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Suzanne Farrell coaching Meditation

Title
Suzanne Farrell coaching Meditation [videorecording] / the George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; editor, Virginia Brooks ; associate director, Nichol Hlinka ; choreography, George Balanchine ; music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky ; [coaching by] Suzanne Farrell.
Publication
New York, N.Y. : George Balanchine Foundation, 2012.

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Additional Authors
  • Balanchine, George
  • Farrell, Suzanne, 1945-
  • Jackson, George, 1931-
  • Holowchuk, Elisabeth
  • Cook, Michael
  • Sales, Glenn
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893.
  • Fehl, Fred
  • Reynolds, Nancy, 1938-
  • Brooks, Virginia Loring
  • Hlinka, Nichol
  • Otterson, William
  • Padilla, Pedro
  • Ratz, Ishai
  • New York City Ballet, dancer.
  • George Balanchine Foundation, producer.
  • George Balanchine Foundation, donor.
Description
1 streaming video file (84 min.) : sound, color.
Summary
Suzanne Farrell discusses George Balanchine's Meditation, which was the first ballet Balanchine created for Farrell; where she learned that this was happening; how did she discover what Meditation would be; how was she dressed for the first rehearsal; when did the costume dress come into the process; Jacques d'Amboise's original outfit for the opening night, and how it changed to a more contemporary costume after that performance; wearing her hair down for the first time on stage and how that affected her movement; the importance of the eyes in this work; how Farrell had trouble with the opening entrance; Balanchine leaving for Hamburg during the middle of the rehearsal process so didn't work on Meditation for several weeks at that point; how this piece has very detailed movement but not typical Balanchine steps; Farrell's book entitled, Holding onto the Air, refers to a comment Balanchine made to her during the choreographic process of the opening entrance; how learning and teaching the man's role has been an advantage for her; Balanchine giving the piece to her in 1965 and how he didn't want anyone else to perform it, so she didn't let other companies perform it until after Balanchine's death; how Farrell starts teaching this ballet; Balanchine wanting visual expressions to come out of the movement and music; and the bond that Balanchine and Farrell had because of how they listening to music in the same way.
Series Statement
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters archive
Uniform Title
  • Meditation (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
  • George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters archive.
Alternative Title
Meditation
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Video.
  • Filmed dance.
  • Interviews.
  • Nonfiction films.
Note
  • Title from opening video credits.
Access (note)
  • Patrons can access streaming video files online only onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Credits (note)
  • Music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (Meditation, Op. 42, no. 1, from Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, three pieces for piano and violin, 1878, orchestrated by Alexander Glazounov) ; costumes, Karinska ; technical director, William Otterson ; camera, Pedro Padilla ; sound, Ishai Ratz ; boom operator, Erin B. Tinsley ; production and post production, Otterson Creative Media, Inc.; on-line editor, Pedro Padilla ; photographer, Fred Fehl.
Funding (note)
  • This project was assisted by a special grant for The National Endowment for the Arts.
Terms of Use (note)
  • "This tape has been produced for archival purposes with released funds from the Nancy Remick Reynolds Endowment for the George Balanchine Foundation. Requests for any other use of the material shold be directed in writing to: The George Balanchine Foundation, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10023." -- Credits.
Source (note)
  • George Balanchine Foundation;
Biography (note)
  • Meditation premiered on December 10, 1963 by New York City Ballet at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with Suzanne Farrell and Jacques d'Amboise.
Contents
Coaching session & Run-through with piano (51 min.) / coach, Suzanne Farrell ; dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk and Michael Cook -- Run-through with violin recording (approximately 10 min.) / dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk and Michael Cook -- Interview (23 min.) / interviewee, Suzanne Farrell ; interviewer, George Jackson.
Call Number
*MGZIDF 2555
OCLC
  • 883746386
  • 883746386
Title
Suzanne Farrell coaching Meditation [videorecording] / the George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; editor, Virginia Brooks ; associate director, Nichol Hlinka ; choreography, George Balanchine ; music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky ; [coaching by] Suzanne Farrell.
Production
New York, N.Y. : George Balanchine Foundation, 2012.
Country of Producing Entity
U.S.
Type of Content
two-dimensional moving image
Type of Medium
computer
video
Type of Carrier
online resource
Series
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters archive
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters archive.
Original Version
Original format: 1 Betacam ; 1/2 in.
Restricted Access
Patrons can access streaming video files online only onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Credits
Music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (Meditation, Op. 42, no. 1, from Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, three pieces for piano and violin, 1878, orchestrated by Alexander Glazounov) ; costumes, Karinska ; technical director, William Otterson ; camera, Pedro Padilla ; sound, Ishai Ratz ; boom operator, Erin B. Tinsley ; production and post production, Otterson Creative Media, Inc.; on-line editor, Pedro Padilla ; photographer, Fred Fehl.
Performer
Interviewer, George Jackson ; pianist, Glenn Sales.
Dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk (soloist, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet) and Michael Cook (principal dancer, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet).
Event
Videotaped during rehearsal and interview at the Eisenhower studio, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. on 2009 September 10-11.
Funding
This project was assisted by a special grant for The National Endowment for the Arts.
Terms Of Use
"This tape has been produced for archival purposes with released funds from the Nancy Remick Reynolds Endowment for the George Balanchine Foundation. Requests for any other use of the material shold be directed in writing to: The George Balanchine Foundation, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10023." -- Credits.
Biography
Meditation premiered on December 10, 1963 by New York City Ballet at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with Suzanne Farrell and Jacques d'Amboise.
Source
Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.
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Local Subject
Partnering in dance.
Interpretation in dance performance.
Added Author
Balanchine, George, choreographer.
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- teacher.
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- interviewee.
Jackson, George, 1931- interviewer.
Holowchuk, Elisabeth, dancer.
Cook, Michael, dancer.
Sales, Glenn, instrumentalist.
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Souvenir d'un lieu cher. Méditation; arranged.
Fehl, Fred, photographer.
Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- project director.
Brooks, Virginia Loring, editor of moving image work.
Hlinka, Nichol, director.
Otterson, William, technical director.
Padilla, Pedro, videographer.
Padilla, Pedro, editor of moving image work.
Ratz, Ishai, sound designer.
New York City Ballet, dancer.
George Balanchine Foundation, producer.
George Balanchine Foundation, donor.
Added Title
Container of (work): Meditation (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Research Call Number
*MGZIDF 2555
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