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  • Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem [2003] Marguerite Et Armand - Sylvie Guillem | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    This film by Francoise Ha Van captures the tremendous performance of this ballet by the great ballerina Sylvie Guillem as the heroine and the magnetic Nicolas Le Riche as her young lover. The first part is a studio film of the performance. The second part follows rehearsals and gives a facinating insight into the way that Guillem and Le Riche work together in their rewarding relationship. Guillem and Le Riche give powerful yet tender performances as the passionate lovers.

  • Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet [1992] Essential Ballet - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (12/03/2001) from £11.78  |  Saving you £-2.00 (-14.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Essential Ballet - The Kirov

  • American Ballet Theatre at the Met American Ballet Theatre at the Met | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £10.93  |  Saving you £9.06 (45.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This DVD realease features a fine quartet of ballets recorded live at the Metroplitan Opera House New York in June 1984. This mixed bill shows off both the lyrical and the virtuoso qualities of this famous comapny. Les Sylphides: Chopin's stunning one act 'romantic reverie' was premiered by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1909 with a cast including Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Choreographer Michael Fokine revived this productionfor American Ballet Theatre's opening perfor

  • La Bayadere La Bayadere | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £14.41  |  Saving you £0.58 (3.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The ballet is set in legendary India. Solar the noblest and braviest warrior of the land returns with his comrades from hunting the tiger. On the pretext that he wants to pray at the holy fire he asks his friends to leave him on his own. In reality however he hopes to meet his secret lover the Bayadere or temple dancer Nikiya. After they have left Solor calls the fakir Magdayeva whom he wants to help him arrange a secret meeting with Nikiyal they are however interrupted by the arrival of the high Brahman and the priests. The Brahman orders Magdaveya to call the other fakirs and to light the holy fire for the celebrations. The Bayaderes appear and begin their ritual dance. When they have finished their dance Nikiya appears; she has been chosen to be ordained as their leader and is taken to the Brahman who lifts her veil and is overwhelmed by her beauty.

  • La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/01/2004) from £19.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (14.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Pugny / Lacotte: The Pharoah's Daughter

  • The Nutcracker Ballet [1995] The Nutcracker Ballet | DVD | (28/10/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    An enchanting performance of the ballet 'The Nutcracker'; music by Peter Tchaikovsky filmed at the Slovak National Theatre.

  • Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan Cursive II - Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £18.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  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

  • Mozart: The Great Mass [2005] Mozart: The Great Mass | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £12.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Uwe Scholz ballet by the Leipzig Ballet company.

  • Paquita - Deldevez And Minkus [2003] Paquita - Deldevez And Minkus | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the Edouard Marie Ernest Delvedez and Ludwig Minkus ballet with the original choreography recreated by Pierre Lacotte.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky [1989] Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/11/2004) from £14.28  |  Saving you £0.71 (4.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Swan Lake From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989Ballet in Two Acts Four Scenes

  • Evidentia [1995] Evidentia | DVD | (23/09/1996) from £14.00  |  Saving you £3.99 (22.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    An innovative attempt to reconfigure dance for the digital age, Evidentia is a fantasy on the idea of movement put together by a number of directors and choreographers under the guidance of French ballerina Sylvie Guillem, consisting of five separate films. "Solo" is a study in improvised gesture, virtuosically danced by William Forsythe. "Blue Yellow" dwells on Guillem's poetic dance measures in a yellow studio, looking inward from the confines of a blue room. "Smoke" explores relationships in highly abstract terms, though the emotion-laden narrative unfolded by Guillem and Niklas Ek makes for truly "visceral visuals". "Movement" is even more oblique--indeed, its montage of documentary-cum-movie footage (everything from Paris riots to Buster Keaton) and studio trickery make for a film around rather than about movement. "In the Wind, There is Someone" is, again, a video composition rather than a dance work, the Paris Opera's scenery store providing an intriguing and characterful backdrop. The films are connected by Guillem's often fanciful narration, with rehearsal sequences evoking a Chanel commercial. On the DVD: Evidentia comes in Linear-PCM Stereo with English commentary only, while the 4:3 picture format switches between black and white and colour with vivid immediacy. The booklet contains a background feature in five European languages. --Richard Whitehouse

