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Edward Villella on video: clips only


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#1 garybruce

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 04:50 AM

I managed to locate two clips of Villella dancing on TV shows--one is on You Tube dated 1969, when he danced for three minutes on the Perry Como Christmas show (type in Perry Commo and Hollywood Palace). The other is when he danced on The Odd Couple in 1973, fourth season, second episode, entitled, "Last Tango in Newark." The segment is not on You Tube but part of the DVD set of the comedy series.

Otherwise, we must make do with our memories.

#2 bart

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:25 AM

Thanks, garybruce. Here's the link.


It's a wonderful segment, and even better -- I think -- if you replay it without the smaaltzy music (which has little do to with the choreography, anyway). I love Villella's opening: the handsome closeup followed by his graceful hand-miming of "dance." You definitely get a sense of VIllella's stage presence and charisma, qualities which grew over time. One of the things I remember is the way which, once he matured, he could hold your eye even when standing still and looking with concentration at his partner. It's one of the qualities which made him a much better Siegfried than people who never saw him in these roles might think.

:flowers: It was good to see even a clip of Kukla and Ollie at the beginning of the segment. Also -- PLEASE! -- stick around at the end for the Bacchus After-Shave commercial. First I thought it was some sort of Monty Python take-off. WAS there such a product? And was there ever a real ad campaign like this? :yahoo:

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:30 AM

White Star, a secondary label of Kultur Video released the following videocassete around 1994: A Trip To Christmas - The Bell Telephone Hour.
amazon has some VHS copies currently from secondary vendors as both 'new' and 'used' cassettes - on this 47 min. holiday progam, Villella and Violette Verdy dance an Ivanov-esque version of the pas de deux from THE NUTCRACKER - if mem. serves this video has been mentioned on BT before.
meanwhile here are 3 publicity stills from Villella's tv appearances.
the color one of Harlequin is captioned "CBS FESTIVAL OF THE LIVELY ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, Wednesday, April 10,1974, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, CNYT"
the black and white photo of Villella in the same costume w/ an unidentified dancer is uncaptioned.
the jocular quartet is captioned as shown and dates, as indicated, from '71.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:18 AM

White Star, a secondary label of Kultur Video released the following videocassete around 1994: A Trip To Christmas - The Bell Telephone Hour.
amazon has some VHS copies currently from secondary vendors as both 'new' and 'used' cassettes - on this 47 min. holiday progam, Villella and Violette Verdy dance an Ivanov-esque version of the pas de deux from THE NUTCRACKER - if mem. serves this video has been mentioned on BT before.

Thanks, rg!

garybruce, there is also "Man Who Dances," a 1968 television special, but as far as I can tell it's not available for sale.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:22 AM

MAN WHO DANCES seems to go on and off the market. at one point if mem. serves NYCB's gift bar sold cassettes, but not, i don't think recently.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:30 AM

it almost looks like rebecca wright with him in the photo?

and hey, joey bishop had pretty good legs!!!! :flowers:

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:41 AM

Villella is quite adamant that he does not want his videos to be released, ever. What's more frustrating is that he mentions a bunch of performances he danced in and/or produced on television. He won an Emmy for Harlequin, and I believe was producer for "Dance in America" for several years. If you ever see the "Midsummer's Night Dream" and watch his scherzo, you'll see that his privacy is our loss. His elevation, ballon, and almost Bournonville-like batterie (watch those entrechats!) reminds me almost of Yuri Soloviev, although they were obviously very different dancers temperamentally and with different training.
Villella also, incredibly, took 4 yrs off to go to college before finally joining the NYCB. By 1958 he was a soloist, by 1960 he was principal.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:45 AM

i am in your debt Mme. Hermine - your post led me to search the NYPL dance cat. for possible credits for a '74 harlequin film w/ villella and VOILA here are the credits, and Wright's name! (there's no telling how closely villella might have kept to what balanchine arranged for him to do in HARLEQUINADE.)

Harlequin - A patchwork of love 1974.(50 min.) : sd., b&w.
Telecast by WCBS-TV on the CBS Lively Festival of the Arts for Young People, April 10, 1974. A Prodigal Production produced and directed by Gardner Compton.
Choreographed especially for television using various special effects.
Choreography: Edward Villella. Music: Gordon Lowe Harrell. Costumes: Lare Schultz. Lighting: Barne Stewart. Cast: Edward Villella (Harlequin), Rebecca Wright (Columbine), Dermot Burke (Scaramouche), Kay Hawtrey (Mother), with the corps de ballet from the National Ballet School of Canada.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:01 AM

Villella is quite adamant that he does not want his videos to be released, ever.

That's interesting. Has he said why?

What's more frustrating is that he mentions a bunch of performances he danced in and/or produced on television. He won an Emmy for Harlequin, and I believe was producer for "Dance in America" for several years.

He introduced the Balanchine ballets on "Dance in America" with scripts written, if I'm not mistaken, by Arlene Croce.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:25 AM

yes, EV did read the introductions written by Croce to set up the CHOREOGARPHY BY BALANCHINE (DANCE IN AMERICA) series, none of which were included in the commercial releases of the programs, which is why any number of videophiles with off-the-air copies hung onto those cassettes as well as acquiring the subsequently marketed tapes and discs.
i don't know that EV has ever fully explained his reasons for keeping video images of him off the market, etc.
as many have remarked, his refusal to allow anything of him included in the 1984, 2-part Balanchine video biography makes it seem as if he played no part in the history of Balanchine's ballet.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:33 AM

on a related note regarding Villella and Verdy, if mem. serves someone on BT recalled a pirate? vid./film of RUBIES with EV and VV. i hadn't ever heard of this casting in the history of JEWELS but had no way to say for certain that it hadn't sometime taken place. when VV was at the walter reade over the weekend for a screening of VIOLETTE ET MR. B, i took the opportunity to ask her if she'd ever danced RUBIES (w/ EV or anyone else for that matter) and she said, no, she hadn't.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:41 AM

i don't know that EV has ever fully explained his reasons for keeping video images of him off the market, etc.


So does that mean that any dancer can do that? I asked in the other thread what the legalities are, because I would not have thought that any performers of any kind would have the power to control the evolution of their television appearances. It does seem unfair to the other dancers, unless they don't want them shown either, but I would have thought production people would have the power on these matters. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:06 AM

as many have remarked, his refusal to allow anything of him included in the 1984, 2-part Balanchine video biography makes it seem as if he played no part in the history of Balanchine's ballet.


Ironic, considering that if Balanchine ever had a male "muse," it was Villella, in the sense that Balanchine created many ballets catered to Villella's specific talents. But you'd never know it from any of the commercially released Balanchine.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:19 AM

regarding the legalities, i'm no expert, but i do know from past experiences with ballet videos, that the participant in any video/film entity that doesn't already have future release rights in place needs to sign-off on any further use, etc. and when these individuals choose not to sign, as one gathers suzanne farrell did w/ her appearance in the ALLEGRO BRILLANTE or as patricia mcbride did w/ respect to her performance in the RUBIES pdd(both originally part of CHOREOGRAPHY BY BALANCHINE programs), then further release is not possible.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:22 AM

Thanks, rg. I guess that means that some other dancers did do this sometimes, but not nearly so sweeping, i.e., literally all of them in Villella's case. I still hate knowing that I can't see that old Nutcracker again, because I haven't ever liked another one that much.


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