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  • Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) [2007] Shostakovitch - the Bolt (Sorokin, the Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £16.75  |  Saving you £6.24 (27.10%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Chaconne / Prodigal Son Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Chaconne / Prodigal Son | DVD | (04/10/2004) from £9.99  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  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: Chaconne / Prodigal Son / Ballo della Regina / Steadfast Tin Soldier / Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux

  • 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

  • Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet [1984] Spartacus - The Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The awesome technique and strength of the Bolshoi Ballet is shown to great effect in Yuri Grigorvich's legendary Spartacus the epic story of a Thracian slave's fight for freedom. Grigorvich's choreography fills the huge Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict. This 1984 performance was directed for video by Preben Montell and stars two of the greatest artists of the Bolshoi Ballet of recent years. Irek Mukhamedov brings his stunning technique to the role of Spartacus and Natalya Bessmertnova gives a deeply moving performance as his wife Phrygia.

  • Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants Zizi Jeanmarie Dance Roland Petit - Carmen/Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort/La Croqueuse De Diamants | DVD | (26/05/2008) from £30.96  |  Saving you £2.03 (6.20%)  |  RRP £32.99

  • Riverdance 2002 Riverdance 2002 | DVD | (13/05/2002) from £7.99  |  Saving you £-2.80 (-14.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Over 13 million people worldwide have now seen Riverdance since its premier in Dublin in 1995. It is still the most successful and biggest dance show in the world. This latest recording filmed live in Geneva captures the show in its newest production. With its ground-breaking numbers new costumes and dance routines this DVD proves why Riverdance is the world's most popular dance show!

  • The Nutcracker [1999] The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000) from £18.66  |  Saving you £6.33 (25.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    It's easy to see why The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's perennially popular ballet first performed in 1892, has such enduring appeal. As Patrice Bart's 1999 production shows, it is always beautiful to look at, lending itself to the Christmas season where it has a permanent place in the schedules of the major dance companies. And Hoffmann's tale of the troubled child who must go on a wonderful (and occasionally terrifying) journey of discovery has a universal and timeless appeal. Bart's production for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin builds on Petipa's original choreography and develops the context of the child Marie's (Nadja Saidakova) anxiety into a strong narrative. The godfather Drosselmayer (Oliver Matz) is initially a sinister figure, forcing her to confront past events before leading her into the glittering land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here, all expectations are exceeded. The familiarity of Tchaikovsky's intricately woven themes works in total harmony with sumptuous production values. The dancing is sublime. As the Prince, Vladimir Malakhov evokes the spirit of a young Nureyev. His pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy should challenge even the most cynical tear ducts. Sit back, share the frisson of anticipation as Daniel Barenboim enters the conductor's box and let the whole experience engulf you. On the DVD: There are no extras. In addition to the 16:9 picture format, which enhances the authentic theatrical atmosphere, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound helps make this Nutcracker an aural feast. Under Barenboim's masterful control, the orchestra draws you into the heart of the music. Booklet notes provide historical background as well as performer biographies, but a more complete cast list would have been useful. --Piers Ford

  • Great Pas De Deux Great Pas De Deux | DVD | (01/02/2004) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This superb collection of stunning pas de deux from many of the best loved classical ballets features some of the most celebrated partnerships of recent times. There are stunning perfomances choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan Marius Petipa Sir Frederick Ashton and Yuri Grigorovich from productions by The Royal Ballet The Kirov Ballet The Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Also including a pas de deux from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (danced by Adam Cooper and Sc

  • Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra [1984] Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra | DVD | (04/08/2008) from £28.51  |  Saving you £4.48 (13.60%)  |  RRP £32.99

  • The Prince Of The Pagodas The Prince Of The Pagodas | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious version of The Prince of The Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Benjamin Britain's exotic score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan is the only one that he created for ballet. The oriental theme is followed through with Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting designs enhancing the fairytale atmosphere. This production by the Royal Ballet filmed at Covent Garden in 1990 stars Darcey Bussell in dazzling form as Princess Rose and Jonathan Cope as the Prince. This is the role that launched Bussell's career. MacMillan had noted her exceptional talent while she was still a student and he chose her to create the role of Princess Rose for him.

  • A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre A Christmas Carol - The Northern Ballet Theatre | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £13.15  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Charles Dickens' immortal tale here revels in a delightful adaptation for dance drama in three acts by Christopher Gable distinguished choreographer actor and former Royal Ballet star who died in 1998. The work is laced with Carl Davis' sparkling Christmas music which also requires the dancers to sing at various points. The featured company is the renowned Northern Ballet Theatre who here dance with infectious ebullience and vivacity.

