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Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002)
from £20.41 | Saving you £4.58 (18.30%) | RRP
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
Kirov Classics | DVD | (18/07/2000)
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A remarkable showcase of choreographic high points from some of the great ballets performed by members of Russia's famous Kirov Ballet. Many of the excerpts such as Petrushka and Brber's Adagio are choreographed by Oleg Vinogradov who has been Director of The Kirov Ballet since 1977.
Riverdance 2002 | DVD | (13/05/2002)
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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!
Giselle | DVD | (15/05/2000)
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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 | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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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 - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill | DVD | (12/07/2006)
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Three features from choreographer Christopher Bruce including: 'Silence Is The End Of Our Song (1983)' 'Rooster (1994)' and 'Swansong (1989)'.
Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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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.
Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra | DVD | (04/08/2008)
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Zeller - Der Vogelhandler (Ballet of Seefestspiele Morbisch) | DVD | (09/09/2013)
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Opera named Der Vogelhandler by Carl Zeller.
Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee | DVD | (10/04/2006)
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Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee (Lanchbery Wiener Symphoniker)
Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev) | DVD | (19/07/2004)
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TchaikovskyThe Sleeping BeautyBallet in Three ActsPrincess Aurora - Veronica TennantPrince Florimund - Rudolf NureyevKing Florestan - Charles KirbyThe Queen - Susan MenckCatalabutte - Simon SemonoffCarabosse - Celia FrancaThe Lilac Fairy - Kristine SoleriThe Bluebird - Frank AugustynPrincess Florine - Karen KainSoloists Artists and Orchestra of the National Ballet of CanadaGeorge Crum conductor
The Kirov Ballet - Celebrates Nijinsky | DVD | (10/07/2015)
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The Kirov Ballet Celebrates Nijinsky.Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov - SheherazadeCarl Maria von Weber - Le Spectre De La RoseAlexander Borodin - The Polovtsian DancesIgor Stravinsky - Firebird
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Nureyev) | Blu Ray | (02/06/2008)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake performed by Opera National de Paris and directed by Gerard Mortier.
Balanchine - Jewels (Ballet of the Opera National De Paris) | Blu Ray | (01/09/2008)
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George Balanchine's Jewels performed by Opera national de Paris and directed by Gerard Mortier.
Tchaikovsky Gala (Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker) Roberto Bolle / La Scala | Blu Ray | (24/11/2008)
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Burn The Floor | DVD | (19/05/2008)
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Conceived directed and choreographed by World Champion Ballroom dancer Jason Gilkison who choreographed the original 'Burn the Floor' which has been seen by over 3 million people worldwide. 'Floor Play' has been ten years in the making and features a hand picked cast of dancers.
Three By Rambert | DVD | (27/11/2006)
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Intimate PagesLonely Town, Lonely StreetSergeant Early's Dream
Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet | DVD | (24/03/2003)
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Moliere/Lully - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Dumestre) | DVD | (09/05/2011)
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: Comedie-ballet de Moliere & Lully