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Les enfants de la danse
Additional title: Deux pigeons (Choreographic work : Aveline after Mérante)
Additional title: Soir de fête (Choreographic work : Staats)
Additional title: Rite of spring (Choreographic work : Béjart)
Additional title: Carmen (Choreographic work : Petit)
Additional title: Concerto en ré (Choreographic work : Bessy)
Bessy, Claude, 1932- (Choreographer)
Béjart, Maurice (Choreographer)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Interviewee)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Choreographer)
Galante, Grazia (Dancer)
Vu-An, Eric (Dancer)
Jeanmaire, Zizi, 1924- (Dancer)
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Dancer)
Sanders, Dirk (Director)
Aveline, Albert (Choreographer)
Staats, Leo, 1877-1952 (Choreographer)
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse (Dancer)
Ballet du XXe siècle (Belgium) (Dancer)
Ballet national de Marseille Roland Petit (Dancer)
Bessy, Claude, 1932- (Interviewer)
Bessy, Claude, 1932- (Commentator)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1988
Table of Contents
CONTENTS: The École's old premises are compared with its new facilities, opened in October 1987 at Nanterre. Bessy interviews Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit, who is also appears in a studio rehearsal with a male pupil. Excerpts from the school's annual performance depict Les deux pigeons (chor: Aveline after Mérante; mus: Messager) and Soir de fête (chor: Staats; mus: Delibes). The students are seen on tour in Japan, performing Concerto en ré (chor: Bessy; mus: Bach). Other dance excerpts include Le sacre du printemps (chor: Béjart; mus: Stravinsky), performed by Eric Vu An of the Paris Opéra Ballet with Grazia Galante and members of the Ballet du XXe Siècle; and Carmen (chor: Petit; mus: Bizet), performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov with Zizi Jeanmaire and members of the Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2754
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3377 cassette 1 (former)
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Béjart, Maurice -- Interviews
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 -- Interviews
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Co-produced by La Sept, Antenne 2, and Telmondis, with the participation of NHK Enterprises. In French. Director: Dirk Sanders.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (57 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Four-part series on the École du Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, hosted by its director, Claude Bessy. In addition to the school's teachers and students, the series depicts past and present principal dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet, people in dance-related professions, and French dance luminaries. Interviews, performances, and demonstration classes provide a multifaceted view of the school's activities and achievements. The rest of the videos in this series can be found at *MGZIDF 2755, *MGZIDF 2756, and *MGZIDF 2757.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12172391
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 47d0ff70-9e84-0132-57d5-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Les enfants de la danse" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1988.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Les enfants de la danse" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 26, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1988). Les enfants de la danse Retrieved from

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Les enfants de la danse