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  1. 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.
  2. If people might have found R & J difficult to follow - just try the Snow Queen! I had absolutely no idea who that little thief was, or why we found ourselves suddenly in a gipsy encampment. And why a circus in Act One? I stuck it out and rushed to Google the moment it was over. Maybe the BBC was the one at fault for not providing some sort of introduction - or maybe Scottish Ballet for not insisting. Apart from that, I quite enjoyed it!!
  3. before I get to the main point, a bit of complaining about the ROH shop: For my upcoming birthday on the 1st of June, I wanted to order from the ROH shop - a mix of a few items from the gift section and some ballet recordings on DVD. When I had my shopping cart ready, I learned that although it's been 18 months (!) since Brexit came into force on 01/01/2021, the ROH shop is still "currently unable to ship to EU countries". How is that possible? Does anyone here know who could be the best person to complain to about this? Even if I wasn't interested in ordering at all, this would still astound me. From small etsy shops to the big corporations, all UK businesses that I know managed to find a way to deal with Brexit within the first couple of weeks, 2-3 months max. So what is their excuse? all anger aside, I then started looking for alternatives to assure I'll at least get my DVDs in time for my birthday - the other items can of course not be easily replaced, but who knows, maybe I'll be in London again soon enough or they'll finally update their delivery policy. Until then, as an alternative, I came across the shop Presto Music, which seems to have a broad selection of ballet recordings from different companies. Has anyone here ordered from them before? How was the experience? Or can someone recommend another shop for EU countries? My second question would be: if you were to choose about 3-4 dvds (or dvd boxes) from the time period of the last 15-20 years, which would you pick? I was thinking of the following: ( but I'm not sure if these are really the best picks for these ballets?) Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Opus Arte: OA0995D - DVD Video | Presto Music (with Cojocaru, Nunez and Bonelli in main roles) Ludwig Minkus: La Bayadère - Opus Arte: OA1296D - DVD Video | Presto Music (Nunez, Muntagirov and Osipova in the leads) Ballet Spectacular - Opus Arte: OA1182BD - 3 DVD Videos | Presto Music (this contains La fille, Coppelia and Giselle, all from the era around 2005 with Acosta, Cojocaru etc. still at RB) The Art of Marius Petipa - Raymonda - Arthaus Musik: 109268 - DVD Video | Presto Music (at Teatro alla Scala, with Olesya Novikova and Friedemann Vogel) I'm unsure with Ballet Spectacular - at 38€ for 3 ballets it's a good price, but are these really the casts I want to have on DVD? For example I've heard great things about Osipova's Giselle, which is not included here.... Also I would like a Don Quixote in my collection, but was undecided which version. Also, does anyone have favourites when it comes to the Nutcracker?
  4. 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"
  5. 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?
  6. Sort of related to the probable impact of coronavirus (but I don't want to add this to the existing thread) on class availability. What book and DVD recommendations do we have to encourage practice at home?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.,,
  9. I did ask on another thread, but probably the wrong place! What DVD should I buy for the "definitive" Don Q?
  10. A question perhaps for the technies out there: If you record a TV (or radio) programme or similar onto a hard drive as an .mpg file, and then transfer it onto a DVD, will a TV DVD player be able to read it, or will you be doomed only ever to watch it on your laptop or whatever? And what happens if the file size exceeds the 4.7GB a DVD is capable of holding? Could you zip that and put it on a DVD so that you could transfer it elsewhere? Obviously you wouldn't be able to play it without extracting it to somewhere first. I suppose a large-capacity USB stick would be an option, and then I could plug it into my hard drive recorder and play it back from there. My mind's boggling at the options ...
  11. 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 : )
  12. 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.
  13. 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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