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  • La Fille Mal Gardee [1981] La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (23/02/1998) from £13.57  |  Saving you £4.42 (24.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    La Fille Mal Gardée ("The Unguarded Maiden"), perhaps the best-known work of composer Ferdinand Hérold, is here presented in a Royal Ballet production freely adapted, arranged and conducted by John Lanchbery. The unquestioned centre of attention is Royal Ballet superstar Lesley Collier who plays Lise, the beautiful farm girl whom her widowed mother (Brian Shaw) plans to marry to the eligible Alain (Garry Grant) despite Lise's love for young farmer Colas (Michael Coleman). This is a colourful pastoral romp with pause for tender and lyrical moments and plentiful opportunities for Collier to enchant her many admirers. Royal Ballet principal conductor Lanchbery--himself composer of the well-loved Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971)--brings all his flair for this sort of carefree entertainment to play and the result is delightful. Filmed for BBC television at Covent Garden in January 1981, the witty, energetic and romantic choreography is by Frederick Ashton (his dancing chickens are hilarious, as is Shaw's "clog dance" in Act Two) and the stage design by Osbert Lancaster, whose legacy adds charm to a much more recent BBC Royal Ballet film of Coppélia (2000). Hérold's score is filled with playfulness, melody and laughter, making this a very superior pantomime. --Gary S. Dalkin On the DVD: Presented at the original 4:3 TV ratio, the focus is soft throughout and details lacking in long shots are reduced to a formless blur. The image looks washed-out, with colours missing any sparkle or depth. The live stereo sound is much better, being detailed, full, and free of the hiss one might expect from a TV soundtrack of this vintage. The disc offers one page of credits, a three-page synopsis and a web link. The drab black and white booklet repeats this information in more detail in various languages, but offers nothing on the performers, composer or conductor. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 Classical Ballet 2 - From Dream To Reality - The Dancing Lesson Years 1 And 2 | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Chloe's dream is coming true. The ballerina of her imagination has magically appeared and is going to introduce her to classical ballet. Chloe is going to start her training by taking part in a dance lesson. This programme is divided into four main parts: Barre Exercises Centre Work The Enchainement The Reverence (Acknowledgement) You will then find a retrospective - The development of classical ballet up to the neo-classical style. At the end of the DVD you will discove

  • You Can Be A Ballet Dancer You Can Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £4.08  |  Saving you £1.91 (31.90%)  |  RRP £5.99

    An instructional film for children interested in beginning ballet The film follows the basic steps for absolute beginners and takes you right through to preparing for your 'presentation class'.

  • Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games [Blu-ray] Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games | Blu Ray | (24/11/2014) from £14.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (25.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece; a magical adventure of sight and sound that transports its audience to a mythical time and place lifting the spirits and capturing the hearts of all who experience it. Based on Irish folklore this classic tale of Good vs. Evil expressed through the universal language of dance has thrilled audience's worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world's most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance!

  • Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake [1996] Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake | DVD | (20/07/1998) from £9.80  |  Saving you £8.19 (45.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This Swan Lake was the unexpected popular hit of 1996, when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect. Seldom have the dark psychological riptides at the heart of so many classical ballets been so brilliantly exposed. The Prince (Scott Ambler) is a wretched and dissolute young man dominated by his mother, the Joan Collins-like Queen (Fiona Ambler). Shades of Tennessee Williams, indeed. Von Rothbart becomes a press secretary, more sinister éminence grise than hissable villain. Most startling of all, The Swan (Adam Cooper) is a muscular, emphatically masculine male. Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. And indeed this is never an overtly "gay" Swan Lake, although the electricity of the pas de deux at the height of Act 2 delivers a palpably homoerotic charge. Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place. Swan Lake becomes a human, rather than simply romantic, tragedy. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in full screen 4:3 video format and this version would certainly have benefited from widescreen to show off the dazzling court and night club scenes as well as the lake and the impact of the all-male swan corps de ballet. But the lush Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound serves the rich interpretation of Tchaikovsky's score from The New London Orchestra to handkerchief-wringing effect. Extras include menu-driven resumes and a synopsis. --Piers Ford

  • Les Sylphides / Soloists Classique Les Sylphides / Soloists Classique | DVD | (27/09/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £28.99

    Les Sylphides: A performance of the ballet by the Bolshoi Ballet Company with choreography by Mikhael Fokine. Soloists: Two celebrated stars of the Bolshoi Timofeyeva and Lavrosky perform in a series of ballet shorts including: 'The Dying Swan' 'Adabio' and 'Pas De Deux Classique'.

  • Giselle Giselle | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £10.32  |  Saving you £4.67 (31.20%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Adam: Giselle (Smith The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra)

  • Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere [2004] Bellydance Superstars At The Folies Bergere | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £13.16  |  Saving you £2.83 (17.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Features footage of some of the finest bellydancers in the world performing in Paris in October 2004. Set List: 1. Entrance Of The Stars 2. Tabi Tabi - Ansuya 3. Lailet Hob - Bellyqueen Amar Gamal and Kaeshi 4. Armut Agaci - Tribes Of Persopolis 5. Art Of The Drum Solo - Sonia & Issam Houshan 6. Raks Bedeya - Egyptian Nights 7. Ajaja - Petite Jamilla 8. Nataraja - Bombay Bellywood 9. Tin Tin - Amar Gamal 10. 'No Title' - Life Liberty and The Pursuit Of Rhythm 11.

