Release Date: March 5, 2013
Anna Pavlova is a legendary ballerina. Originally from the Imperial Russian Ballet, she performed to great acclaim in Europe for various impresarios at the beginning of the 20th century including Sergei Diaghalev creator of the famous Ballets Russes. Anna Pavlova formed her own dance company in 1912 and based herself in London at Ivy House, Hampstead This book celebrates the centenary of Anna Pavlova's residency at Ivy House, Hampstead, which became her home base from 1912 until her death in 1931. The book presents a lively outline of her career, focusing on her contribution to the ballet scene in Britain.
Release Date: December 25, 2012
A unique memoir about ballet, World War II, and a peerless group of dancers, this is an irresistible read for all ballet lovers
Gillian Lynne is one of the world's preeminent choreographers, but she started her career as a ballerina, learning to dance alongside Margot Fonteyn during World War II, and here is the story of her extraordinary childhood. From Miss Madeleine Sharp's Ballet Class for Young Ladies in Bromley to being evacuated with her theater school to a crumbling pile in rural Leicestershire, and from performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling to touring a devastated Europe to entertain the troops, the early years were hard, exciting, and dramatic. And when the call came to join Sadler's Wells—well, what ballerina hopeful could have asked for more? An irresistible mix of wartime nostalgia and the story of a leading ballerina's hard-won path to success, this is the perfect read for all ballet lovers, and is illustrated throughout with exquisitely charming black-and-white photos, programs, and keepsakes.
Publication Date: November 30, 2012
Tatiana Leskova was born in Paris, where she studied with Lubov Egorova and other former Imperial Russian ballerinas. She joined the Ballet de la Jeunesse then, at the age of sixteen, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. She remained with the company, travelling to South America and settling in Brazil in 1945. In 1950 she joined Teatro Municipal, going on to become a principal dancer, ballet mistress and artistic director. In her ongoing freelance career, Leskova has continued to revive signature works by Leonide Massine created for the Ballets Russes. She staged Choreartium for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1991, and Les Presages for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1989, for the Joffrey Ballet in 1994, and for the Australian Ballet in 2007.
Publication Date: November 28, 2012
Swans of the Kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse at the collision of art and politics during the volatile first fifty years of the Soviet period. Ezrahi shows how the producers and performers of Russia’s two major troupes, the Mariinsky (later Kirov) and the Bolshoi, quietly but effectively resisted Soviet cultural hegemony during this period. Despite all controls put on them, they managed to maintain the classical forms and traditions of their rich artistic past and to further develop their art form. These aesthetic and professional standards proved to be the power behind the ballet’s worldwide appeal. The troupes soon became the showpiece of Soviet cultural achievement, as they captivated Western audiences during the Cold War period.
This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.
Part of the legacy left by the great Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher August Bournonville (1805-1879)was a series of six complete classes, one for every day of the dancer's working week. These classes, which form the basis of the Bournonville style, and which are still part of the training programme of the Royal Danish Ballet, are here published for the first time, edited and with a detailed commentary by the Bournonville expert Kirsten Ralov. The Bournonville School was the first work to compile and preserve Bournonville's complete classroom teachings. As such, it is of great value not only to teachers and students wishing to make use of this valuable heritage, but to all those with an interest in the history and development of classical ballet technique.
Ninette de Valois was gifted with myriad talents. To summarise these as dancer, choreographer, artistic director and theatre administrator tells only a fraction of her story. It has required a wealth of writers, teachers, performers, colleagues, one-time students and collaborators to come together to engage with and celebrate the complexity of this remarkable woman. More details in her portrait may be gleaned from the titles of the sections into which the volume has been divided: Biography; Teaching; Wordsmith; Company; Turkey; Choreography; Collaborations; Herself. Yet these headings merely intimate the strengths of her private inner resources (her acumen, astounding foresight, dedication, daring) and the diversity of her public achievements, the realising and the steady but relentless expanding of her vision both for a company and of the potentials of dance as an art-form. Determining those strengths and that diversity is the objective of Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist. Writing alone, however brilliant the description or the analysis, cannot hope fully to capture the vitality of theatrical performance or the rigours of the training and rehearsal schedules that underpin its virtuosity. To help remedy this lack, the text of the book includes more than fifty photographs and a DVD, offering more than four hours of filmed material of archival value and importance to complement the written word. One intention in devising this volume has been to provide a substantial resource to assist future exploration of de Valois' life and work and appendices outline the contents of the major collections housing materials relevant to further study. The many essays here pursue divergent approaches and encompass contrasting viewpoints. But it is without question that de Valois' unparalleled success derived from her unshaken faith that ballet in its training methods and its repertoire must be both fearlessly adventurous and confidently traditionalist.
