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  • The Best Of Riverdance The Best Of Riverdance | DVD | (14/11/2005) from £13.99  |  Saving you £-11.71 (-58.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade - in rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. See Riverdance journey from its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre Dublin with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall New York to its latest live recording in Geneva. With an international cast fea

  • Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill Christopher Bruce's Triple Bill | DVD | (12/07/2006) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

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

  • The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet [1988] The Video Dictionary Of Classical Ballet | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £29.83  |  Saving you £-9.38 (-40.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The is an essential visual reference of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in Ballet. Teachers and students will find this the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs this set includes over 800 variations in Russian French and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This programme demonstrates the complete language of ballet: Positions and Directions Barre Linking Steps Center Practice Pirouettes Adage Allegro Batterie Pointe Musical Enchainements. For easy reference a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide features four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre former principal dancer ABT) Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer The Royal Ballet) Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer New York City Ballet) and Denise Jackson (former principal dancer The Joffrey Ballet).

  • Three By Rambert [1986] Three By Rambert | DVD | (01/07/2002) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-12.38 (-61.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Rambert Dance Company first made its name in the 1920s for its creative melding of tradition and innovation. That tenet has remained central to the company's ethos and Three by Rambert showcases its particular strengths to great effect in three highly contrasting ballets. Musically, we have three utterly different scores: Janacek’s searing Second String Quartet (subtitled "Intimate Letters", from which the ballet adapts its name), the moody, evocative songs of Bill Withers and, finally, a medley of folk songs from various climes. Though stylistically at odds, all three explore the twin themes of desire and loss. The other link is that, heard in isolation, none of these pieces seems remotely danceable. It’s a tribute both to the choreography (Robert North in the jazz ballet "Lonely Town" , the company's artistic director Christopher Bruce in the remaining two) and to the dancers themselves that the results are so stunningly effortless. Time and again, you’re struck not simply by the liquid perfection of both solo and ensemble work, but by the directness of the physical language, and the depth of emotions expressed. A brilliant showcase for one of the cultural treasures of our age. On the DVD: Three by Rambert has good sound and excellent picture, with the 16:9 format doing full justice to the different visuals encapsulated by the three ballets. The booklet is useful for basic information, though more analysis of the works would have been helpful for non-experts. Rather than 14 minutes of trailers for other titles, an introduction to the work of the company, and maybe to the ballets themselves, would have been more helpful and user-friendly.--Harriet Smith

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet [1996] Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002) from £11.25  |  Saving you £-15.49 (-62.00%)  |  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

  • David Bintley's Hobson's Choice David Bintley's Hobson's Choice | DVD | (02/05/2006) from £35.62  |  Saving you £-10.63 (-42.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This special studio recording of David Bintley's three act ballet is an enchanting portrayal of life in a northern English town at the turn of the 19th century. It is based on Harold Brighouse's much-loved play of the same name.

  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [1989] Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet | DVD | (27/02/2003) from £35.62  |  Saving you £-10.63 (-42.50%)  |  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

  • The Nutcracker [1999] The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000) from £13.99  |  Saving you £-15.49 (-62.00%)  |  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

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD] Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream | HD DVD | (01/10/2007) from £48.58  |  Saving you £-18.59 (-62.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A Midsummer Night's Dream- Ballet in Two Acts and Six Scenes.

  • Sleeping Beauty [1999] Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (05/04/2000) from £35.62  |  Saving you £-10.63 (-42.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is here transformed by the masterful contemporary choreographer Mats Ek into an allegory of repression, love and emotional maturity set in a bleak, stylised postmodern limbo which is both chilling and, just occasionally, bleakly humorous. Traditionalists may be flinching already, but this is a ballet which has always lent itself to this kind of treatment. Indeed, what many will think of as the "traditional" interpretation is in fact Diaghilev's forward-looking production of 1921, which had sets and costumes by Bakst and re-instrumentation by Stravinsky. Ek's Princess inhabits a world seemingly out of Fritz Lang, where Carabosse is a drug-dealing low-life and the Fairies are a gaggle of sneering girlies. Ek removes his work from the classical tradition to a large degree, but what goes in its place is a highly disciplined yet tactile and gut-wrenchingly emotive approach, conveying both the external and internal narratives of the work with unfailing conviction. --Roger Thomas

  • Trockadero Ballet 1 [2001] Trockadero Ballet 1 | DVD | (07/01/2002) from £31.70  |  Saving you £-11.71 (-58.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The all-male dance company entertain with a number of familiar works performed in their unique style and filmed live at La Maison De La Danse Lyon. The programme includes: 'Swan Lake - Act II' 'The Dying Swan' 'Raymonda's Wedding' 'Go For Barocco' and 'Le Corsaire (Pas De Deux)'.

  • La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet La Fille Du Pharaon - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet | DVD | (24/01/2004) from £37.23  |  Saving you £-14.24 (-61.90%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Pugny / Lacotte: The Pharoah's Daughter

  • Three By Duato [2000] Three By Duato | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Under the artistic directorship of Nacho Duato the Compania Nacional de Danza has developed it's own distinctive style mixing classical and contemporary idioms and has become on of the most accomplished and entertaining dance ensembles in Europe. Duato's inventive choreography is earthy sensual and emotive and demands high levels of physical energy.

  • Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet [2002] Excelsior -- La Scala Ballet | DVD | (24/03/2003) from £39.63  |  Saving you £-14.64 (-58.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Manzotti: Excelsior

  • Swan Lake [1990] Swan Lake | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)  |  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.

  • American Ballet Theatre Now [1978] American Ballet Theatre Now | DVD | (08/03/2001) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    America's leading ballet soloists display highlights from their repertoire.

  • Tango Fatal [2006] Tango Fatal | DVD | (18/09/2006) from £32.37  |  Saving you £-7.38 (-29.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A dramatic and imaginative film portrayed through the language of dance. Combining a large ensemble cast provocative costumes sensual movements and enchanted music Tango Fatal takes us into the underworld of Buenos Aires thrilling our senses with the culture of Tango.With a Grammy Award soundtrack by renowned composer Carlos Frenzetti and original choreography by Carlos Capello Tango Fatal sizzles with the spicy flavours of South America. Both a celebration of Tango culture and a story told through it this state of the art production ignites the passion of the Tango in every audience.

  • Clavigo [1999] Clavigo | DVD | (20/08/2004) from £39.63  |  Saving you £-14.64 (-58.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Ballet in two parts after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.Clavigo - Nicolas Le Riche.Marie - Clairemarie Osta.The Stranger - Marie-Agnes Gillot.Carlos - Yann Bridard.Beaumarchais - Yann Saiz.A stage performance by the Opera National de Paris.

  • Making Ballet, Karen Kain & The National Ballet Of Canada Making Ballet, Karen Kain & The National Ballet Of Canada | DVD | (24/07/2006) from £11.17  |  Saving you £8.14 (32.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Making Ballet

  • Songs Of The Wanderers [1999] Songs Of The Wanderers | DVD | (04/01/2001) from £21.36  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Cloud gate Dance theatre of Taiwan presents, 'Songs Of The Wanderers'.

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