Dancing For Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas

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Overview

Ballet and modern dance (a closely related artform) owe an unpayable debt to the Russian emigre choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983). In addition to being a master teacher, a famously demanding and perfectionistic director of both the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, as a choreographer he developed a new language of dance expression which was less ethereal, more immediate, than the previous century's classical ballet. In so doing, he created a uniquely "American" ballet, and ...
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Overview

Ballet and modern dance (a closely related artform) owe an unpayable debt to the Russian emigre choreographer George Balanchine (1904-1983). In addition to being a master teacher, a famously demanding and perfectionistic director of both the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, as a choreographer he developed a new language of dance expression which was less ethereal, more immediate, than the previous century's classical ballet. In so doing, he created a uniquely "American" ballet, and established America as a powerhouse in the ballet world. He was a friend of the great artists of his era, from composer Igor Stravinsky to poet W.H. Auden. This documentary includes film of some of the works he choreographed, as well as reminiscences of some of his dedicated dancers. His troubled personal life is only glancingly alluded to: the focus of this documentary is on his transcendent artistry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • UPC: 032031440791
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,790

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria Tallchief
Mary Ellen Moylan
Melissa Hayden
Allegra Kent
Merrill Ashley
Darci Kistler
Marian Seldes Voice Only
Alla Edwards Participant
Paul Patton Participant
Suzanne Farrell Participant
Tanaquil Le Clercq Participant
Diana Adams Participant
Technical Credits
Anne Belle Director, Producer
Deborah Dickson Editor
Don Lenzer Cinematographer
Peter Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Ney Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
1. Introduction/Opening [2:41]
2. Maria Tallchief [1:50]
3. Mary Ellen Moylan [6:30]
4. The Four Temperaments [3:47]
5. The Four Temperaments [3:30]
6. Melissa Hayden [2:23]
7. Firebird [3:24]
8. Serenade [2:57]
9. Concerto Barocco [1:25]
10. Scotch Symphony [2:49]
11. Don Quixote [:45]
12. Allegra Kent [5:14]
13. Stars and Stripes [5:20]
14. Agon [1:15]
15. Symphony in C [2:30]
16. Tchaikovsky pas de deux [:45]
17. Merrill Ashley [4:58]
18. Apollo [3:26]
19. Symphony in C [6:39]
20. Ballo Della Regina [:56]
21. Darci Kistler [2:53]
22. Swan Lake [6:00]
23. The Four Temperaments [2:44]
24. La Sonnambula [5:46]
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