Balanchine essays, Arabesque

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Balanchine essays, Arabesque
Additional title: Arabesque
Ashley, Merrill (Conceptor)
Schorer, Suki (Conceptor)
Edwards, Jeffrey (Dancer)
Fason, Maydelle (Dancer)
Metzger, Rebecca (Dancer)
Balanchine, George (Choreographer)
Boelzner, Gordon (Musical director)
Horgan, Barbara (Producer)
Tatge, Catherine (Producer)
Brockway, Merrill (Director)
George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)
Tatge/Lasseur Productions (Producer)
Boelzner, Gordon (Instrumentalist)
Ashley, Merrill (Teacher)
Schorer, Suki (Teacher)

The George Balanchine Foundation Essays Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1994
Place: New York, NY
Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation, Inc.
Table of Contents
Arabesque pliée -- Arabesque with relevé -- Arabesque penchée -- Arabesque elongée -- Arabesque piquée / illustrated by an excerpt from Symphony in C -- Arabesque sautée / excerpt from Donizetti variations -- Arabesque sissone [on pointe] / excerpt from Divertimento no. 15 -- Arabesque sissone [jumping] -- Arabesque traveling backward / excerpt from Raymonda variations -- Arabesque traveling forward / excerpt from Swan lake -- Hops on pointe / excerpt from Raymonda variations -- [Arabesque falling off-balance] / excerpts from Divertimento no. 15 and The four temperaments.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 9130
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4787 (former)
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Arabesque (Ballet)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Instructional films
Statement of responsibility: Produced by the George Balanchine Foundation, Inc. in association with Tatge/Lasseur Productions, Inc. ; artistic directors, conceived and written by Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer ; executive producer, Barbara Horgan ; producer, Catherine Tatge ; director, Merrill Brockway.
Creation/production credits: Musical director and pianist, Gordon Boelzner.
Date: Recorded on June 28, 1994.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Performers: Instructors: Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley. Demonstrators: Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, and Rebecca Metzger.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (NTSC) (45 min.) :sound, color
Drawing upon their experience as principal dancers with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley provide a detailed analysis and demonstration of the ballet step arabesque, according to the principles of Balanchine technique. Schorer, a longtime teacher at the School of American Ballet, sets exercises intended to help the dancer learn and practice correct form, and both she and Ashley recall images Balanchine used in class to elicit desired movement qualities from the dancers. Brief phrases from Balanchine's ballets illustrate the choreographic application of Balanchine technique. Excerpts from The nutcracker and Serenade open and close the program.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12329451
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5f92e2b0-8502-0135-0004-06bba1481d81
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  • 1994: Issued
  • 2017: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Balanchine essays" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1994.

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Balanchine essays