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Celebrating John Butler
Additional title: Mark of Cain (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: Three promenades with the Lord (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: Touch of loss (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: Carmina burana (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: According to Eve (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: After Eden (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: Portrait of Billie (Choreographic work : Butler)
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Butler, John, 1920-1993 (Choreographer)
Nichols, Madeleine M. (Speaker)
Venza, Jac (Producer)
Venza, Jac (Moderator)
Tetley, Glen (Commentator)
Hinkson, Mary (Commentator)
De Lavallade, Carmen, 1931- (Commentator)
De Lavallade, Carmen, 1931- (Dancer)
Conde, Felisa (Commentator)
Lee, Sondra (Commentator)
McLerie, Allyn Ann, 1926- (Commentator)
Perry, Igal (Commentator)
Barrios, María Eugenia (Commentator)
Zaks, Offer (Commentator)
Rhodes, Lawrence (Commentator)
Jamison, Judith (Dancer)
Dove, Ulysses (Commentator)
Holder, Geoffrey, 1930-2014 (Photographer)
Holder, Geoffrey, 1930-2014 (Speaker)
Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007 (Composer)
Holder, Leo (Videographer)
Kassel, Virginia (Producer)
Blumenthal, Sallie (Associated name)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Performer)
Butler, John, 1920-1993 (Interviewee)
Butler, John, 1920-1993 (Dancer)
Tetley, Glen (Dancer)
Hinkson, Mary (Dancer)
Lee, Sondra (Dancer)
Rhodes, Lawrence (Dancer)
Jamison, Judith (Commentator)
Dove, Ulysses (Dancer)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1993-12-06
Table of Contents
CONTENTS: Cassette 1 (approx. 62 min.): Introductory remarks by Madeleine Nichols, curator of the Dance Collection. -- The early years. Panelists: Glen Tetley, Felisa Conde Vanoff, Mary Hinkson, Carmen de Lavallade, and Sondra Lee. Remarks by Allyn Ann McLerie are relayed by Venza. Editor, still photographs: Geoffrey Holder. The panelists, members of Butler's first companies in the U.S., recall his work during the early years of television, his opera ballets, and his participation in the first Festivals of Two Worlds organized by Gian-Carlo Menotti in Spoleto. Works discussed include Amahl and the night visitors, Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola, Aida, Bluebeard's castle, The glory folk, Triad, Masque of the wildman, Malocchio, In the beginning, The sibyl, Touch of loss, Nausicaa, and Carmina burana. -- Videotape excerpts: A choreographer at work: Interview with Butler by Martha Myers, telecast in 1959. -- Amahl and the night visitors: trio. Recorded in 1952. Perf. by Butler, Tetley, and Mary Hinkson. -- The mark of Cain. Telecast in 1963. Perf. by De Lavallade, Wesley Fata, Scott Douglas, Tetley, and others. -- Cassette 2 (approx. 49 min.). The early years, continued. -- Videotape excerpts: A choreographer at work: Interview with Butler. See credits above. -- A choreographer at work: Three promenades with the Lord. See production credits above. Perf. by Butler, De Lavallade, Lee, Bambi Linn, James Moore, Charles |||| Saint-Amant, and Tetley. -- Five ballets of the five senses. Telecast in 1967. Montage, followed by Touch of loss, perf. by De Lavallade and Mildred Dunnock. -- Echoes of jazz: duet. Telecast in 1965. Perf. by Butler and Hinkson. -- Carmina burana. Telecast in 1964. Perf. by Nederlands Dans Theater. -- Cassette 3 (approx. 52 min.): Overseas, Harkness, and Ailey. Panelists: Igal Perry, Offer Zaks, Maria Zaks [María Eugenia Barrios?], Lawrence Rhodes, and Judith Jamison. Topics include Butler's freelance choreography abroad, especially in Israel and Venezuela, and works he created for Carla Fracci, the Harkness Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Works discussed include Paradise lost, Sebastian, After Eden, According to Eve, Facets, and Portrait of Billie. -- Videotape excerpts: According to Eve. Recorded in 1972 (?). Perf. by Jamison, Michihiko Oka, and Masazumi Chaya of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. -- After Eden. Telecast in 1971. Introduction by Butler. Perf. by Rhodes and Lone Isaksen. -- Last rehearsal. Discussion by De Lavallade and Ulysses Dove on the genesis of Portrait of Billie and its 1992 revival. -- Videotape excerpt: Portrait of Billie. Recorded by Leo Holder at Jacob's Pillow, 1992. Perf. by De Lavallade and Dove. -- Final word by Geoffrey Holder.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2309
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4131 (former)
Butler, John, 1920-1993
Harkness Ballet
Festival of Two Worlds
Glory folk (Choreographic work : Butler)
Sebastian (Choreographic work : Butler)
Celebrating John Butler (1993 : New York Public Library)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Panel discussions
Venue: Videotaped for the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image by Penny Ward/Video at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, on December 6, 1993, with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Producer: Jac Venza. Associate producer: Virginia Kassel. Coordinator for Public Programs for the Dance Collection: Sallie Blumenthal.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (U-matic) (163 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
One-day symposium celebrating John Butler's achievements as dancer, choreographer, and director in the fields of concert dance, opera, and educational and commercial television. For a videotape containing only the film and video excerpts shown during this symposium, see: *MGZIC 9-4130.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY946068942-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12176160
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7469a2b0-9004-0135-c465-7550a3c03a63
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Celebrating John Butler