Sweden has a long theatrical history – often at the whim of the reigning monarch. It did produce many stars, who unfortunately choose to take their talents elsewhere. Charles Louis Didelot, Marie Taglioni, Pehr Christian Johansson, Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson were all born in Sweden, but became famous abroad. Swedish writer Pamela Moberg tell us about them in her new book "The History of Theatre and Dance in Sweden 1600-1900".
Publication Date: March 4, 2013
Daria Klimentova has been one of Britain's best-loved ballerinas for two decades, having danced at Scottish Ballet and then - since 1996 - as a Principal and Senior Principal at English National Ballet. Her repertory encompasses all of ballet's classic roles including the double role or Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Her performances as the white and black swan at the Royal Albert Hall were the subject of a behind-the-scenes BBC Documentary in 2011. Daria was born in the former Czechoslovakia and lived under the rule of the Soviet Union until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. She initially trained as a young member of the Czech Olympic Gymnastics Squad before transferring to ballet. After a year as a Principal dancer in the Czech National Ballet, she moved to dance with the Cape Ballet Company in South Africa, where she witnessed the end of apartheid. In her 40s, at an age when most ballerinas have retired, Daria continues to captivate audiences with her impeccable technique and free flowing natural grandeur. In the twilight of her career, Daria had forged a remarkable partnership with the young Russian Principal, Vadim Muntagirov, which critics have likened to the Fonteyn/Nureyev dynamic. Daria was awarded the Critic's Circle Patron's Award by Dame Beryl Grey in 2011 and the National Dance Award for Best Female Dancer in 2012. Away fom ballet Daria is an accoplished professional photographer who has exhibited her work widely. She has a dauhter, Sabine.
There are many different methods for teaching classical ballet - Bournonville, Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Royal Academy of Dancing being the most widely known. All of these methods are effective tools for presenting the technique and art of ballet.
Knowing how to use these tools successfully requires more than being a devotee of the technique; it also requires the mastering of various skills. In Ballet Pedagogy, Rory Foster aims to share his extensive knowledge of how to teach rather than focus exclusively on what to teach. He argues that it is not enough for a ballet teacher to be well trained in technique, but that he or she must also know how to utilize pedagogical skills.
In this book, Foster - an expert in multiple ballet methods - covers all areas involving dance, from history to injury prevention, from anatomy and kinesiology to vocabulary and music. He even offers pragmatic advice on the business of starting a dance school. The result is an essential addition to every dance teacher's library.
While the early 20th century was rich with creative energy, no one brought theater and dance to the forefront of culture quite like Sergei Diaghilev did with his extraordinary Ballets Russes. From 1909 to 1929, the Ballets Russes attracted the involvement of major artists, composers, and designers. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the company’s first performance, this book delves into a rarely seen V&A collection to explore Diaghilev’s life and work, and the creative process behind his spectacular ballet productions. Featuring works by Picasso, Stravinsky, Chanel, and many others, this beautiful book showcases artistic collaboration at its finest, and traces the origins, development, and long-term influence of the Ballets Russes.
Featuring over 200 stunning photographs from museums and private collections around the world, Tamara Karsavina: Diaghilev's Ballerina traces the life and career of one of the 20th century's greatest dance artists.
This deeply-researched book details her rise through the ranks of St Petersburg's legendary Imperial Ballet where, alongside Pavlova and Nijinsky, she excelled in the classics and emerged as the supreme interpreter of Fokine's new choreography. Her spectacular debut in the West, as a star of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, put her at the forefront of all his historic seasons and confirmed her place among the greatest dancers in ballet history.
Karsavina's major performances up to 1918, in each year of the Maryinsky and Diaghilev seasons, are clearly outlined and illustrated with exquisite photographs, many never before seen outside Russia. Individual chapters highlight her seminal role in the creation of such masterpieces as The Firebird, Le Spectre de la Rose and Carnaval.
