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THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION DONATES
SEVEN ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL TAPES TO
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

NEW YORK CITY - The George Balanchine Foundation is pleased to announce the donation of seven additional tapes in its archival video series to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. With the addition of these new tapes, The Performing Arts Library now houses a total of 21 completed archival tapes from The Foundation’s series. Adding to both the Archive of Lost Choreography and the Interpreters Archive, these tapes capture the artistry of Todd Bolender, Frederic Franklin, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent and Maria Tallchief as they coach Balanchine repertory with dancers from several top American dance companies. The seven new videotapes donated to The Performing Arts Library record coaching and recovery sessions of excerpts from Raymonda, The Four Temperaments, Donizetti Variations, Bugaku, La Sonnambula, Firebird, Apollo and Swan Lake. Dancers participating in the videos include: Peter Boal, Albert Evans, Janie Taylor (New York City Ballet); Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre); Christopher Barksdale (Kansas City Ballet), and Maria Terezia Balough, Michael Clark, Todd Edson and Maria Thomas (Forth Worth Dallas Ballet). On-screen interviews and discussions were conducted by noted dance scholars and journalists: Mindy Aloff, Nancy Goldner, Robert Gottlieb, Robert Greskovic and Nancy Reynolds, The Foundation’s director of research. Inaugurated in 1994 with funds generated by the Nancy Remick Reynolds Endowment, the video archive program retrieves Balanchine choreography no longer in repertory and preserves the interpretations of performers who worked with him in the studio. The tapes encompass two collections: The Archive of Lost Choreography and The Interpreters Archive. All are shot with broadcast-quality equipment. The new videotapes are not for sale to the general public. Copies are made available for on-site viewing in accredited repositories on a non-restrictive basis. Since the program was first created, more than 50 research institutions in this country and abroad have added The George Balanchine Video Archives to their non-circulating collections.

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THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION
New Video Archive Tapes donated to The Performing Arts Library

ARCHIVE OF LOST CHOREOGRAPHY
FREDERIC FRANKLIN Recreating five female solos from Raymonda (1946), interspersed with later variations to the same music from Pas de Dix, Raymonda Variations, and Cortège Hongrois
Choreography: George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova, after Petipa
Music: Alexander Glazounov
Dancers: Peter Boal, soloists and corps members of New York City Ballet
Interviewer: Mindy Aloff
Taped: September 13 & 14, 1998, and October 18, 1999, New York City
Length: 90 minutes

INTERPRETERS ARCHIVE

TODD BOLENDER Coaching the Phlegmatic variation from The Four Temperaments
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Paul Hindemith
Dancers: Albert Evans (New York City Ballet), with Christopher Barksdale (State
Ballet of Missouri)
Interviewer: Robert Greskovic
Taped: September 15, 1997, New York City
Length: 113 minutes

MELISSA HAYDEN Coaching excerpts from Donizetti Variations
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Dancers: Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre), Peter Boal (New York City Ballet)
Interviewer: Nancy Reynolds
Taped: November 22 & 23, 1999, New York City
Length: 69 minutes

ALLEGRA KENT Coaching excerpts from Bugaku
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Toshino Mayuzumi
Dancers: Janie Taylor, Albert Evans (New York City Ballet)
Interviewer: Robert Gottlieb
Taped: October 17, 1999, New York City
Length: 97 minutes

New Video Archive Tapes donated to The Performing Arts Library
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ALLEGRA KENT Coaching excerpts from La Sonnambula
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Vittorio Rieti
Dancers: Janie Taylor, Peter Boal (New York City Ballet)
Interviewer: Robert Gottlieb
Taped: October 18, 1999, New York City
Length: 65 minutes

MARIA TALLCHIEF Coaching excerpts from Firebird (II)
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Dancers: Maria Thomas, Todd Edson (Fort Worth Dallas Ballet)
Interviewer: Nancy Goldner
Taped: May 31 & June 1, 1997, Fort Worth, Texas
Length: 101 minutes

MARIA TALLCHIEF Coaching excerpts from Apollo and Swan Lake
Choreography: George Balanchine; George Balanchine, after Ivanov
Music: Igor Stravinsky; Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Dancers: Maria Terezia Balough, Michael Clark, Todd Edson (Fort Worth Dallas
Ballet)
Interviewer: Nancy Goldner
Taped: May 31 & June 1, 1997, Fort Worth, Texas
Length: 107 minutes


 

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