Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow coaching principal roles from 'Emeralds' from JewelsAdditional title: Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow coaching Prélude (pas de deux) and La Fileuse (solo) from 'Emeralds' from JewelsAdditional title: EmeraldsAdditional title: JewelsAdditional title: Jewels (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Verdy, Violette, 1933- (Teacher)Verdy, Violette, 1933- (Interviewee)Ludlow, Conrad (Teacher)Ludlow, Conrad (Interviewee)Dunning, Jennifer (Interviewee)Körbes, Carla (Dancer)Fayette, James (Dancer)McDill, Nancy (Dancer)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Project director)Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)Hlinka, Nichol (Director)Otterson, William (Technical director)Clarke, James (Videographer)MacDonald, Jim (Editor)New York City Ballet (Dancer)George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)George Balanchine Foundation (Donor)Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924 (Composer)
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 2013Place: New York, N.Y.Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation
Table of ContentsPrélude (pas de deux), coaching session (39 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow ; dancers, Carla Körbes and James Fayette -- Prélude, run-through (6 min.) / dancers, Carla Körbes and James Fayette -- La Fileuse (solo), coaching session (8 min.) / coaches, Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow ; dancer, Carla Körbes -- La Fileuse, run-through (3 min.) / dancer, Carla Körbes -- Interview (19 min.) / interviewees, Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow ; interviewer, Jennifer Dunning.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2554
TopicsVerdy, Violette, 1933-2016Ludlow, ConradBalanchine, GeorgeFauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Pelléas et Mélisande. PréludeFauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Pelléas et Mélisande. FileuseBallet -- Study and teachingPas 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, Gabriel Fauré ; [coaching by] Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow.Content: Title from opening video credits; additional title from original cassette label.Creation/production credits: Music, Gabriel Fauré (Prelude and La Fileuse from Pélleas et Melisande, 1989) ; costumes, Karinska ; scenery, Peter Harvey ; lighting, Ronald Bates ; line producer/technical director, William Otterson ; camera, James Clarke ; 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, Carla Körbes and James Fayette (New York City Ballet).Venue: Videotaped during rehearsal and interview at the New York City Ballet studios, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y. on 2003 October 27.Original version: Original format: 1 Betacam ; 3/4 in.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.Biographical/historical: Emeralds is the first section of the three-part ballet Jewels. Emeralds premiered on April 13, 1967 by New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater, with Prelude (pas de deux) danced by Violette Verdy and Conrad Ludlow, and La Fileuse (solo) danced by Violette Verdy.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (74 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionViolette Verdy and Conrad Ludow discuss George Balanchine's Emeralds section of the choreographic work, Jewels; their memories of the first rehearsal with Balanchine; Balanchine's high idea of France; Michel Fokine's influence in the movement shown through Balanchine's choreography; Ludlow talks about the complicated partnering and the pressure and tension in the movement; Balanchine liberated partnering with the freedom to use each other only when needed; piece includes clusters of complications and then moments of riding the crest of waves; dancers for this piece need a sense of quality for this work; Verdy had a French style that Balanchine often used; and Balanchine adding to the choreography of this work nine years after it was created.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244022Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5afbb500-3139-0132-d8c6-3c075448cc4b
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