A legendary beauty in her day, and the subject of widespread adulation, Karsavina's formal portraits are simply breathtaking. Numerous candid photographs of her personal life also offer us a fascinating glimpse into the fashions and lifestyles in the great capitals of Europe one hundred years ago.
With its comprehensive scope and meticulous research, Tamara Karsavina: Diaghilev's Ballerina is a long-overdue and indispensable resource for ballet historians and dance lovers everywhere.
'Russian opera conquered Paris in one day', wrote a French theatre critic in May 1909. In the two decades between its debut performances and the death of impresario Sergei Diaghilev in 1929, the Ballets Russes was an unrivalled sensation in Paris - a city that in those years knew no shortage of artistic stimulation. But while attention has often centred on the links between Diaghilev's troupe and modernist art and music, there has been surprisingly little analysis of the Ballets' role in the area of tastemaking. For the first time, Ballets Russes Style addresses this gap, revealing the extent of the ensemble's influence in arenas of high style, including fashion, interior design, advertising and the decorative arts. Mary E. Davis explores how the Ballets Russes operas and ballets were a laboratory for ambitious cultural experiments, often grounded in the aesthetic confrontation of Russian artists who travelled with the troupe from St. Petersburg - Bakst, Benois and Stravinsky among them - and the Parisian avant-garde, including Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Satie, Debussy and Ravel. Central to this negotiation was fashion, and the book explores both the personal relationships that allied Diaghilev and his associates with individual couturiers as well as the affiliations Diaghilev aggressively cultivated with the press and key patrons in the fashion sphere. Through the twenty years of Diaghilev's reign, the Ballets Russes and its audience together played a key role in defining Paris style, which would also echo in fashions throughout the century. Beautifully illustrated, and drawing on unpublished images and memorabilia housed in Parisian archives and other collections, Mary E. Davis illuminates the ways in which the troupe's innovations in dance, music and design mirrored and invigorated contemporary culture as represented by dress, interior decoration and lifestyle choices. An in-depth look at a style-defining era, Ballets Russes Style will appeal to anyone interested in music, fashion, art, or the history of dance.
The author Akim Volynsky was a Russian literary critic, journalist and art historian. He became St Petersburgs liveliest and most prolific ballet critic in the early twentieth century. This new book is the first English edition of his provocative and influential writings, provides a striking look at life inside the world of Russian ballet at a crucial time in its history.
Stanley J. Rabinowitz has selected and translated 40 of Volynsky's articles. They are vivid, eyewitness accounts that sparkle with details about the careers and personalities of such ballet legends as Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Fokin, Tamara Karsavina, and George Balanchine. Balanchine was at that time a young dancer in the Maryinskii company whose keen musical sense and creative interpretive power Volynsky was one of the first to recognize. Rabinowitz also translates Volynsky's magnum opus, The Book of Exaltations, an elaborate meditation on classical dance technique that is at once a primer and an ideological treatise. Throughout his writings, Rabinowitz argues in his critical introduction, which sets Volynsky's life and work against the backdrop of the principal intellectual currents of his time, Volynsky emphasizes the spiritual and ethereal qualities of ballet.
A companion guide to one of the bestselling Limelight Edition titles, this book by Asaf Messerer, a founder of what has become known as the Bolshoi School, is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.
This oversized, deluxe volume celebrating the exquisite spectacle that embodies the excellence of American Ballet Theatre, recognized by Congress as "America's national ballet company," presents the unfolding beauty, grace, agility, and sheer force of its most recent productions. Distinguished photographer Nancy Ellison depicts such enduring ballet classics as La Bayadère, Othello, The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and Giselle, and captures the virtuosity of such unforgettable dancers as Angel Corella, Nina Ananiashvili, Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, and Ethan Stiefel. ABT's artistic director, Kevin McKenzie, has written an illuminating essay about this preeminent company. The combination of dynamic bravura dancing in dreamlike settings will be a sheer delight to ballet lovers everywhere.
This guide provides a thorough examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from research that illuminates the shoemaking process and tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order their shoes. Interviews with ballet stars Martine van Hamel and Darci Kistler reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes. The basics of the pointe technique, different pointe methods, and the history of pointe are discussed. A handy reference on pointe-related injuries and their remedies is included. This new edition offers the latest information on contemporary designs, materials, products, and suppliers. A sampling of pointe technique schools around the country offers an authoritative syllabus for teachers and students alike.
