January DVD of the Month: Pas de Deux

The Royal Ballet: Pas de deux, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

This unique collection celebrates the pas de deux: the ‘steps for two’ or partner dances so central to ballets that are both modern and classical. It brings together 16 exceptional pas de deux from The Royal Ballet’s unequalled repertory, in outstanding performances by Company dancers past and present.

Included in this collection are Frederick Ashton’s Voices of Spring and pas de deux from his La Fille mal gardée; from Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Concerto, Elite Syncopations, Manon and Mayerling; from Wayne McGregor’s Limen; from Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale; and from the 19th-century classics Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Pas de deux features many of the major stars of the Royal Ballet past and present, including Sarah Lamb, Mara Galeazzi, Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova, and Matthew Golding.

Here is sample of just one Pas de deux from the Royal Ballet:

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