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THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION ISSUES SEVEN NEW ARCHIVAL VIDEOS
NEW YORK CITY - The George Balanchine Foundation is pleased to announce seven additions to its two-part archival video series. These videos are devoted to an examination of selected passages of Balanchine's choreography in detail. In a studio setting, originators or major interpreters of some of his greatest works teach, coach, and discuss their parts with dancers of today (Interpreters Archive). Other veteran Balanchine principals restore choreography not performed for many years and in danger of permanently disappearing (Archive of Lost Choreography). The overall goal of the Video Archives Program is to create an original "manuscript" of Balanchine's ballets by preserving not only the steps but the nuances of the choreography as Balanchine taught it to his original casts.
Coaches in the 2007 series include Todd Bolender, Frederic Franklin, Stanley Zompakos, Suzanne Farrell, Melissa Hayden, Arthur Mitchell, Nancy Mann, and Maria Tallchief. As if to acknowledge how widespread the performance of Balanchine ballets has become, participating dancers hail from Kansas City Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The release of the seven new videos brings the series total to twenty-eight. Edited master tapes are preserved in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. For a nominal fee, copies are made available to non-circulating research repositories; some 70 libraries worldwide presently house the collection. For the first time, the videos are offered as DVDs as well as VHS videotapes.
"There is no more urgent priority at the moment than the documentation of Balanchine's teaching and philosophy by those who worked directly with him." - Arlene Croce, (formerly) The New Yorker
For a complete list of videos shot to date and the archives housing the edited tapes, visit: https://balanchine.org/03/gbfvideoarchives.jsp
The George Balanchine Foundation is a not for profit corporation founded in 1983. Its mission is to create programs that educate the public and further Balanchine's work and aesthetic in order to facilitate high standards of excellence in dance and related arts. In addition to the two video archives, the Foundation's projects include: Popular Balanchine, a major research effort involving some 40 scholars, devoted to documenting Balanchine's choreography for the popular stage and screen; an oral history with the noted premier danseur Frederic Franklin, based on over 4,000 documents of Sergei Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo held by the Dance Division of the New York Public Library; an educational video entitled Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky, created by the musicologist and dance historian Stephanie Jordan; a revised and updated electronic edition of the definitive catalogue raisonné of Balanchine's choreographic output; adding soundtracks to silent films of Balanchine choreography; and Mediatext, a multimedia technology that will provide a rich electronic archive of dance-related source materials to be accessible over the Internet.