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Allegro Brilliante

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In the late 1970's 'Dance in America' broadcast a performance of Allegro Brilliante starring Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins, but curiously this ballet is not part of The Balanchine Library series. Is this ballet available on video?

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Melissa

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indeed, as was the case w/ the "Rubies" pas de deux segment not included in another DANCE IN AMERICA program that was released commercially, it would seem that the rights to the ALLEGRO BRILLANTE you rightly recall here could also not be obtained.

unless there is re-negotiation of these contracts w/ the video marketers, these two segments, along w/ the narrations originally written for the programs will remain unavailable except on off-the-air copies made at the time of original showings.

i suppose if PBS were to re-broadcast these programs, as it did the recently 'repeated' "Balanchine part 1 & 2" biography program, they might be taped again.

fyi: the full credits for the "Dance in America" program with ALLEGRO B:

Choreography by Balanchine, Part IV / WNET/Thirteen ; directed by Emile Ardolino ; produced by Merrill Brockway and Judy Kinberg ; choreography (reconceived for television), George Balanchine. New York, N.Y. : WNET/Thirteen, 1979.(69 min.) : sd., col. Telecast on the Dance in America series by WNET-13, New York on March 7, 1979.

Executive producer, Jac Venza ; art direction and lighting, Ralph Holmes ; writer, Arlene Croce.

Performed by members of the New York City Ballet.

Music played by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Robert Irving.

Introduced by Edward Villella.

Ballo della regina (ca. 21 min.) / music, Giuseppe Verdi ; costumes, Ben Benson ; performed by Merrill Ashley, Robert Weiss, Debra Austin, Bonita Borne, Stephanie Saland, Sheryl Ware, and ensemble.

The steadfast tin soldier (ca. 11 min.) / music, Georges Bizet ; scenery and costumes, David Mitchell ; performed by Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

El├ęgie (from Tschaikovsky suite no. 3) (ca. 12 min.) / music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; scenery, Peter Harvey ; costumes, Nicolas Benois ; performed by Karin von Aroldingen, Sean Lavery, Maria Calegari, Carole Divet, Nina Fedorova, Susan Freedman, Lourdes Lopez, and Carol Marie Strizak.

Tchaikovsky pas de deux (ca. 8 min.) / music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; scenery, Peter Harvey ; costumes, Karinska ; performed by Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Allegro brillante (ca. 15 min.) / music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; scenery, Peter Harvey ; costumes, Karinska ; performed by Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Renee Estopinal, Lisa de Ribere, Marjorie Spohn, Heather Watts, Tracy Bennett, Stephen Caras, Victor Castelli, and Joseph Duell ; piano solo, Gordon Boelzner

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Thanks for the information, rg. Let's hope the ballet is released soon. I vividly recall Farrell's wonderful performance.

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There is a version of Allegro Brilliante that is commercially available from VAI on VHS and DVD:

A 1964 performance with Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes is available on a VHS tape entitled, "Maria Tallchief - Her Complete Bell Telephone Hour Appearances." A second VHS tape, "Maria Tallchief in Montreal," contains Balachine's Pas de Dix with Tallchief and Andre Eglevsky. Both are available on the DVD "The Art of Maria Tallchief."

They are available in stores and through the VAI website:

http://www.vaimusic.com/VIDEO/DVD_4234_694...Tallchief.shtml

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