Behind the scenes with the Royal BalletAdditional title: Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : MacMillan)Additional title: Monotones nos. 1 and 2 (Choreographic work : Ashton)
NamesAshton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988 (Commentator)Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)Seymour, Lynn, 1939- (Dancer)Gable, Christopher (Dancer)Dowell, Anthony (Dancer)Lorrayne, Vyvyan (Dancer)Mead, Robert, 1940-1988 (Dancer)Georgiadis, Nicholas, 1925-2001 (Designer)Voyantzis, Ion (Producer)Snell, Peter, 1941- (Producer)Royal Ballet (Production company)
General Dance Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1965 (Inferred)Place: United Kingdom
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 5084Shelf locator: *MGZHB 12-2651 (former)
TopicsBallet -- England -- 1965-1969Covent Garden Theatre
GenresFilmed danceDocumentary filmsMotion picturesDance rehearsalsFilmed performances
NotesStatement of responsibility: Presented by Peter Snell and Ion Voyantzis ; written, produced and directed by Ion Voyantzis ; executive producer, Peter Snell.Content: Part of this film appears on *MGZIC 9-2607 Pas de quatre [and] Raymonda: Excerpt [and] La bayadère: Excerpt [and] Le corsaire pas de deux [and] Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet: Excerpt [and] Black swan pas de deux [videorecording].Performers: Interviewee: Frederick Ashton.Performers: Dancers: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Lynn Seymour, Christopher Gable, Anthony Dowell, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Robert Mead.Performers: Also appearing in this film: Austin Bennett, Paul Brown, Peter Courtier, Norman Dixon, Edna Downing (pianist), Leslie Edwards, Nicholas Georgiadis, Diane Horsham, Morgan Rendell, Antony Twiner (solo pianist), Sidney Wheeler.Creation/production credits: Telecast by the British Broadcasting Corporation on April 14, 1966.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., b&w.
DescriptionDocumentary on the Royal Ballet, focusing on rehearsals for two ballets: Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, and Frederick Ashton's Monotones no. 2. In voiceover commentaries, Ashton talks about the company; the importance of the production of Romeo and Juliet, which had multiple casts; and the creation of Monotones. Two of the casts for Romeo and Juliet, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, and Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, are seen rehearsing the three major pas de deux in the ballet (balcony scene, crypt, bedroom). The ballet's designer, Nicholas Georgiadis, confers with Covent Garden staff members on the ballet's sets, and discusses details of a costume with Lynn Seymour. Ashton is seen working in the studio on Monotones no. 2, danced by Anthony Dowell, Vyvyan Lorrayne and Robert Mead.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY99-F1172NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14327930Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5344c7b0-97c5-0134-84e3-00505686a51c
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