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Ruth Page: Once upon a dancer [videorecording]

Ruth Page: Once upon a dancer [videorecording]

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1 cassette. 59 min. : sd. color with b&w sequences NTSC.; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Gift of Ruth Page Foundation.
Series Statement
Ruth Page Video Archives ; 129
Uniform Title
  • Billy Sunday (Choreographic work : Page)
  • Carmen (Choreographic work : Page)
  • Fledermaus (Choreographic work : Page)
  • Frankie and Johnny (Choreographic work : Page and Stone, B)
  • Merry widow (Choreographic work : Page)
  • Produced by Thea Flaum Productions for WTTW-TV, Chicago. Producer/writer: Thea Flaum. Co-producer: Loretta Caravette [Petersohn]. Narrator: Jessica Tandy. Reproduced by Thea Flaum Productions as part of the Ruth Page Video Archives, and listed in *MGYB (Page) 90-9600 Ruth Page Video Archives, 1990, p. 538.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 129
Ruth Page: Once upon a dancer [videorecording]
Ruth Page Video Archives ; 129
Documentary on the life and work of Ruth Page, profusely illustrated with film and video footage of her ballets. The documentary follows her from her childhood in Indianapolis to her membership in the Pavlova, Bolm, and Ballets Russes companies; her marriage to Tom Fisher; her collaborations with Harald Kreutzberg and Isamu Noguchi; the creation of her early works for Chicago's first ballet company, and her Americana ballets, notably Frankie and Johnny; her choreography for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; her opera ballets and ballet versions of operas; the establishment of the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance; and television re-creations of her ballets. Commentaries are offered by her brother Irvine; critics Clive Barnes, Anna Kisselgoff, and Ann Barzel; arts administrator Ardis Krainik; dancers Betsy Ross Davis, Frederic Franklin, and Maria Tallchief; as well as several longtime members of her Chicago-based companies: Larry Long, Orrin Kayan, Dolores Lipinski, Kenneth Johnson, and Patricia Klekovic. Represented in brief dance excerpts are Adolph Bolm's Danse macabre, The flapper and the quarterback, Variations on Euclid, Love song, An American pattern, Delirious delusion, Hear ye! Hear ye!, Bolero, Frankie and Johnny, The bells, Billy Sunday, Susanna and the barber, Mephistophela, Camille, The merry widow, Die Fledermaus, Carmina burana, Carmen, The nutcracker, and Alice.
Local Subject
Ballet in television. Ruth Page: Once upon a dancer.
Added Author
Bolm, Adolf, 1894-1951, choreographer.
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991, choreographer.
Barnes, Clive, 1927-2008. Commentator
Kisselgoff, Anna. Commentator
Page, Irvine H. (Irvine Heinly), 1901- Commentator
Klekovic, Patricia. Commentator
Johnson, Kenneth. Commentator
Ross, Betsy. Commentator
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013. Commentator
Long, Larry, 1936-2009. Commentator
Kayan, Orrin. Commentator
Lipinski, Dolores. Commentator
Barzel, Ann. Commentator
Tandy, Jessica. Narrator
Delfau, André. Designer
Tallchief, Maria. Commentator
Stone, Bentley. Commentator
Caravette, Loretta. Producer
Flaum, Thea. Producer. Author
Added Title
Frankie and Johnny (Choreographic work : Page and Stone, B)
Billy Sunday (Choreographic work : Page)
Fledermaus (Choreographic work : Page)
Carmen (Choreographic work : Page)
Merry widow (Choreographic work : Page)
Gift of Ruth Page Foundation.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 129
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