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The ballerinas. Presentational material, unedited segments [videorecording]

Title
The ballerinas. Presentational material, unedited segments [videorecording] / Polivideo and TVE ; directed by Beppe Menegatti and Tazio Tami ; produced by Joseph Wishy and Tazio Tami.
Publication
Polivideo, TVE, 1984.

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Description
2 videocassettes (87 min.) : sd., col. PAL; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Donor/Sponsor
Joseph Wishy Collection. Gift of Frederick Wildfoerster.
Uniform Title
  • Cachucha (Choreographic work : Elssler)
  • Coppelia (Choreographic work)
  • Giselle (Choreographic work)
  • Papillon (Choreographic work : Lacotte after Taglioni, M)
  • Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Petipa, M)
  • Sylphide (Choreographic work)
  • Sylphides (Choreographic work : Fokin)
  • Three-cornered hat (Choreographic work : Massine)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Plays.
  • Video.
Note
  • For the completed program, see *MGZIA 4-780 The ballerinas.
  • Original container dated 9.11.84 (November 9, 1984 or September 11, 1984).
Access (note)
  • Permission required.
Credits (note)
  • Original idea, Beppe Menegatti ; script, Domenico De Martino ; scenery and costumes, Luisa Spinatelli ; director of photography, Giuliano Giustini.
Performer (note)
  • Peter Ustinov (Théophile Gautier, Sergei Diaghilev) ; Carla Fracci (Marie Taglioni, Fanny Elssler, Carlotta Grisi, Emma Livry, Giuseppina Bozzacchi, Carlotta Brianza, Mathilde Kshessinska, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtzeva) ; and others.
Contents
  • Cassette 1. Act One. Paris, 1870 (ca. 41 min.) / dance excerpts are: La sylphide (1832) [Act II, pas de deux of the Sylphide and James] / danced by Fracci (Marie Taglioni), Peter Schaufuss (Joseph Mazilier) -- La cachucha (1836) / choreography adapted by Ann Hutchinson Guest ; danced by Fracci (Fanny Elssler) -- Giselle (1841) / brief excerpts from Act I, danced by Fracci (Carlotta Grisi) and a dancer playing Jules Perrot -- Le papillon (1860) [pas de deux] / choreography, Pierre Lacotte ; danced by Fracci (Emma Livry), Michael Denard (Louis Mérante) -- Coppélia (1870) [solo excerpts for Swanhilda] / danced by Fracci (Giuseppina Bozzacchi) -- [Solo in Coppélia costume] (no audio) / danced by Fracci ; in the completed program, this segment appears under the closing credits for Part One.
  • Cassette 2. Act Two. Paris, 1921 (ca. 46 min.) / dance excerpts are: The sleeping beauty (1890) [Act III, adagio of grand pas de deux] / danced by Fracci (Carlotta Brianza), Richard Cragun (Pavel Gerdt) -- Les sylphides (1909) [pas de deux] / danced by Fracci (Anna Pavlova), Charles Jude (Vaslav Nijinsky) -- The three-cornered hat (1919) [the miller's farruca] / danced by José Antonio (Felix Fernandez Garcia) ; followed by a dramatic sequence with Fracci as Tamara Karsavina -- The sleeping beauty (1921) [Act I, Rose adagio] / wide shot only ; danced by Fracci (Olga Spessivtseva), with four men ; preceded by brief excerpts from Aurora's Act III variation, danced by Fracci as Brianza and Spessivtseva.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-4506
Title
The ballerinas. Presentational material, unedited segments [videorecording] / Polivideo and TVE ; directed by Beppe Menegatti and Tazio Tami ; produced by Joseph Wishy and Tazio Tami.
Imprint
Polivideo, TVE, 1984.
Credits
Original idea, Beppe Menegatti ; script, Domenico De Martino ; scenery and costumes, Luisa Spinatelli ; director of photography, Giuliano Giustini.
Cast
Peter Ustinov (Théophile Gautier, Sergei Diaghilev) ; Carla Fracci (Marie Taglioni, Fanny Elssler, Carlotta Grisi, Emma Livry, Giuseppina Bozzacchi, Carlotta Brianza, Mathilde Kshessinska, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtzeva) ; and others.
Performer
Music recorded by the Polish Radio National Orchestra of Katowice, directed by Andrzej Straszynski.
Summary
Unedited footage for a made-for-television drama in two parts, celebrating the great ballerinas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, as remembered by two pivotal historical figures: the poet and critic Théophile Gautier, and the impresario Serge Diaghilev, both played by Peter Ustinov. Carla Fracci plays all of the leading ballerinas, each of whom is featured in a significant ballet from her repertory. She is supported by an international cast of male ballet stars. This tape lacks two of the dance segments seen in the completed program (excerpts from Act II of Giselle, and Esmeralda), as well as a montage of Fracci (as Tamara Karsavina) and Charles Jude (as Vaslav Nijinsky) in costume for the ballets Petrouchka, the Firebird, and Pulcinella. Also, some of the actors on this tape speak their lines in Italian; these sections are dubbed in English in the completed program.
Restricted Access
Permission required.
Added Author
Fracci, Carla, dancer.
Ustinov, Peter, actor.
Schaufuss, Peter, dancer.
Denard, Michaël, dancer.
Cragun, Richard, dancer.
Jefferies, Stephen, dancer.
Jude, Charles, 1953- dancer.
Ruiz, José Antonio, dancer.
Straszyński, Andrzej. Conductor
Menegatti, Beppe. Director. Conceptor
Tami, Tazio. Producer. Director
Wishy, Joseph. Producer
Guest, Ann Hutchinson, choreographer.
Lacotte, Pierre, 1932- choreographer.
Spinatelli, Luisa. Designer. Costume designer
Polskie Radio. Wielka Orkiestra Symfoniczna.
Polivideo (Firm)
Televisión Española.
DHCA.
Added Title
Sylphide (Choreographic work)
Giselle (Choreographic work)
Papillon (Choreographic work : Lacotte after Taglioni, M)
Cachucha (Choreographic work : Elssler)
Coppelia (Choreographic work)
Three-cornered hat (Choreographic work : Massine)
Sylphides (Choreographic work : Fokin)
Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Petipa, M)
Joseph Wishy Collection. Gift of Frederick Wildfoerster.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-4506
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