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Watching and comparing several videos of "Spectre..." I came across this charming, liberal version with Patrick Dupond and ...Lilian Gish! Beautiful performance by Dupond...(actually doing an amazing jete to get into the room as no other that I've seen-not even on the clips by Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Legris or Ruzimatov). I also love his port de bras, and the curtain calls are beautiful too, showing Miss Gish kissing Dupond's hands right after he kissed hers... :wub:

From the Youtube OP

"Legend of stage and screen, Lillian Gish, appears with Patrick Dupond and fulfills a lifelong dream at the Metropolitan Opera Gala, celebrating 100 years of performing arts at the Met. In her introduction, Miss Gish recalls a performance of "Le Spectre de la Rose" with Vaslav Nijinsky that she had attended with her sister Dorothy and Charlie Chaplin over 65 years before. Taped on May 13, 1984".


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the clip must be from the '84 Metropolitan Opera's 100th anniv. celebrations, in this case, a gala performance celebrating the presentations aspect of the Met.

the whole, hours-long event was telecast at the time.

here's the NYPL listing for its copy of the first half? of the evening's offerings:

Celebration, Reel 1 (Videotape) : 1984. 60 min. : sd. color

Taped in performance at the Metropolitan Opera House May 13, 1984. A WNET-TV and Metropolitan Opera presentation of a gala performance celebrating 100 years of performing arts at the Metropolitan Opera. Producer: Jane Hermann. Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn. Lighting: Gil Wechsler. Staging: Donald Saddler. Director: Brian Large. Script: Gerald Fitzgerald.

CONTENTS. - Diversion of angels. Choreography and costumes: Martha Graham. Music: Norman Dello Joio. Danced by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Dancers: Peggy Lyman, George White, Jr., Takako Asakawa, Peter Sparling, Thea Barnes, Steve Rooks, Larry White, and corps. - Five Brahms waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan. Choreography: Frederick Ashton. Music: Johannes Brahms. Pianist: Philip Gammon. Dancer: Lynn Seymour. - Le spectre de la rose. Choreography: Michel Fokine. Music: Carl Maria von Weber. Dancers: Patrick Dupond, Lillian Gish. - The nutcracker (Hoffmann's solo). Choreography: Roland Petit. Music: Tchaikovsky. Dancer: Jean-Charles Gil. - Romeo and Juliet (Balcony scene). Choreography: Frederick Ashton. Music: Sergei Prokofiev. Dancers: Lis Jeppesen, Arne Villumsen. - Cameo appearances: Alexandra Danilova; Frederic Franklin; Jerome Robbins.

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I was there! And Miss Gish was a highlight among the many (lesser but still stellar) highlights of the night. I was unaware until I read miamicubanboy's quote of the blurb from YouTube that the Gish sisters provided a direct link to Nijinsky. Very impressive!

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