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This documentary examines the life and career of choreographer George Balanchine through interviews, photographs and rare archival footage of the dancer himself.
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This documentary examines the life and career of choreographer George Balanchine through interviews, photographs and rare archival footage of the dancer himself.
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American ballet legend George Balanchine (1904-83) ranks among the most significant and influential figures in 20th-century dance, and his legacy lives on in his prolific body of revolutionary choreographic work. This two-hour documentary, originally produced for the Dance in America series in 1984, celebrates his artistry and craftsmanship. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Balanchine achieved acclaim with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes before moving to the United States in 1933. The following year, he founded the School of American Ballet in partnership with Lincoln Kirstein, and in 1948 he and Kirstein created the New York City Ballet, where Balanchine served as creative director until his death in 1983. Balanchine offers a remarkable collection of archival audio and video footage, including rare films, tapes, interviews, and photographs. The first hour explores Balanchine's life and career, encompassing his early years at the Mariinsky Theatre, his work for Hollywood and Broadway, and his achievements with the New York City Ballet. The second hour focuses on the themes of Balanchine's work and his thoughts on dance making, drawing on interviews with the choreographer as well as footage from some of his most acclaimed ballets, including Chaconne, Agon, Symphony in C, Serenade, Apollo, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jewel, The Four Temperaments, and Western Symphony. It's a must for dance enthusiasts of any stripe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 032031244894
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,747

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Langella Voice Only
Technical Credits
Merrill Brockway Director
Girish Bhargava Editor
Holly Brubach Screenwriter
Glenn DuBose Associate Producer
Judy Kinberg Producer
Jac Venza Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Introduction [1:53]
3. Imperial Russia [2:48]
4. Diaghileff [4:20]
5. Apollo [4:13]
6. Prodigal Son [6:29]
7. Itinerant Choreographer [2:55]
8. Arrival in New York [1:17]
9. Serenade [4:26]
10. The American Ballet [3:00]
11. Hollywood [5:20]
12. The Ballet Society [:48]
13. Melancholic [2:19]
14. New York City Ballet [:33]
15. Concerto Barocco [1:28]
16. Orpheus [1:35]
17. Symphony in C [1:44]
18. The Nutcracker [2:16]
19. Western Symphony [2:04]
20. The Unanswered Question [1:56]
21. Square Dance [2:51]
22. Stars & Stripes [1:46]
23. Chaconne [4:02]
24. Apollo [2:01]
25. Agon [2:25]
26. Scotch Symphony [1:48]
27. La Valse [:22]
28. Concerto Barocco [:24]
29. Elegie [:26]
30. Ivesiana [:09]
31. Divertimento No. 15 [:18]
32. Who Cares? [:09]
33. The Four Temperaments [:33]
34. Ballo Della Regina [:28]
35. Symphony in C [1:59]
36. Movements for Piano and Orchestra [1:14]
37. Liebeslieder Walzer [2:20]
38. Don Quixote [:18]
39. A Midsummer Night's Dream [2:43]
40. The Figure in the Carpet [4:13]
41. Who Cares? [1:05]
42. Tzigane [1:45]
43. Pas de Deux [6:10]
44. Ballo Della Regina [1:21]
45. Jewels: Diamonds [8:59]
46. Stravinsky Violin Concerto [4:25]
47. Davidsbündlertanze [2:03]
48. Death of Balanchine [3:52]
49. Credits [1:11]
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