Vera Volkova was central to the European ballet world for almost four decades as advisor, friend and, above all, teacher to iconic figures from dancers Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev to choreographers Sir Frederick Ashton and John Neumeier. Having inspired British ballet in its early years with her profound understanding of classical ballet, she revived and transformed the moribund Royal Danish ballet, working with that company for almost 25 years. Invitations to teach in the U.S.A, Canada, Australia and South Africa further extended her influence. But, enigmatic, self-effacing and intensely private, her life remained a well-kept secret. Now this biography, hugely praised on its first publication in Danish, reveals Volkova's life and legacy. rought up in Imperial St Petersburg, Volkova was one of the students upon whom Agrippina Vaganova developed her famous system. She was the chosen protégée of the controversial Russian philosopher and critic Akim Volynsky whose ideals she carried with her when she fled to the West, escaping the horrors of the Russian Revolution and the struggle to survive in its aftermath. This dramatic account of Volkova's extraordinary life includes her escape to Shanghai, an unusual marriage and a great love. Combining the first account of that life with a detailed examination of Volkova's teaching methods, this biography will be compelling and illuminating for both interested and expert readers.
For sheer beauty, "In the Company of Stars," a book of 125 photo gems, by Gerard Uferas, is a collector's dream. He is the recipient of many awards and his work has appeared in European collections and galleries. He sees movement in a spontaneous reaction to the emotions, concentration and restful moments of his subjects. All the delicacy and elegance of the French school in the artists of the Ballet de Opera de Paris backstage, onstage, in the wings, in rehearsal and on tour in Japan have been brought together as a tapestry of the company's repertoire since 2003. He has a painter's eye, not a sport journalist's "right moment" reaction. His photos are composed , balanced. Uferas is also part choreographer as he seems to dance, delight and become engaged in the commitment of his subjects.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993) made headlines when he defected from Russia in 1961. His onstage partnership with the Royal Ballet's ballerina assoluta Margot Fonteyn received legendary acclaim. Formerly a Kirov star, trained by the famed ballet teacher Alexander Pushkin and inspired by Nijinsky and Stanislavsky, he shocked and seduced the West with his charismatic stage presence and his passionate, sometimes rough-edged dancing. British ballet critic Kavanagh (Secret Muses: The Life of Frederick Ashton) captures his phenomenal work ethic, his hunger for new dance experiences (with Jerome Robbins, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor) and his flamboyant life. Her writing style is both readable and sophisticated, showing Nureyev's wit and generosity alongside his carelessness and cruelty. She dissects ballet arcana like the Bournonville and Vaganova techniques — but doesn't stint on celebrity dish. Nureyev's affair with the celebrated Danish dancer Erik Bruhn, his desperate need to dance for George Balanchine and his competition with the younger ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov are detailed, alongside his relationships with Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.
Irina Baronova's life story is as enchanting as her dancing. Born in St. Petersburg in 1919 and narrowly evading the Russian Revolution, Baronova and her parents escaped to Bucharest, where she learned ballet using the kitchen table as a barre. Spotted by legendary choreographer George Balanchine at the Paris Opéra, she became, at age 13, one of his three famous "baby ballerinas" with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. There she worked with dance legends Léonide Massine, Michel Fokine and Bronislava Nijinska, as well as artists Picasso, Dalí and Matisse. As an actress in Hollywood (often portraying dancers), and then as a star with American Ballet Theatre, Baronova continued to work and play with luminaries Yul Brynner, Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. But beyond tales of the personalities she knew, Baronova's prose is a testament to the woman she is: passionate, vivacious and overwhelmingly optimistic, even in the face of divorce, family strife and war. To read her memoir, with its warm personal asides to the reader, is to feel as though one were sitting down with the legend for a glass of champagne—so glamorous and delightful is her story. This is a must-read for lovers of ballet and theater. 84 b&w photos.
This is the first book about the Ballet School of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Its authors, Yelena Bocharnikova, the school's principal, and Mikhail Gabovich, art director, graduated from the school in the twenties and after successful careers on the Bolshoi Theatre stage returned to their alma mater to train new generations of ballet dancers. Yelena Bocharnikova appeared as soloist in character parts. An inquisitive mind and unflagging interest in her art prompted her to receive a higher theatrical education. She completed her theses on the history and aesthetics of ballet and was an active instructor.
