Danced against a restrained background featuring blown-up images of precious Sung porcelain framed by black rice paper

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart [2002] Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (10/04/2007) from £22.09  |  Saving you £-2.93 (-15.30%)  |  RRP £19.16

  • La Chauve-Souris - Strauss [2003] La Chauve-Souris - Strauss | DVD | (21/01/2005) from £21.03  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Strauss: La Chauve-Souris

  • Bolshoi Ballet - Trapeze/Fragments of a Biography (Maximova) [1985] Bolshoi Ballet - Trapeze/Fragments of a Biography (Maximova) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £22.75  |  Saving you £2.24 (9.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Strauss - Aschenbrodel [1999] Strauss - Aschenbrodel | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £11.03  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Strauss Ii:Aschenbr'del

  • Bolshoi Ballet - the Nutcracker [1957] Bolshoi Ballet - the Nutcracker | DVD | (13/10/2003) from £21.98  |  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.

  • Songs Of The Wanderers [1999] Songs Of The Wanderers | DVD | (04/01/2001) from £11.49  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Cloud gate Dance theatre of Taiwan presents, 'Songs Of The Wanderers'.

  • The Nutcracker [1968] The Nutcracker | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £21.25  |  Saving you £13.74 (39.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A 1968 made for television version of The Nutcracker performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden choreographed and produced by as well as starring Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet. Music by Tchaikovsky.

  • Adam - Giselle - Ballet in Two Acts Adam - Giselle - Ballet in Two Acts | DVD | (19/07/2004) from £22.75  |  Saving you £2.24 (9.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Adam - Giselle - Ballet In Two Acts

  • Jiri Kylian's Car Men - A Film By Boris Paval Conen And Jiri Kylian [2006] Jiri Kylian's Car Men - A Film By Boris Paval Conen And Jiri Kylian | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £18.76  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Choreographer Jiri Kylian and director Boris Paval Conen made the film on location at a coal mine in the Czech Republic, where Kylian choreographed the piece for four dancers on the spot. The Dutch composer Han Otten arranged Bizet's original score and also integrated additional music specially composed for the film. The trial of strength between the eternal temptress Carmen (Sabine Kupferberg), the infatuated Don Jose (Karel Hrushka), the womaniser Escamillo (David Krugel) and the kind-hearted Samaritan Micaela (Gioconda Barbuto) climaxes in a lively race in cars made from abandoned scrap.Also Includes To Additional Ballets:La Cathedrale Engloutie.Silent Cries.

  • Grupo Corpo - Brazilian Dance Theatre [1996] Grupo Corpo - Brazilian Dance Theatre | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Grupo Corpo or 'Body Group' combine Afro-Brazilian dance forms with the technical prowess of ballet. 'O Corpo' is set to music by Arnaldo Antunes.

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