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Alicia Alonso coaching excerpts from Theme and variations

Title
Alicia Alonso coaching excerpts from Theme and variations [videorecording] / The George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; [video] directed and produced by Catherine Tatge ; choreography by George Balanchine ; music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (final movement of Suite No. 3 for orchestra in G major, 1884)
Publication
U.S. : The George Balanchine Foundation, c1998.

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Description
1 videocassette (VHS, NTSC) (86 min.) : sd., col.; 1/2 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of The George Balanchine Foundation.
Series Statement
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Uniform Title
Theme and variations (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Interviews.
  • Video.
Credits (note)
  • Director of photography, Joel Shapiro ; camera, Miguel Armstrong ; sound, Eddie O'Conner ; editing, Virginia Brooks ; production, International Cultural Programming ; associate producers, Lorie Barber (The George Balanchine Foundation), Dahvi Waller (International Cultural Programming).
Performer (note)
  • Pianist, Gladys Celeste.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at City Center studios, New York, N.Y., on January 29-30, 1998.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-3822
OCLC
  • 42775050
  • 42775050
Title
Alicia Alonso coaching excerpts from Theme and variations [videorecording] / The George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; [video] directed and produced by Catherine Tatge ; choreography by George Balanchine ; music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (final movement of Suite No. 3 for orchestra in G major, 1884)
Imprint
U.S. : The George Balanchine Foundation, c1998.
Country of Producing Entity
U.S.
Series
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Event
Videotaped at City Center studios, New York, N.Y., on January 29-30, 1998.
Credits
Director of photography, Joel Shapiro ; camera, Miguel Armstrong ; sound, Eddie O'Conner ; editing, Virginia Brooks ; production, International Cultural Programming ; associate producers, Lorie Barber (The George Balanchine Foundation), Dahvi Waller (International Cultural Programming).
Performer
Danced by Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella, principal dancers of American Ballet Theatre.
Ballet mistress, Josefina Méndez.
Cast
Pianist, Gladys Celeste.
Performer
Interviewer, Doris Hering.
Summary
Alicia Alonso, who created the ballerina role in George Balanchine's Theme and variations for Ballet Theatre in 1947, coaches Paloma Herrera and Angel Correra in the choreography for the leading female and male dancers in the ballet. The excerpts rehearsed are the opening theme, pas de deux, two male variations, and two female variations. In an interview Alonso recalls the creation of the ballet and the difficulty of its choreography, noting Balanchine's practice of constantly challenging his dancers. She describes the contrasting moods of the ballerina's three solos in the ballet, and the ballet's unusual structure. She discusses Balanchine's musicality, which allowed the whole body to become expressive; the special eloquence of head movements; and the rapport between male and female dancers in pas de deux, with special reference to her longstanding partnership with Igor Youskevitch, who created Theme and variations with her.
Local Subject
Interpretation in dance performance.
Local Subject
Partnering in dance.
Ballet -- Variations.
Added Author
Alonso, Alicia, 1920-2019, interviewee.
Herrera, Paloma, dancer.
Corella, Angel, dancer.
Méndez, Josefina.
Celeste, Gladys, instrumentalist.
Hering, Doris, interviewer.
Balanchine, George, choreographer.
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893, composer.
Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- director.
Tatge, Catherine, producer, director.
Brooks, Virginia Loring.
George Balanchine Foundation.
International Cultural Programming, Inc.
DHCA.
Added Title
Theme and variations (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Gift of The George Balanchine Foundation.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-3822
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