People's Artiste of the R.S.F.S.R. Mikhail Gabovich was closely associated with Soviet Ballet: for thirty years he danced on the Bolshoi stage and it would be hard to name a leading part in the classical repertoire in which he did not appear. He created a gallery of most varied characters, such as Albert in Giselle, Waclaw in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Prince in Cinderella, and Mato in Salammbo. The mention of his name evokes the image of Juliet's passionate lover Romeo.
The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including: Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette. Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems. An illustrated guide through ballet class -- warm-up, barre, and center floor. Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates. Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms. Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette. Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.
The complete 8-year curriculum of Lenningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov and Markova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar or student of the dance can afford to miss. "A serious, indeed indispensable, textbook." -Clive Barnes.
Text: English, Russian (translation)
Now on DVD! The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in American Ballet. Teachers and students alike find the Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet 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 engaging program 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 is demonstrated by 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, Royal Ballet), Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet), Denise Jackson (former principal dancer, Joffrey Ballet)
The Stone Flower. Aleksandr Gulyaev, Anna Polikarpova, Tatiana Terekhova, The Kirov Ballet.
A 1991 recording of Grigorovich's full length ballet to Prokofiev's last ballet score. The tale centres round Danila, a
The Stone Flower. Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Svetlana Adirkhaeva, the
Alice in Wonderland: a Dance Fantasy. The Prague Chamber Ballet.
A ballet for children, very loosely based on Lewis Carroll's books, with choreography by Pavel Smok and music by Viktor
Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina Assoluta.
A collection of recordings of the great Cuban ballerina, filmed between 1958 and 1985, mostly with the Ballet Nacional
American Ballet Theatre at the Met.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marianna Tcherkassky, Cythia Harvey and Cheryl Yeager in Les Sylphides; Cynthia Gregory and
American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco.
Filmed at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco in 1985, this mixed bill comprises Paul Taylor's Airs,
American Ballet Theatre Now.
An 84-minute special featuring leading American Ballet Theatre dancers in highlights of the ABT repertoire, including
Angelina Ballerina: Lights, Camera, Action!
More adventures of the famous mouse ballerina. In Lights, Camera, Action! Angelina enters a movie-making
Four more tales of Angelina, the world's most famous mouse ballerina. In William the Conjuror William's trick
In Chipping Cheddar, Angelina, the noted, nay notorious, mouse ballet student, is auditioning for
Anna Karenina. Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Godunov, The Bolshoi Ballet.
Seeing Tolstoi's great novel set to dance was an unfulfilled dream of Maya Plisetskaya, until, despairing of finding a
Antony Tudor, a documentary.
Antony Tudor revolutionised ballet by replacing princes and princesses with ordinary people who display universal
Anyuta. Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, etc.
Based in a short story by Chekhov, Anyuta tells the compelling story of a woman's journey from poverty to
The art of Maria Tallchief.
A compilation of two videos, Maria Tallchief in Montreal and Maria Tallchief, her complete Bell Telephone
Swan Lake. Nina Ananiashvili, Alexei Fadeyechev, Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet.
Nikolai Boyarchivov's staging, after Petipa, Ivanov, and Gorsky, filmed live in Tokyo in 1992.
Swan Lake. Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Ballet of La Scala Milan
Choreography by Vlamimir Bourmeister and Lev Ivanov, staged by Florence Clerc and Frederic Olivieri, and recorded live
Swan Lake. Ulyana Lopatkina, Danila Korsuntsev, The Mariinsky Ballet.
Konstantin Sergeyev's production of the Petipa/Ivanov choreography, filmed live at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2006. An
Swan Lake. Yelena Yevteyeva, John Matkovsky, The Kirov Ballet.
A famous historical recording, dating from 1968, of the Kirov Ballet in Konstantin Sergeyev's production, with a cast
Swan Lake. Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky, The Kirov Ballet.
The Kirov's classic production, filmed at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 1991. [Coded for use world-wide on
La Sylphide (Lacotte, after Taglioni). Aurelie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio, Paris Opera Ballet.