  • A Tribute To Alvin Ailey [1990] A Tribute To Alvin Ailey | DVD | (18/12/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The legendary American choreographer Alvin Ailey is the subject of this well-balanced Tribute. Three of the four dances--"For Bird with Love", "Witness" and "Memoria"--are Ailey's, and the programme concludes with Ulysses Dove's "Episodes". Each is eloquently introduced by Judith Jamison, and each demonstrates the joyous, affectionate atmosphere which Ailey's work always seemed to generate. "For Bird with Love", a dance interpretation of the life of the seminal jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, is probably the best known and best loved of the items presented here. Ailey always relied on an element of rather camp Broadway glitz to carry his ideas beyond the hardcore audience for modern dance, and much of the work presented here is closer to Cats than to Cunningham. Overall, though, these dances are superbly structured, graceful edifices which transcend their showbiz influences, and there are few examples of the craft that are so extrovertly welcoming to the viewer. --Roger Thomas

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This new staging of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from the Royal Swedish Ballet features a dance ensemble of breathtaking wonder in a majestic staging true to the values of the original production. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright has built up the role of Prince Siegfried, giving him a greater presence right from the beginning when he appears as a mourner at the funeral of his father. Sir Peter also emphasises the darker forces that will destroy the romance between the Prince and Odette, the swan transformed into a beautiful maiden. These touches are manifest through the granite-like grandeur of the castle exterior and the skilful deployment of chiaroscuro, notably in the scenes by the lake where the indigo and royal blue contrast with the brilliant white worn by the corps de ballet. There are many other imaginative touches in the choreography, from the swans' initial entry, seemingly self-propelled to suggest their airborne flight overhead, to the comical turn of the bandy legged cygnets in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Nathalie Nordquist is an enchanting Odette, and, with a slight change in makeup, a characterful Odile. The Prince, danced by Anders Nordstrom, cuts an aristocratic figure, making an elegant partner for Odette. The swans are the last word in poise and grace. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in 16:9 anamorphic format with the option of stereo or surround sound. The picture quality is first class with good front-to-back depth. The orchestra may not be the world's most glamorous but there's compensation in hearing this score played in the theatre acoustic for which it was written. The special features are just that: an audio commentary on the plot, a list of notable productions, an interview with the two principal dancers, a history of the Royal Swedish Ballet from Director Peter Jacobbson and, best of all, an interview of wisdom and insight from Sir Peter Wright, the choreographer, entitled "Love Transcends Death". --Adrian Edwards

  • Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian [1998] Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Nederlands Dans Theater Celebrates Jiri Kylian.Bella Figura - Nederlands Dans Theater I.Sleepless - Nederlands Dans Theater II.Birth-day Nederlands Dans Theater III.

  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [1989] Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003) from £12.73  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The first performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890 choreographed by the legendary ballet master Marius Petipa was doubtless the pinnacle of classic Russian ballet tradition.Tchaikovsky's score composed in 1889 was created based on a scenario from Petipa that took the composer's wishes into account from the outset. It was a 'number' ballet score which was a homage to the baroque 'ballet de cour.' The premiere of Sleeping Beauty was not gr

  • Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky [1989] Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £13.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (8.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet in Three Acts and a Prologue.

  • Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet [1974] Prokofiev - Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte [2002] Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quichotte | DVD | (03/03/2003) from £15.35  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Don Quichotte, composed by Ludwig Minkus for the Bolshoi in 1869, was relatively unknown in the West until Nureyev's new choreography--which naturally gave him centre stage as Basile--was introduced at the Vienna State Opera in 1966. A later production in 1981 forms the basis for this 2002 success by the Paris Opera. Don Quichotte is in some ways a misnomer for the ballet. Rather than being the dominant character, here the beloved hero of Cervantes' original novel and tilter at windmills is a catalyst for the troublesome events which beset the love story of Basile and Kitri. The dream in which the knight encounters the queen of the dryads becomes a glittering fault in the narrative. But there is no doubting the fluid delights of the pas de deux between Basile (Manual Legris) and Kitri (the enchanting Aurélie Dupont), always literally several steps ahead of their would-be romance spoilers, which rather overshadow the pathos of Jean-Marie Didière's Quichotte. Nureyev's triumph, though, remains the teeming ensemble dances that reaffirm the close marriage between Minkus's score and the unfolding drama, here immeasurably enhanced by Alexandre Beliaev's Goya-esque designs. Ermanno Florio's musical direction keeps the pace light and busy. On the DVD: Don Quichotte is presented in 16:9 video aspect ratio with a choice of stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (by far the best) soundtracks: the quality is all you'd expect of a standard modern television broadcast, although the subtleties of the theatrical lighting don't always shine through. Extras are limited to previews of other TDK releases. --Piers Ford

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