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Paul Parish

Did Balanchine choreograph hte hippo ballet for Fantasia?

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I've recently heard that he did -- also that the hippos were a parody of Danilova.... Does anybody KNOW for sure how much truth there is in this? it would of course be great fun if it were true.....

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I thought it was a parody of Tatiana Lichine.

(I can't spell her maiden name.) Or did she do the actual dancing for the artists to study?

[ February 23, 2002: Message edited by: glebb ]

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According to "Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works," it was based on Vera Zorina in The Goldwyn Follies: "In the Water Nymph Ballet, Zorina rises out of a pool; this dance was later the model for the dance of the hippos and ostriches (to the Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda)in Walt Disney's film Fantasia."

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