Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson coaching principal roles from La SourceAdditional title: SourceAdditional title: Source (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Verdy, Violette, 1933- (Teacher)Verdy, Violette, 1933- (Interviewee)Tomasson, Helgi, 1942- (Teacher)Tomasson, Helgi, 1942- (Interviewee)Johnson, Robert, 1959- (Interviewer)Hyltin, Sterling (Dancer)Garcia, Gonzalo, ballet dancer (Dancer)McDill, Nancy (Instrumentalist)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Project director)Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)Hlinka, Nichol (Director)Otterson, William (Technical director)Clarke, James (British artist, 1858-1909) (Videographer)Padilla, Pedro (Videographer)MacDonald, Jim (Editor)New York City Ballet (Dancer)George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)George Balanchine Foundation (Donor)Minkus, L., 1826-1917 (Composer)Delibes, Léo, 1836-1891 (Composer)
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 2012Place: New York, N.Y.Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation
Table of Contents1st pas de deux: coaching (19 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia -- 1st pas de deux: run-through (6 min.) / dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia -- 1st male variation (5 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancer, Gonzalo Garcia -- 1st female variation (8 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancer, Sterling Hyltin -- 2nd pas de deux: coaching (approximately 16 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia -- 2nd pas de deux: run-through (4 min.) / dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia -- 2nd male variation (5 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancer, Gonzalo Garcia -- 2nd female variation (16 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancer, Sterling Hyltin -- Finale (10 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia -- Interview (23 min.) / interviewees, Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson ; interviewer, Robert Johnson.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2553
TopicsVerdy, Violette, 1933-2016Tomasson, Helgi, 1942-Balanchine, GeorgeMinkus, L., 1826-1917. SourceDelibes, Léo, 1836-1891. SylviaBallet -- Study and teachingChoreographyPas de deuxMusic and dance
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, Léo Delibes ; [coaching by] Violette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson.Content: Title from opening video credits.Content: La Source was briefly called Pas de Deux: La Source.Creation/production credits: Music, Léo Delibes (excerpts from La Source, ou Naila, 1866 and Sylvia, ou La Nymphe de Diane, 1876) ; costumes, Karinska ; technical director, William Otterson ; cameras, James Clarke, Pedro Padilla ; sound, Robert Matteo ; production, Otterson TV, Inc. ; post production, Twenty Two Productions, Inc. ; on-line editor, Jim MacDonald ; photographer, Martha Swope.Performers: Pianist, Nancy McDill.Performers: Dancers, Sterling Hyltin and Gonzalo Garcia (principal dancers, New York City Ballet).Venue: Videotaped during rehearsal and interview at the New York City Ballet studios, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y. on 2010 November 7.Funding: This project was assisted by a special grant for The National Endowment for the Arts.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.Biographical/historical: La Source premiered on November 23, 1968 with Violette Verdy and John Prinz (New York City Ballet), at New York State Theater, Helgi Tomasson later danced the principal male role ; in 1969, La Source was expanded to include sections for a female soloist and ensemble of eight women.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (110 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionViolette Verdy and Helgi Tomasson discuss George Balanchine's La Source; some funny jokes in Balanchine's choreography; the difficult promenades in this work; the accents that help to create the atmosphere; the famous dive at the end; Verdy learning something about herself by being chosen for this role; Tomasson began dancing La Source soon after arriving at New York City Ballet; Tomasson learning from Verdy; the typical Balanchine movement in this work; accomodating the feet and arms for speed; Balanchine bringing out the best in the dancers; the most typical of French School movements in this ballet; Balanchine talking about hands and flowers; the trickiest parts in the choreography; the hardest, most surprising and difficult things for dancers to learn in this work; and how Balanchine knew more about dancers then they knew about themselves.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244020Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4237fc90-3139-0132-b94f-3c075448cc4b
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