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  • Evidentia [1995] Evidentia | DVD | (23/09/1996) from £12.83  |  Saving you £5.16 (28.70%)  |  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

  • 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)

  • How To Be A Ballet Dancer How To Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Every young girl loves ballet! It's every young girl's dream to be a ballet dancer and this magical DVD will show them how. Instructional and enjoyable this delightful production contains sections for those who want to practice ballet and home and for those who just wish to watch!

  • Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Valery Gergiev - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £9.44  |  Saving you £10.55 (52.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A magical new version of a much loved classic. Filmed in The Mariinsky Theatre St.Petersburg where it was first performed in 1892. Following Decca's beautiful Swan Lake comes another outstanding production on DVD from the Mariinsky Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker yet a Nutcracker with a twist. The 'adult' Nutcracker. Worlds away from the traditional and warm versions popular at Christmas this unconventional production reinterpreted by Russian emigre and world-renowned avantgarde artist Mikhail Shemiakin is surreal and at times disturbing making this DVD an unusual but essential part of any ballet lover's collection. Shemiakin also designs the eye-catching costumes and startling staging. Two of the Mariinsky's young stars Leonid Sarafanov and Irina Golub dance the main roles. Despite the startling aspects of this production none of the spectacle and awe-inspiring quality of their dancing is lost. Valery Gergiev conducts a complete and un-cut version of Tchaikovsky's popular and much-loved score.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (02/01/2007) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Agnes Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, Jose Martinez, a convincing, pale vulnerable Prince Siegfried, and Karl Paguette, doubling as a dutiful Wolfgang and an equally devious Rothbart, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream' version of Swan Lake, Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's lyrical ballet, far from being a cliched stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an expose of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions. Under the inspired and clear-cut musical direction of Vello Pahn, this production of one of the jewels of the Paris Opera Ballet's repertoire brilliantly displays the meticulous precision, technical prowess and pure, unmanbnered style of the company's unrivalled female corps de ballet, eliciting an ethereal, intense beauty, captured for DVD in High Definition video and superb surround sound.

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £35.31  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  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

  • The Bolshoi Ballet 2 The Bolshoi Ballet 2 | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £24.24  |  Saving you £8.70 (21.80%)  |  RRP £39.99

    The Bolshoi Ballet 2 contains performances of:- Ivan The Terrible- The Stone Flower- Spartacus- RaymondaPerformances recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre, 1989, 1990.

  • The Stone Flower - Prokofiev The Stone Flower - Prokofiev | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £5.44  |  Saving you £1.84 (12.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    First performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1954 this ballet draws on the rich heritage of Russian folklore to tell the tale of the young stonemason Danila who must choose between his village sweetheart Katerina and a magical temptress. It is based on fairy tales from the Urals collected by Pavel Bazhov and set in the middle of the 19th century.In Stone Flower you can feel Prokofiev's resignation after the hard struggle with the political situation but nevertheless he hasn't lost his brilliance and the music of his last ballet still is full of catchy tunes and joyousness.However with the completion of his composition it took four years before it received its premiere in Moscow and was not a great success at all. It was only three years later with the choreography of Yuri Grigorovich that Prokofiev's Stone Flower finally come to a glorious resurrection. The young choreographer simplified the story and focussed on nothing but the dance. The ballet became his first major success. The presented version shows a reproduction of this choreography from 1957 which has become immortal.

  • Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949 Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi Jeanmaire using the Bizet score.Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had approached Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet based on Bizet and scored only for strings and percussion instruments was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and in its theatricality a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story deeply symbolic and overtly sensual premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20 1967.

  • Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) [1982] Gavrilin/Maximova/Vasiliev - Anyuta Ballet (Bolshoi Ballet) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £19.15  |  Saving you £3.84 (16.70%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Picasso And Dance - Paris Opera Ballet Picasso And Dance - Paris Opera Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Between 1917 and 1962 Picasso was involved in creating the designs for nine ballets. Le Train Bleu dates from 1924 and Le Tricorne from 1919. These two historic ballets created originally by Sergei Diaghilev have been revived by the Paris Opera Ballet.

