Ballet DVD wish listIs there hope for any of these?
Posted 13 June 2005 - 04:54 PM
There is a link for english on there so don't have a cow.
Posted 13 June 2005 - 07:24 PM
Thank you, Richard! Yes, John Meehan is currently head honcho of ABT Studio Company, where he is doing a terrific job turning students into very promising pros. He also has served as moderator of the ABT Works & Process evenings at the Guggenheim Museum where, equipped wtih an abundance of Irish-Aussie charm, he does another fine job.
Les Sylphides: Nagy, d'Antuono
Don Q: Makarova, Bujones
T&V: Kirkland Baryshnikov
Firebird: Gregory, Meehan(the Australian guy?)
Posted 13 June 2005 - 10:00 PM
you might wanna check this amazing website that has been recently releasing stuff that we havent seen for years...
There is a link for english on there so don't have a cow.
Don't have a cow? I haven't heard that phrase in years!
It's a nice site -- many thanks for the link. They've got that old Dance Theater of Harlem program with Lester Horton's Beloved. Such a spooky dance.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:19 AM
I saw once on one of the documentaries a tantalyzingly brief excerpt of a Giselle with Asylmuratova and Ruzimatov. Oh how I wish that would be released in its entirety!
"Dancing for Mr. B" is also pretty priceless, especially the rare footage of Allegra Kent in Symphony in C.
And of course, it goes without saying that the MND film with Farrell, Mitchell, Amboise, Paul, McBride, and Kent NEEDS to be commercially released.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 11:30 AM
It would have had to have been on TV. Thank you so much for posting the info. I vaguely remember Gregory in The River. I can't believe that I didn't remember either of the more traditionally classical pieces, or Nagy, whom I had loved as Albrecht and Prince Siegfried in live performances in 1971.
Helene, yes it was shown on NET which is basically (one of) our PBS stations in the NYC area. So it was probably carried on others.
The program is in fact in the archives, my memory wasn't too bad(!) at least for what I listed. But there was also an excerpt from Les Sylphides and a scene from Rodeo.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:12 PM
I actually did video tape this and had a copy for a while, all I have left is the second half of Act 3, in terrible condition.
So I'd love a commercial release of this.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 11:27 AM
American Ballet Theatre: A close-up in time / WNET/13-TV ; directed by Jerome Schnur ; produced by Jac Venza.
New York, N.Y. : WNET-TV, 1973. (90 min.)
Telecast on October 8, 1973 by WNET/13-TV, New York.
Associate producer, Ken Campbell.
Members of American Ballet Theatre are seen in rehearsal, in class, backstage, and in performance. Includes commentary by Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, Lucia Chase, and others.
Les sylphides (excerpts) / choreography, Mikhail Fokin ; music, Frédéric Chopin ; scenery, Alexandre Benois ; danced by Karena Brock, Ellen Everett, Christine Sarry, John Prinz and corps de ballet.
Rodeo: Scene one / choreography, Agnes de Mille ; music, Aaron Copland ; sets, Oliver Smith ; costumes, Kermit Love ; danced by Christine Sarry, Terry Orr, Marcos Paredes, and company.
Pillar of fire (complete ballet) / choreography, Antony Tudor ; music, Arnold Schönberg ; scenery and costumes, Jo Mielziner ; cast, Sallie Wilson (Hagar), Ellen Everett (Youngest sister), Bonnie Mathis (Oldest sister), Marcos Paredes (Young man from the house opposite), Gayle Young (Friend), and company.
Swan lake: Black swan pas de deux / choreography, David Blair ; music, Peter Tchaikovsky ; sets, Oliver Smith ; costumes, Freddy Wittop ; Performed by Cynthia Gregory and Ted Kivitt.
The river: Lake / choreography, Alvin Ailey ; music, Duke Ellington ; costumes, Frank Thompson ; danced by Cynthia Gregory, Marcos Paredes, and company.
Etudes: Tarantella / choreography, Harald Lander ; music, Knudage Riisager ; sets and costumes, Rolf Gerard ; danced by Eleanor D'Antuono, Ted Kivitt, Ivan Nagy, and company.
Posted 26 June 2005 - 05:13 AM
"Mayerling" with Rojo and Cope.
In the last couple Mayerling runs in London, my friends and I would joke/wish that a dvd package of all three casts (Rojo-Cope, Cojocaru-Kobborg, Galeazzi-Tewlsey) should be released! Not only that, if you didn't, say, care for the Bratfish in the C&K version, you'd be able to automatically splice the footage and pick your cast. ;) And if studios can release huge dvd packs with hours of behind-the-scenes footage, ballet dvds should come with rehearsals, masterclasses, interviews, production info. Not to mention available footage of first casts and documentaries. And running commentaries too! A big expensive dream I'm sure! But I do feel a bit short-changed when, given the extortionate prices charged, all we get are simple transfers from video as most ballet dvds seem to be.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:35 AM
American Ballet Theatre a close-up in time /
New York, N.Y. : Arthur Cantor Films, 1973.
Call #: VC 793.3 A
Subjects American Ballet Theatre -- Video recordings.
Ballet companies -- United States -- Video recordings.
Ballet -- Video recordings.
Ballets -- Excerpts -- Video recordings
Format: [videorecording] :
Responsibility: produced by Jac Venza ; produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation ; directed by Jerome Schnur.
Description: 1 videocassette (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Other Title: Close-up in time
Summary: A documentary on the American Ballet Theatre, including excerpts of performances from the company's repertoire.
Performers: American Ballet Theatre ; Akira Endo, conductor ; unidentified narrator.
Additional Authors: Schnur, Jerome.
American Ballet Theatre.
Dynix #: 1697602
Holdings: Reservable Copies: 3 Number of Holds: 0
There were three copies but two seem to be lost...
Didn't ABT broadcast a "Sleeping Beauty" with Cynthia Gregory circa 1979 on PBS?
Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:14 AM
I'm right there with you! Some old videos are unlikely to exist of the whole performance, but what about those snippets that seem to have decent quality? Such as the Nutcracker with Lezhnina and Zelensky. Was there an entire performance? Where is it?? Also, the snippet from Giselle with Asylmuratova and Ruzimatov? Where? I could find so performances that I'd like to see entirely... Oh well if the quality isn't too good... Sorry, I got a little excited there...
And what about all the ballets that are in the Russian Vaults -- you see bits of old film on those wonderful Glory/History/Magic of tapes, but where are the full versions?
Hope the DVD makers are reading this!
Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:17 AM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:35 AM
Also I have seen snippets of what seems to be a complete Kirov "Sleeping Beauty" with Irina Kolpakova and Yuri Soloviev from 1975 or 1976. Soloviev is looking rather thickened in the snippet I saw from Aurora's second act vision scene. It would be nice to have a memento of Kolpakova's Aurora that is closer to her prime than the 1983 performance with Berezhnoi as her Prince.
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