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Gala performance
Additional title: Gala performance (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Tudor, Antony, 1908-1987 (Choreographer)
Jessen, Victor (Cinematographer)
Laing, Hugh (Dancer)
Kriza, John (Dancer)
Braun, Eric, dancer (Dancer)
Kaye, Nora, 1920-1987 (Dancer)
Hayden, Melissa (Dancer)
Alonso, Alicia, 1921- (Dancer)
Adams, Diana. (Dancer)
Molas, Nicolas de (Scenarist)
Molas, Nicolas de (Costume designer)
Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.) (Performer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1948 - 1954
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (31 min.). Part 1: Before the performance (ca. 12 min.) -- Part 2: Gala performance (beginning) (ca. 19 min.). |||| Reel 2 (27 min.). Part 2: Gala performance (conclusion).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1683
Jessen, Victor
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: choreography by Anton[y] Tudor ; music by [Serge] Prokofieff ; performed by Ballet Theatre.
Performers: Some cast members change during different performances; for example, Nora Kaye's role is sometimes performed by Melissa Hayden.
Creation/production credits: Credits partially from book entitled, Without permission by Victor Jessen ; additional credits from the Dance Division's *MGZB Ballet Theatre program (May 6, 1949).
Creation/production credits: Filmmaker, Victor Jessen.
Creation/production credits: Scenery and costumes by Nicolas De Molas ; costumes executed by Barbara Karinska ; scenery executed by Eugene Dunkel Studios.
Performers: Dancers include: Nora Kaye/Melissa Hayden (La reine de la dance from Moscow), Alicia Alonso/Diana Adams (La deese de la dance from Milano), possibly Norma Vance/Janet Reed (La fille de terpsichore from Paris), and John Kriza, Hugh Laing, Eric Braun with members of Ballet Theatre.
Funding: Transferred from film and cataloged with funds provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Content: Complete work; sometimes brief segments overlap with repeated sections from different camera location.
Biographical/historical: This film was pieced together by the filmmaker Victor Jessen from multiple performances filmed from various camera angles throughout several theaters.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (