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Name the dancers and the workthe former might be easier than the latter


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#1 rg

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 07:51 AM

the attached scan shows a publicity photo of two dancers on the occasion of the work shown.
perhaps the dancers might be easier to name than the duet they're performing, or maybe not.
(the discoloration comes from the oxidized(?) glue attaching the publicity label identifying the photo.)
a scan of the caption's text will follow in a day or so.

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:09 AM

lichine and riabouchinska?

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:21 AM

correct.
now what are they performing?

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:57 AM

i guess we can rule out graduation ball? :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:01 AM

yes, you can.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:22 AM

The free flowing hair is unusual for the time---and the lack of ribbons on her shoes suggests a Hollywood film..... :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:26 AM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038718/

this?

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:45 AM

oops guess not, if it's animation! :)

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:40 AM

you were correct the first time, P.
the animators filmed DL & TR and turned their filmed dance into a silhouette number, so they more or less animate their own animation.
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:10 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! thanks, rg!!!! how interesting!!!! :)

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:38 AM

rg, what a great puzzler. I hope this can become a regular feature.

I thought Leon Danielian might be the man (similar nose in profile). But I had no clue about the woman. Nor had I ever heard about the Disney film -- or the technique of constructing animation from filmed human silouette.

A very ejoyable learning experience. I'm most impressed by the detective team of Mme. Hermine and atm711. I myself tried a little cheating on Google, to no avail.

Thanks, rg! :)

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:58 AM

aw shucks, bart! :)

was she not the model for the dancing hippo in fantasia?

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 02:01 PM

Disney is about to come with a book on Disney's dance-related animations by Mindy Aloff. (I believe the book, now in production, is due out in early '09.) There, as I understand it, we'll learn much about the dance sources used by Disney artists. Hyacinth Hippo had more than one model,as I understand it, as, I suppose, did other characters featured in FANTASIA and other animations.
if i learn anything more precise about pub. date, etc. i'll post it here.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:02 PM

What a great idea for a book -- and an EXCELLENT writer.

Disney chorreography is seriously under-rated -- not by Chchoreographers (Mark Morris says upon any occasion that the best choreography for hte Nutcracker EVER was in hte Disney "Fantasia.") But dance-goers, dance-lovers tend not to give Disney proper respect. ALL Disney cartoons are balletic -- my current favorit is TOy Story 2; the scene in the airport, with the conveyor belts, is like Symphony in 3 movements.


Disney is about to come with a book on Disney's dance-related animations by Mindy Aloff. (I believe the book, now in production, is due out in early '09.) There, as I understand it, we'll learn much about the dance sources used by Disney artists. Hyacinth Hippo had more than one model,as I understand it, as, I suppose, did other characters featured in FANTASIA and other animations.
if i learn anything more precise about pub. date, etc. i'll post it here.



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Posted 22 August 2008 - 05:17 AM

when there was a conf. at the NYPL about LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS arlene croce wanted to give a talk about Disney's FANTASIA version being the best there was but she couldn't get the rigths to show the segement to the public at her talk, thus, if mem. serves scrapping the idea of the presentation altogether.
still she published a fine essay about FANTASIA.


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