  • Carmen Flamenco [1992] Carmen Flamenco | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £17.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Based on the story and music of Bizet's masterpiece Carmen Spanish choreographer Rafael Aguilar has created a fascinating erotic dance drama that fuses the expressionism of modern ballet with traditional Spanish dance. The audience itself is drawn into a maelstrom of emotions: a hot mixture of flamenco and bolero with subliminal dance scenes and sensual choreography. Using these elements in Carmen Flamenco Aguilar has created a timeless piece of dance drama that sets him apart f

  • George Balanchine's Jewels George Balanchine's Jewels | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £9.50  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Faure / Stravinsky /Tchaikovsky: Jewels Joyaux

  • 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

  • Ballet Dance For Adult Beginners Ballet Dance For Adult Beginners | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    If you have always wanted to try ballet but have never had the courage to give it a go this class will prove to you that not only can ballet be easy to follow and learn but that it is an amazing form of physical exercise toning the muscles and helping you find balance strength and stamina. Using a wide range of musical styles teacher Deborah Sims clearly demonstrates each individual step.

  • Ballet Classics Ballet Classics | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £5.95  |  Saving you £4.79 (32.00%)  |  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.

  • Giselle [1996] [1969] Giselle | DVD | (15/05/2000) from £11.91  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Alolphe Adam's Giselle is the first of the great classical ballets and this production was choreographed by Patrice Bart and filmed at La Scala in Milan.

  • New York City Ballet Workout [2000] New York City Ballet Workout | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £16.97  |  Saving you £1.02 (5.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The New York City Ballet Workout routine was developed by Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet along with the New York Sports Club. If you envy the ballet dancer's long, lean body and graceful, elegant movements, then this beautifully produced video is for you. First watch the rippling muscles of four gorgeous ballet dancers (two bare-midriffed women and two bare-chested men) performing the warm-up moves to classical ballet music, while Martins narrates: no ballet technique is taught, so it's look-and-follow if you have no previous ballet training. Then get down on a mat for slow lower-body stretches. A difficult abdominal series is next, followed by "floor barre" exercises to tone the thighs and buttocks while still using the abdominals, then moves to strengthen the back and upper body. Next is a series of standing exercise segments using various ballet movements to strengthen the legs and postural/balance muscles. The workout is divided into 17 short sections, which may give it a disjointed feeling if you're used to more continuity. At the end is a bonus sequence with profiles of the four performers, all dancers with the New York City Ballet. We get to watch them performing, practicing, and eating. One dancer makes the point that ballet is very athletic, but because it's supposed to look ethereal, the hard work stays hidden from the audience. If you love ballet (even just watching it), you'll enjoy this workout. (By the way, Sarah Jessica Parker introduces the video, but does not have any other role in it.) --Joan Price, Amazon.com

  • Michael Flatley - Celtic Tiger Michael Flatley - Celtic Tiger | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £2.86  |  Saving you £18.64 (84.80%)  |  RRP £21.99

    The international acclaimed master of dance Michael Flatley returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new 90 minute dance spectacular Celtic Tiger. With his unrivalled skill and artistry Flatley ignites the world of dance once again with a bold dramatic and daring production which fuses the spirit of Ireland with its history with dance and music. The result is an epic masterpiece in which Irish dance is delivered as a dynamic and powerful art form. Perfromance list: Act I: 1.The Heartbeat of the Tiger 2.Dancing in the Dark 3.St Patrick 4.The Sleeping Tiger 5.The Vikings 6.Celtic Fire 7.The Garden of Eden 8.The Red Coats 9.The Famine 10.Four Green Fields 11.Bloody Sunday 12.A Call to Arms 13.The 1916 Rising 14.The Banshee 15.A Nation Once Again Act Two: 1.Freedom 2.A New World 3.The Lost Rose 5.Celtic Kittens 6.Capone 7.Forever Free 8.Cowboy Cheerleaders 9.These Colours Don't Run 10.Yankee Doodle Dandy 11.Celtic Fire II 12.The Celtic Tiger

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (20/02/2008) from £7.15  |  Saving you £-3.16 (-79.20%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake - a ballet in 4 acts.

  • Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill | DVD | (12/07/2006) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Three features from choreographer Christopher Bruce including: 'Silence Is The End Of Our Song (1983)' 'Rooster (1994)' and 'Swansong (1989)'.

  • Swan Lake - Kirov Ballet Swan Lake - Kirov Ballet | DVD | (26/06/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This classic Kirov production of Swan Lake by Oleg Vinogradov filmed at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in December 1990 includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette. Yulia Makhalina stars as Odette/Odile and Igor Zelensky now an international star is Prince Siegfried.

  • 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.

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