Pierre Lacotte's reconstruction of Filippo Taglioni's version of La Sylphide. Taglioni's version pre-dates the
La Sylphide. Lis Jeppesen, Nikolaj Hubbe, Sorella Englund, The Royal Danish Ballet.
Recorded on stage at Copenhagen's Royal Theatre in 1988, this is a classic production (by Henning Kronstam and Arlette
Sylvia. Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle, The Royal Ballet.
Adeline Genee, a lifetime of ballet under six reigns.
The biography of one of Edwardian London's favourite dancers, later first president of the Royal Academy of Dancing
Anton Dolin, autobiography.
Cover imageBallet in England, a bibliography and survey, c. 1700 - June 1966.
A very good copy, in similar dustwrapper, of an invaluable bibliography, covering both books and major journal articles.
Balletmaster - a dancer's view of George Balanchine.
Ballroom dancing, the romance, rhythm, and style.
Reynolds, John Lawrence
A lavishly illustrated, large-format book offering a fascinating glimpse into the world of ballroom dancing, covering
The annual update volumes to the New York Public Library's invaluable Dictionary Catalogue of the Dance Collection, for
Choreography, the art of the body.
The author wrote: 'My aims in this book are four-fold:  To examine the roots of anatomical and physiological action
Cover imageDarcey Bussell, a celebration.
A collection of 140 colour photographs of the Royal Ballet's sadly missed prima ballerina, both on stage and on
Beaumont, Cyril W.
Not strictly a dance book, but a fascinating pendant to the life and work of the great British dance writer, critic
Fonteyn, impressions of a ballerina.
Fonteyn, the making of a legend.
A very large (310 x 250 mm, over 300 pages) pictorial biography of Margot Fonteyn, containing photographs of virtually
Haskell, Arnold L
An interim autobiography of the dance critic and first director of Sadler's Wells Ballet School. A good copy, but with
Cover imageLabanotation typing manual.
An instruction manual for use with the Labanotation-IBM Selectric typewriter element. Now out of print - this is a
Letters on dancing and ballets.
The first edition of Cyril Beaumont's translation, published by Beaumont in 1930. The binding is firm, but externally
A study of the dancer. Light foxing to fore-edge and end-papers. Dust wrapper is worn and torn and price has been
Nureyev Gala Tribute programme.
The souvenir programme of the gala tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, held at the London Coliseum, on
Cover imageThe one and only, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
The story of one of America's most important yet neglected ballet companies, whose stars included Danilova, Markova
Perspektiv pa Bournonville.
A collection of essays on Bournonville and his ballets by Danish writers and critics. Text in Danish only.
Ashton, Sir Frederick
Sir Frederick Ashton's 1952 three act ballet to Delibes' wonderful score was revived in 2005 as part of the Royal
The Tales of Beatrix Potter (Ashton). The Royal Ballet.
Ashton's classic and much loved film ballet, for children of all ages. Dancers hidden beneath the masks include Wayne
Tango. Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet.
For the people of Argentina, the tango is an exhilarating means of overcoming sadness, pain, and loss of love. Instead
The Tchaikovsky Ballets - Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty. The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet.
A boxed set of 4 DVDs at a considerably reduced price: individually the DVDs would cost nearly £80. Each ballet
Three Ballerinas - Lucette Aldous, Marilyn Rowe, and Marilyn Jones.
A celebration of the lives of three of Australia's greatest ballerinas. All three were prima ballerinas in the 1970s,
Trapeze; Fragments of a Biography. Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, etc.
Trapeze is a ballet created for film in 1970, with choreography by Natalia Ryzkenko to an early score of
La Traviata. Vera Timashova, Alexander Gorbatsevich, Moscow Classical Ballet.
A two act ballet based on Dumas'La Dame aux Camélias, choreographed by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir
True Prince, Vladimir Malakhov.
A documentary about the expatriate Russian dancer. Highlights include Malakhov discussing his first public performance,
The Turning Point. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft.
Emma, portrayed by Anne Bancroft, is an aging ballet star whose career has reached its peak; her friend Deedee (Shirley
World's Young Ballet - the 1969 Moscow Ballet Competition.
A black and white film of the 1969 Moscow Ballet Competition, won by Mikhail Baryshnikov, and featuring him in short
Yvette Chauvire pour L'Exemple and Les Cahiers Retrouves de Nina Vyroubova.
