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Suzanne Farrell performing "20 Grands Battements"-- on Sesame Street


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#1 bart

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:45 AM

I found this linked on former MCB ballerina Deanna Seay's Facebook page:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddenyc7A_to&feature=share&noredirect=1

Stick around for the lovely smile at the end --and the curtsy. Kermit the Frog is suitably impressed.

Given the relative scarcity of video of Farrell dancing her NYCB rep, we should be grateful that George Balanchine did not choreograph "20 Grands Battements." The Balanchine Trust would ban it from You Tube. On the other hand, didn't Balanchine do something like this in Stars and Stripes? Please, don't tell the Trust. :wink:

#2 flo

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 12:39 PM

I remember this!

#3 Ray

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:24 PM

It's so cute, of course, and I love the way she places the foot so thoughtfully into 5th after each battement--all 20 times. Each one an event in itself...

#4 sandik

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:38 PM

Not to mention the next video -- taking little and big steps!

#5 bart

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:52 PM

Not to mention the next video -- taking little and big steps!

Didn't know about that one .....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BjnS-ApxOQ&feature=related

And, while we are at it ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ1bpSmTchQ&feature=related

On that one, I admit that I thought this might involve counting to 32, though fouettes were not an NYCB strength in those days. Love the idea of the Count ... counting.

#6 Drew

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:40 PM

...And she gets flowers!

#7 sandik

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:55 PM

This corner of YouTube is full of treats -- if you watch to the end of The Count counting Farrell's turns, you can watch The Count sing along with Cab Calloway!

#8 lmspear

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:07 PM

Don't forget Angel Corella's dance through the alphabet. :clapping:

#9 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:57 AM

And she drinks milk!!!



#10 sandik

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:16 AM

And she drinks milk!!!


Using her world famous fingers and elbow!

#11 MakarovaFan

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:07 PM

Many thanks, Bart and Mme. Hermine, for the wonderful clips. The muppets lining up to hand her bouquets was adorable. :clapping:


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