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet [1996] Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002) from £20.41  |  Saving you £4.58 (18.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Two very different Stravinsky ballets are here presented by The Royal Ballet: the traditional, colourful designs perfectly suit the opulence of The Firebird, contrasting with the later, more austere, ritualistic scoring and choreography of Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Firebird is a traditional fairytale: the Prince gets his girl (a princess, naturally), with a little help from a magical Firebird, by defeating the evil Kostchei, who's holding the Princess and her fellow maidens captive. The devil notoriously gets all the best tunes, and with the riveting presence of David Drew's Kostchei it's apparent that baddies get the best moves in dance, too. Leanne Benjamin is an immensely athletic Firebird and Jonathan Cope, as the Prince, dances with style and personality. Les Noces is, by contrast, a genuine ensemble piece, with the principals (the bride and groom) being almost less important than the corps de ballet itself. There are a few moments of less-than-perfect ensemble here, but these pale into insignificance in the face of the raw power of Stravinsky's angular music (scored for four pianos, percussion and chorus with solo voices). A third item finds Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in his own Firebird Suite. The date was 1965 and he was a frail 83 at the time, but the concentration of the reading is compelling, as is his own stern visage, only breaking into a smile at the very end of the performance. This is an excellent filler for a first-rate ballet release. On the DVD: The Firebird & Les Noces on this disc are presented with terrific technical values, both visually and in sound quality (the Stravinsky archive performance is in mono, however, but it's perfectly respectable). This is a real feast for the eye, backed up by solid documentation in the booklet and excellent additional features--David Drew's arch and entertaining "Nijinska's World" and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage--that will appeal to both seasoned ballet fans and those who are new to the art form. --Harriet Smith

  • The Sleeping Beauty [2000] The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (02/10/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Recorded live at The Victorian Arts Centre by the Australian Ballet Company this ballet tells the story of Princess Aurora who is put to sleep for one hundred years by the wicked Fairy Carabosse.

  • Khachaturian: Spartacus [Blu-ray] Khachaturian: Spartacus | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008) from £18.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (15.20%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Aram Khachaturian's Spartacvu The Bolshoi Ballet. Performed by Soloists and Corps de ballet of The Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia.

  • Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) | DVD | (09/09/2013) from £18.76  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Opera named Der Vogelhandler by Carl Zeller.

  • Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) Adam - Giselle (American Ballet Theatre) | DVD | (11/07/2005) from £16.65  |  Saving you £3.34 (16.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap [1976] Baryshnikov Live At Wolf Trap | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £16.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £16.99

  • Swan Lake [1990] Swan Lake | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Natalia Makarova one of the most important interpreters of the classical ballet repertoire in the twentieth century has also had great success as a producer.Makarova's staging of Swan Lake is based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by the late Sir Frederick Ashton.Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss are stunning as Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried in this studio recording. Leanne Benjamin is a treat a one of the 'pas de quatres'.Makarova's innovative interpretation presents the work as a story of perfect and eternal love.The stage design by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen does not use scenery to communicate changes of place and mood but back projections (blue laser to indicate water for example) which are extremely effective for creating a mysterious magical atmosphere.

  • The Red Army Choir Orchestra And Dance Ensemble - Live In Paris The Red Army Choir Orchestra And Dance Ensemble - Live In Paris | DVD | (07/03/2005) from £14.45  |  Saving you £1.54 (9.60%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Tracklistinig: 1. Titles 2. Russian National Anthem 3. Oh Fields My Fields (Song of the Plains) 4. Sacred War 5. In the Sunny Clearing 6. Kalinka 7. Cossack Dance 8. We Sing to Thee 9. On the Road (A Soldier's Song) 10. Smuglianka 11. Partisan's Song 12. Along the Peterskaya Raod 13. Dark Eyes 14. Navy Dance 15. Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (From Nabucco) 16. Bandit's Chorus (From Ernani) 17. Spanish Medley: Amapola/Valencia/Granada 18. Zaporogue's Cossacks 19. Excerpt from ""Bo

  • Mozart: The Great Mass [2005] Mozart: The Great Mass | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £9.60  |  Saving you £15.39 (61.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

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

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