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  • Bamboo Dream Bamboo Dream | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £6.63  |  Saving you £16.52 (66.10%)  |  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.

  • Delibes: Coppelia -- L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera National de Paris [2001] Delibes: Coppelia -- L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera National de Paris | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Performed at the Opera National De Paris in April 2001 this production features Charline Giezendanner who was just sixteen at the time.

  • Sleeping Beauty [1999] Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £13.57  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  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

  • Glazunov - Raymonda [1980] Glazunov - Raymonda | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £19.16  |  Saving you £3.83 (16.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • 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

  • Johann Strauss Gala [1999] Johann Strauss Gala | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £6.43  |  Saving you £13.17 (65.90%)  |  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

  • 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

  • The Rambert Dance Company - Pulcinella And Soldat - Rambert Dance Company The Rambert Dance Company - Pulcinella And Soldat - Rambert Dance Company | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £7.82  |  Saving you £7.17 (47.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The original version of Pulcinella was choreographed by Massine with designs by Picasso in 1920. Like the original Richard Alston's greatly-admired version of the complicated love-story has a Neapolitan setting and is based on traditional Commedia dell'Arte characters. British choreographer Ashley Page used the suite from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat for his ballet Soldat - the traditional folk tale of the soldier and the devil in a battle of wits for the soldier's soul.

  • Don Quixote Don Quixote | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £2.25  |  Saving you £0.80 (13.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    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.

  • Firebird / Pulcinella [1982] Firebird / Pulcinella | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £14.88  |  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

  • Classical Ballet 1 - From Dream To Reality - The Basics Classical Ballet 1 - From Dream To Reality - The Basics | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Do you dream of becoming a ballerina a star dancer or just beginning classical ballet? Make your dream come true! With the help of superb archive pictures and Chloe a nine year old girl you will discover that ballet has precise terms and that to practice it you must learn the basics. This programme is divided into four main parts: The Principal Positions of the different parts of the body The Essential Movements Alignments The four Arabesques You will then find a ret

  • 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.

  • Moniuszko - Halka Moniuszko - Halka | DVD | (14/09/2006) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • The Nutcracker [1994] The Nutcracker | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £27.99

    The Birmingham Royal Ballet Peter Wright's production of THE NUTCRACKER Ballet in two acts. Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • Tinkerbell Dance Studio - Learn Ballet Step By Step [2006] Tinkerbell Dance Studio - Learn Ballet Step By Step | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Professional ballet dancer Michelle Lungberg instructs the class . In Tinkerbell Dance Studio: Ballet the class starts at the barre (you can use a chair instead). Once Michelle introduces 1st through 5th positions she moves on to Plies Tondus Degajes Rondejambs Passes and Piques. After that the class stretches and moves to centre: Next Michelle continues with Tondus Degajes Pas De Bourres Balences and jumps. The program ends with the proper way to bow like a professional ballerina! This fun beginner ballet class is packed with all the basics and great music too!

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

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1976] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Houston Ballet -- Image / Journey / Ghost Dances [1991] Houston Ballet -- Image / Journey / Ghost Dances | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Three pieces of ballet: 'Image' with music by Gustav Mahler 'Ghost Dances' with music of South American Folk Tunes and 'Journey' with music by Palle Mikkelborg.

  • Giselle Giselle | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £5.85  |  Saving you £4.68 (31.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Adam: Giselle (Smith The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra)

  • The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - An Evening With [1986] The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - An Evening With | DVD | (20/02/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A studio recording of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Featuring: 'Divining' 'Revelations' 'The Stack Up' and 'Cry'. Choreographers include Judith Jamison Alvin Ailey and Tally Beatty.

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