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Skyline. Nureyev on Nijinsky
Additional title: Nureyev on Nijinsky
Additional title: Spectre de la rose (Choreographic work : Fokine)
Additional title: Afternoon of a faun (Choreographic work : Nijinsky)
Additional title: Petrouchka (Choreographic work : Fokine)
Additional title: Skyline (Television program)
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942 (Choreographer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Interviewee)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)
Nijinsky, Waslaw, 1890-1950 (Choreographer)
Ardolino, Emile (Interviewer)
Joffrey, Robert (Associated name)
Gehm, Charlene (Dancer)
Jackson, Denise (Dancer)
Holder, Christian (Dancer)
Heeley, David (Producer)
Heeley, David (Director)
Joffrey Ballet (Performer)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Contributor)

Rudolf Nureyev Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-03-15
Place: New York, N.Y
Publisher: WNET
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5363
Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-4001 RNC (former)
Nijinsky, Waslaw, 1890-1950
Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: WNET, New York ; produced and directed by David Heeley. Executive producer, Patricia Sides.
Content: Accompanied by data sheet.
Content: Another copy of this recording is catalogued under the title Nureyev on Nijinsky (classmark: *MGZIC 9-104).
Content: Skyline episode #214.
Performers: Host: Emile Ardolino. Interviewee: Rudolf Nureyev.
Performers: Danced by Rudolf Nureyev and members of the Joffrey Ballet: Charlene Gehm, Denise Jackson, Christian Holder. Also appearing briefly on camera: Robert Joffrey, Rouben Ter-Arutunian.
Venue: Recorded on March 15, 1979. Telecast by WNET, New York, on the Skyline series on March 20, 1979.
Date: Copyright 1979.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (29 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
In an interview interspersed with rehearsal footage taped in the studios of City Center, Rudolf Nureyev discusses the reconstruction and performance of three ballets originally danced by Vaslav Nijinsky, to be presented by Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet on a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of Serge Diaghilev's death. Nureyev had previously danced the title roles in Michel Fokine's Spectre de la rose and Petrouchka, but was performing Nijinsky's choreography for L'après-midi d'un faune for the first time. He describes sources he drew upon for each ballet, among them Nijinsky's photographs in the roles, and the expertise of individuals (Nicholas Beriosoff and André Eglevsky, via Mikhail Baryshnikov, for Spectre; Serge Grigoriev and Lubov Tchernicheva for Petrouchka). He also discusses Nijinsky as a performer and choreographer, and his relationship with Diaghilev, which he likens to that of Petrouchka and the Charlatan. Nureyev is seen in a brief performance excerpt from Le spectre de la rose, and in longer rehearsal sequences, in practice clothes, from L'après-midi d'un faune (with Charlene Gehm as the leader of the nymphs) and Petrouchka (with Denise Jackson as the ballerina and Christian Holder as the blackamoor).
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14709033
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 077b11a0-84ca-0134-97fd-00505686a51c
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  • 1880: Creator Born
  • 1942: Creator Died
  • 1979: Created
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Skyline. Nureyev on Nijinsky" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Skyline. Nureyev on Nijinsky" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 24, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). Skyline. Nureyev on Nijinsky Retrieved from

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Skyline. Nureyev on Nijinsky