Edward Villella coaching principal roles from Rubies (from Jewels)Additional title: RubiesAdditional title: JewelsAdditional title: Jewels (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Villella, Edward, 1936- (Teacher)Villella, Edward, 1936- (Interviewee)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Interviewer)Kronenberg, Jennifer Carlynn (Dancer)Penteado, Renato (Dancer)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Project director)Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)Hlinka, Nichol (Director)Padilla, Pedro (Editor)Miami City Ballet (Dancer)George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)George Balanchine Foundation (Donor)Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 (Composer)
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 2013Place: New York, N.Y.Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation
Table of ContentsCoaching session: first movement (excerpts) (14 min.) / coach, Edward Villella ; dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado -- Run-through first movement (excerpts) (2 min.) / dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado -- Coaching session: Pas de deux (23 min.) / coach, Edward Villella ; dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado -- Pas de deux complete (6 min.) / dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado -- Coaching session: third movement (excerpts) (6 min.) / coach, Edward Villella ; dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado -- Interview (23 min.) / interviewee, Edward Villella ; interviewer, Nancy Reynolds.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2552
TopicsVillella, Edward, 1936-Balanchine, GeorgeStravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. Capriccio, piano, orchestraBallet -- Study and teachingChoreographyPas de deux
GenresFilmed danceInterviewsFilmed performances
NotesStatement of responsibility: the George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; editor, Virginia Brooks ; associate director, Nichol Hlinka ; choreography, George Balanchine ; music, Igor Stravinsky ; [coaching by] Edward Villella.Content: Title from opening video credits.Creation/production credits: Music, Igor Stravinsky (Capriccio for piano and orchestra, 1929) ; costumes, Karinska ; scenery, Peter Harvey ; lighting, Robald Bates ; poduction, Swen Entertainment ; post production, Otterson Creative Media Inc. ; on-line editor, Pedro Padillo ; photographer, Martha Swope.Performers: Dancers, Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Renato Penteado (principal dancers, Miami City Ballet).Venue: Videotaped in rehearsal and interview at the Miami City Ballet studios, Miami Beach, Florida on 2008 April 14.Funding: This project was assisted by a special grant for The National Endowment for the Arts.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.Biographical/historical: Rubies premiered on April 13, 1965 with Patricia McBride and Edward Villella (New York City Ballet), at New York State Theater; Rubies is the middle section of the three-part ballet Jewels. It is sometimes performed as an independent work, often with the title, Capriccio.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (74 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionEdward Villella discusses his experience with George Balanchine choreographing Rubies; how Villella becoming more comfortable and confident with this role over the 15-16 years he performed it; Balanchine demonstrating movements; how precise and specific Balanchine was with non-traditional movements; dancing with and partnering Patricia McBride for almost 20 years; Balanchine's partnering style during his choreographic process; Balanchine studying music scores for creating and physicalizing the music; why the pas de deux section in Rubies made the most impact; Villella mentioning in his film, Man who dances, that Rubies was the most demanding role for him; how Villella talked in his autobiography about the qualities that Balanchine saw in him; the complexity of Igor Stravinsky's music; how Villella danced this piece with complicated counts; how Rubies changes for Villella over the years as he was able to listen to the music and became more free; Balanchine's work being so much more than just technique; and comments about Balanchine's quote, "We make the difficult look easy".
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244017Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2826d620-3139-0132-c815-3c075448cc4b
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