Two French documentaries by Dominique Delouche, with English sub-titles, the first on the French ballerina Yvette
Zizi Jeanmaire Dances Roland Petit: Carmen, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, La Croqueuse de Diamants.
Three dance films. Carmen is performed by Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, and the Ballet de Paris; in Le Jeune Homme
The Art of Pas de Deux, vol. 2.
A compilation of eight historical performances, some in colour, some in black-and-white, all taken from other currently
A compilation of twelve historical performances, some in colour, some in black-and-white, all taken from other
Aschenbrodel (Cinderella). Eva Petters, Gregor Hatala, Vienna State
Johann Strauss II's only original ballet score, here choreographed by Renato Zanella in an updated version of the old
Ashton to Stravinsky: A Study of Four Ballets with choreography by Frederick Ashton.
Frederick Ashton, one of the foremost British choreographers of the twentieth century, set four Stravinsky scores. The
Regarded as the father of American ballet, and having created over 400 works, George Balanchine was one of the foremost
The Ballet Box. Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty (The Kirov Ballet), The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet). [3 DVD set.]
A useful and bargain priced compilation containing the Kirov Ballet's 1982 recording of Sleeping Beauty with
Ballet Favourites. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, etc.
Excerpts from La Fille mal Gardée (Brian Shaw), The Nutcracker (Lesley Collier, Anthony Dowell),
Ballet Miniatures: Carnival, Egyptian Night, Romeo and Juliet. The Kirov Ballet, etc.
A wonderful, funny, moving, life-enhancing documentary about the de Basil and Massine Ballets Russes companies, seen
The great Mikhail Baryshnikov, recorded in 1984 in three ballets by Twyla Tharp. The Little Ballet, to music by
Baryshnikov Live at Wolf Trap. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Marianna Tcherkassky.
Classic recordings of one of the twentieth century's greatest male dancers at the top of his form. Filmed live in 1976,
La Bayadere. (DVD) Isabelle Guerin, Laurent Hilaire, Elisabeth Platel, Paris Opera Ballet.
Rudolf Nureyev's final production for the Paris Opera Ballet, beautifully filmed. Coded for regions 2 - 6: worldwide
La Bayadere. Altynai Asylmuratova, Darcey Bussell, Irek Mukhamedov, The Royal Ballet.
Natalia Makarova's spectacular production of Marius Petpa's classic ballet, designed by Pier Luigi Samaritani and
La Bayadere. Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Isabelle Brusson, Ballet of La Scala Milan.
Natalia Makarova's production, with designs by Yolanda Sonnabend. Recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in May
Behind the Curtain, Being a Professional Dancer.
A series of interviews with dancers, both classical and modern, who have come to New York to fulfil their dreams of
A heavily revised (and shortened) re-interpretation of Sleeping Beauty by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot,
Paul Czinner's famous 1956 film, recorded at the Royal Opera House in London, featuring a slightly abridged version of
A bargain for admirers of Yuri Grigorovich's stagings: a boxed set of four DVDs of his ballets, selling at well under
The Bolshoi Ballet II - Ivan the Terrible, The Stone Flower, Spartacus, Raymonda.
A bargain box re-packaging of four Bolshoi recordings from 1989 and 1990, all choreographed or staged by Yuri
Filmed in The Marquee, Battersea Park, London, in 1986, this DVD includes Les Sylphides (Natalia Bessmertnova,
The Bolshoi Ballet. Galina Ulanova, Raisa Struchkova, Nikolai Fadeyechev.
Paul Czinner's famous 1956 film, filmed during the Bolshoi Ballet's first visit to the UK. It includes a slightly
The Bolt. Anastasia Yatsenko, Andrei Merkuriev, Denis Savin, Morikhiro
Alexei Ratmansky's tongue-in-cheek staging of Shostakovich's banned 1931 ballet is set in a fantasy Soviet factory
Carmen Suite. Maya Plisetskaya, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Sergei Radchenko, The Bolshoi Ballet.
Albert Alonso's choreography, to Rodion Shchedrin's derangement of Bizet, filmed in Russia, in colour, in 1969. The DVD
Carmen suite. Nadezdha Pavlova, Sergei Gorbachov, Moscow City Ballet.