  • Michael Flatley - Gold Michael Flatley - Gold | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £6.94  |  Saving you £13.05 (65.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Lord of the Dance and Riverdance sensation Michael Flatley in his third show displaying once again the magic of his dancing style This DVD contains all of Michael's greatest hits plus sneak previews of exclusive dances recorded especially for this programme. Also features 5 brand new dances new versions of his classics and the story of his phenominal career in his own words.

  • Coppelia - Delibes Coppelia - Delibes | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £12.15  |  Saving you £2.84 (18.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Delibes: Coppelia (Smith Australian Opera/Ballet Orchetra)

  • Moiseyev Dance Company: A Gala Evening [1980] Moiseyev Dance Company: A Gala Evening | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £16.75  |  Saving you £8.24 (33.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Moiseyev Dance Company Russia's most travelled troupe has broken box office records in more than 50 countries. Trained in classical ballet folk dancing and acrobatics their repertoire includes dances from all the former Soviet regions as well as from Poland Mexico and Japan.The company's creator Igor Moiseyev a distinguished choreographer ballet master and leading dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet says 'My dancers not only master technique but they should have unusual stamina the daring of an acrobat the skill of a juggler the speed of a fencer and know how to act as well!'The Moiseyev Dance Company A Gala Evening - athletic entertaining and a rare blend of grace and power.

  • Tocororo - A Cuban Tale Tocororo - A Cuban Tale | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £8.98  |  Saving you £11.01 (55.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    ""Billy Elliot in Havana"" is how the Evening Standard described this sensational dance and music extravaganza featuring 19 dancers and a live Cuban band. The Daily Telegraph enthused ""Soaring sexy and spontaneous.."" and certainly Carlos Acosta the star and creator of this brilliant new production filmed live at London's Sadler's Wells is considered by many to be the greatest dancer in the world right now. Some even describe him as the new lord of dance! All the soul and passion o

  • Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges [1986] Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges | DVD | (25/09/2000) from £16.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It was a happy idea to couple the Royal Ballet School production of Peter and the Wolf with the Netherlands Dance Theatre's L'enfant et les sortiléges, for in each story the boy is the protagonist, in one instance leading a wolf hunt and in the other wreaking revenge on his toys after his mother has locked him in his room to finish his homework. Neither work in their final form was conceived for dancing: the Prokofiev comes from the concert hall and the Ravel from the opera house. Colette, the authoress of Gigi penned the story of L'enfant et les sortil&ecute;ges, which is related here in an introduction by the choreographer Jiri Kylian with charm and a nod back at his own childhood pranks. Viewers coming to this dance version of the opera for the first time maybe be surprised that Ravel composed the boy's role for a girl and a rather buxom one in this instance. The somewhat gloomy, heavily embroidered production misses no opportunity in bringing to life the toys in the boy's room or the animals in the garden that turn on him in retribution. In conclusion as an act of compassion of binding the paw of an injured squirrel, the boy and the animal kingdom are reconciled in music of a truly sublime nature. Lorin Maazel conducts Ravel's sophisticated and witty score with its translucent vocal lines with the affection for which he has long been renowned. In marked contrast to that production, Peter and the Wolf is set against a plain backdrop with one prop, a slice of carved tree trunk centre stage. Anthony Dowell narrates and also dances the role of the Grandfather with aplomb. In each instance a musical instrument represents a character. The choreographer Matthew Hart marshals his small group of dancers, duck, cat, bird and wolf, with imagination and dexterity. David Johnson as Peter (represented by the full orchestra) gives a splendid performance, boyish and graceful, making a further excellent advertisement for schoolboys considering dancing as a career in the wake of Billy Elliot. A stylish presented and well contrasted double bill. --Adrian Edwards

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Mariinsky Ballet Orchestra) [Blu-ray] [1996] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Mariinsky Ballet Orchestra) | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £18.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (15.20%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, performed at the Mariinsky Theatre by the Artists of the Mariinsky Ballet and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, and conducted by Valery Gergiev.

  • Ballet Workout - Total Body Toning - Joey Bull Ballet Workout - Total Body Toning - Joey Bull | DVD | (24/12/2008) from £10.21  |  Saving you £4.78 (31.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Whether you are after a firmer bottom toned legs and abs or trimming the fat Ballet Workout will help you reach your goals! Ballet Workout takes the best fitness ingredients from the world of classical dance and presents then in a fun new workout designed to achieve impressive and lasting results. Under Joey Bull's guidance a fitter firmer you is just around the corner.... and you don't have to be a dancer! Combining easy to follow strength and cardio exercises Ballet Workout has been proven to attain tighter fitter stronger leaner bodies and improved posture poise balance and control. Here's to a fitter and firmer you!

  • Highlights From The Royal Ballet Highlights From The Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £11.99  |  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

  • George Balanchine's Jewels George Balanchine's Jewels | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £11.95  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Faure / Stravinsky /Tchaikovsky: Jewels Joyaux

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