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  1. Most seem to come out in both formats. I can't think of any that are blu ray only. The more recent Mariinsky ones come with both DVD and blu ray (my Romeo and Juliet came in that dual format and I gave the DVD to a friend) in the way many Bfi releases do. A smaller number come out in DVD format only - presumably where the footage is older and not amenable to/of high enough quality for the blu ray format (for example, most of the Bejart discs, although the Beethoven 9 came in both formats).
  2. The Cranko is on Amazon UK available for pre-order although hard to find (you need to search "John Cranko blu ray" as the product page doesn't have Romeo and Juliet in the name). Also easier to see here: https://www.mdt.co.uk/prokofiev-john-crankos-romeo-and-james-tuggle-c-major-bluray-1.html
  3. Looks like two more ballet releases are coming up. A new recording of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" on August 31st https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FS6YQ53/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A recording of Paris Opera Ballet dancing Alexander Ekman's "Play" on September 14th https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FSFPF9P/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. Isn't Brexit likely to help non-EEA nationals on this front? It should level the playing field, so EEA nationals are not privileged over people from the rest of the world. FATCA shouldn't be a real problem for anyone who isn't trying to hide money from the taxman.
  5. On March 10th C-Major are releasing a Blu Ray and DVD of Helgi Tomasson's Romeo and Juliet with Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan dancing the leads. It is available for pre-order on Amazon. Has anyone seen the Tomasson production and have a view on it?
  6. Agreed, and you can also find them on the Barbican website. https://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing/performancelist.asp?shoID=40590&q=799f3a2c-3eac-4987-98e9-4d4a7b7673ec&p=3ae9e8b9-9e95-4fa8-99ce-369975975f4e&ts=1484785975&c=barbican&e=barbicanqueue19&rt=Safetynet&h=6df309543f72e77f4c37e1f6130cc301
  7. Another upcoming release is what looks like a 90th birthday documentary on Yuri Grigorovich called "The Golden Age: the Life and Art of the Bolshoi's controversial choreographer". No further details - Bel Air Classiques just posted on their Instagram feed that this was "coming soon" on dvd. Might be interesting.
  8. A dvd of a documentary about Millepied's creation of Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward on Paris Opera Ballet (I believe it was the first new ballet he created on them as director of dance) is now available for pre-order on Amazon and it looks like the film may be showing in some cinemas as there have a been a few recent newspaper reviews. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01K297J8O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE I think a non-subtitled dvd of this is already available in France as it was in the Paris Opera shop (named Releve) when I was there a couple of weeks ago.
  9. I think the concours relates to promotion as high as Premier Danseur only. So it was his already announced promotion to Premier Danseur (announced early November, but presumably to be effective on January 1, 2017, as he is still listed as a Sujet on the website?) he won at that stage. I believe promotion to Etoile is unrelated to the concours and is effectively in the sole discretion of Dupont (technically I think she has to recommend it to the Director of the Paris Opera and he makes the promotion), so I assume that while she would have decided on the promotion and discussed it with Stephane Lissner beforehand, she would have pulled the trigger only when the performance had been seen to go well. Given that Paquette and Pagliero are already Etoiles, as soon as Lissner and Dupont appeared on stage there presumably wasn't much doubt that Louvet was about to get promoted.
  10. I am going to give it a go and just pray that she makes better choices of rep than Osipova/Vasiliev/Polunin/Vishneva have done on similar projects in the last few years.
  11. The chances of POB dancers showing may be good, as I believe some are participating in the McGregor Tree of Codes performances at Sadler's Wells and those seem to end on the saturday evening before the gala. Of course it depends on the Parisian gala participants also being involved in Tree of Codes.
  12. It (Frankenstein) is now on the ROH shop website for pre-order with a January 27 release date. Can't see it on Amazon yet.
  13. The BBC programme Nureyev - Dance to Freedom with Artem Ovcharenko is coming out on DVD on October 31st. Is available for pre-order on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nureyev-Dance-Freedom-Based-Nominated/dp/B01H07BR3E/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1477096414&sr=1-1&keywords=Artem+Ovcharenko
  14. They do regularly discount Opus Arte discs. They have already done so with Rhapsody and Two Pigeons - my Blu-Ray arrived this morning and had £5 off, although the price has temporarily returned to full price today; it will undoubtedly come down under £20 from time time (although I don't think I have seen them go much under £16). Especially if you have Prime and don't have to have the disc the day it comes out, I think it is much cheaper to get them from Amazon than through the ROH shop (even if you have a friends discount).
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