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Portrait of Celia Franca

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Portrait of Celia Franca
Franca, Celia, 1921- (Interviewee)
Oliphant, Betty, 1918- (Interviewee)
Crum, George, 1926- (Interviewee)
Campbell, Norman, 1924-2004 (Interviewee)
Tennant, Veronica (Interviewee)
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Interviewee)
Brown, Don (Producer)
Thomson, Lorraine (Producer)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Producer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1982
Place: Canada
Publisher: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8817
Franca, Celia, 1921-
National Ballet of Canada
Dance companies -- Canada
Creation/production credits: CBC Film Productions ; produced and directed by Don Brown.
Creation/production credits: Associate producer and interviewer, Lorraine Thomson.
Performers: Interviewees: Celia Franca, with Betty Oliphant, George Crum, Norman Campbell, Veronica Tennant, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min., 51 sec.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Celia Franca, the British-born co-founder and artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, looks back upon her career, with special emphasis on her achievements with the company. She begins by describing her freelance work since her retirement in 1974, including two working trips to China. She then reminisces about her childhood in London, her studies with Antony Tudor, and her experiences as dancer and balletmistress for the Metropolitan Ballet. She recalls her invitation to Canada in 1950, the early years of the National Ballet of Canada, and some highlights of its history. Contributing their special insights are her colleagues and collaborators Betty Oliphant, principal of the National Ballet School; musical director George Crum; CBC-TV producer Norman Campbell, and the dancers Veronica Tennant and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Franca also discusses her approach to teaching ballet, and is seen working with a class of teenaged dancers.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13681532
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 55f201b0-a1dd-0138-ee23-08d53aabd9c1
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Item timeline of events

  • 1982: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Portrait of Celia Franca" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1982.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Portrait of Celia Franca" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 10, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1982). Portrait of Celia Franca Retrieved from

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Portrait of Celia Franca