Balanchine rehearses L'enfant et les sortilèges
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Ardolino, Emile (Director)Dunleavy, Rosemary (Commentator)Fitzgerald, Florence (Dancer)Byars, Christopher (Performer)Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 (Composer)New York City Ballet (Dancer)
New York City Ballet Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1981-02-17
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1669
TopicsChild dancersDance rehearsalsLiterature and danceBallet in televisionEnfant et les sortilèges (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Love, KermitKirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Enfant et les sortilèges
GenresVideo recordingsUnedited footageFilmed dance
NotesContent: Title from information provided by donor.Additional physical form: For the finished version of L'enfant et les sortilèges, reconceived for television by George Balanchine and directed by Emile Ardolino, see *MGZIC 9-513 The spellbound child.Venue: Videotaped in studio rehearsal, in rehearsal clothes, with piano and recorded accompaniment, at New York State Theater, New York, on February 17, 1981, by Emile Ardolino's technical crew.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 3 videocassettes (U-matic) (138 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in
DescriptionRehearsals for the Dance in America program The spellbound child, first telecast on May 25, 1981. In the first rehearsal, choreographer George Balanchine, assisted by Rosemary Dunleavy, works on segments from the second scene, set in a garden with a cast of dragonflies, moths, bats, frogs, and an owl. Balanchine works intensively on an encounter between a dragonfly (danced by Florence Fitzgerald) and the child of the title role (Christopher Byars). Some sections are recorded with a wide angle lens, and Balanchine occasionally discusses camera angles with director Emile Ardolino. Kermit Love, the costume designer, is also glimpsed on camera. In the second rehearsal (ca. 25 min.), a group of boys playing toads joins the ensemble. Lincoln Kirstein observes from the sidelines. Balanchine works intensively with Christopher Byars and a male dancer, then with the four women playing the dragonflies. A fish-eye lens is used in some sections.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13250870Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 22eaefe0-f86d-0130-8da4-3c075448cc4b
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