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  1. I thought I might as well make a general thread for these occasional emails from Dance Books, so here's the latest one: "We are happy to announce a reprint of Cyril Beaumont's 'The Diaghilev Ballet in London', a vivid recollection of performances seen and friendships forged with company members. And a recent warehouse tidy has revealed a stock of new copies of Maurice Leonard's hardback biography of Alicia Markova, listed at £20 whch we're happy to order for just £4.99. You'll find full details and ordering facilities on our web site, www.dancebooks.co.uk Finally, we're auctioning a collection of ephemera from days gone by on ebay, with new items constantly added. At the time of writing items on offer include material relating to Diaghilev, Massine, Karsavina, Pavlova, Nureyev and others. Details at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/araf22/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=3&_rdc=1"
  2. I keep a close eye on DVD/Blu ray releases and I keep meaning to share them here. Amazon UK (other sites are available) have a number of upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases available for pre-order: The Merry Widow, National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain/John Meehan/Raymond Smith/Yoko Ichino. This was previously available on VHS but think it's the first time it's been released on disc. DVD Blu-ray Caravaggio Special Edition, Staatsballet Berlin, Vladimir Malakhov/Polina Semionova. Looks like a re-issue of the 2009 release, with the addition of an audio CD. DVD Blu-ray Napoli, Royal Danish Ballet, Alexandra Lo Sardo/Alban Lendorf/Benjamen Buza. A new staging by Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund. DVD Blu-ray Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Diana Vishneva/Vladimir Shklyarov. This is the Ratmansky version, interestingly it looks like this is only going to be released as a DVD/Blu-ray combi pack. DVD + Blu-ray All due for release on 25th September except Cinderella which is 2nd October.
  3. I suspect the answer to this is going to be "no", but my daughter is reading Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" and hasn't yet been able to see a performance of Cranko's ballet. She was away when RB last performed it in 2015 (?) and too young for it prior to that. I know the Tchaikovsky opera is widely available on DVD but apart from excerpts of and interviews about the ballet on Youtube, there doesn't seem to be a recording of the full ballet available anywhere. Nor does the RB or any other company seem likely to stage the ballet in the UK this year or next. Am I remembering correctly that there isn't a DVD of the full ballet in existence?
  4. Thought we might as well use the Poll feature for a change! I'm thinking probably the Rojo/Streeter/Corrales/Quagebeur cast, but open to alternatives. All views welcome, no included, so as to get an accurate idea of potential interest. You can add any comments below.
  5. Really enjoyed watching Dances at a Gathering on World Ballet Day, followed by a brief mention at the Robbins/Balanchine Insight at ROH earlier this week. I have been trying to find a copy on DVD/Bluray and one does exist, it’s just near impossible to get hold of. The Paris Opera Ballet have a version from 2014 with Ratamansky’s Psyche but it doesn’t seem to be available in the UK and the Paris Opera shop won’t ship to the UK! Does anyone have any leads in terms of where o could get this? I know the dances are available on YouTube but would like to watch it as it is supposed to be performed.,,
  6. I did ask on another thread, but probably the wrong place! What DVD should I buy for the "definitive" Don Q?
  7. I have two DVDs for sale, Don Quixote & Romeo and Juliet both performed by the Royal Ballet. The Romeo and Juliet is a 2012 performance with Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli, and the Don Quixote is a 2013 performance with Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta. They were bought new from the Royal Opera House shop and cost £16.99 & £24.99 respectively - I'm selling them as I'm starting uni and need to save up some money! I'd like £8 for Romeo & Juliet (plus postage) £12 for Don Quixote (plus postage) Postage will be combined if you'd like to buy both! Thanks : )
  8. This is part of an email I've received from Dance Books, which I thought might be of interest: "We've also had a delivery of modern dance DVDs produced by Dance Horizons. Most of the recordings are old, sometimes as many as 40 or 50 years, so by today's standards the picture quality is poor. But if you can cope with this there are some fascinating things included, both performance, technique, and interviews, with such great luminaries of the 20th century dance world as Doris Humphrey, Murray Louis, Mary Wigman, Isadora Duncan, Hanya Holm, Charles Weidman, Anna Sokolow, Erick Hawkins. You'll find details of these and other modern dance DVDs at http://www.dancebooks.co.uk/dvds-videos-dvds-modern-dance-c-1_2.html" Sounds fascinating.
  9. While watching "The Four Temperaments" last night, it struck me once again just how few of Balanchine's works have made it to DVD. Sure, a few of his full-length works are available - Midsummer Night's Dream, Nutcracker and Diamonds spring to mind - but as regards his shorter works, it's very few. The main output is those TV recordings from, I think, the 1970s (or possibly 80s?), but there's no Serenade, no Apollo that I'm aware of ... It surely can't be down to lack of demand. Is the Balanchine Trust resistant to producing DVDs, perhaps, or NYCB?
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