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Victor Jessen Video Archive

Collection Data

Description
The Victor Jessen Video archive comprises 44 videos documenting various aspects of his work.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Topics
Ballet
Jessen, Victor
Notes
Biographical/historical: Victor Jessen (1901-1995) was a Danish-born engineer who moved to Los Angeles in 1929. Beginning in the 1930s he filmed dance performances, without permission, in order to preserve them for future audiences. In 1954, Jessen created a black-and-white film of Gaîté Parisienne starring Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin and Leon Danielian, by splicing together strips of film he had surreptitiously recorded in theaters during performances by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo over a ten-year period (1944–1954) and then editing the footage to conform to a sound recording he had also secretly made.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Identifiers
Other local Identifier: Victor Jessen Video Archive
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b801f6a0-0d99-0131-7e11-3c075448cc4b
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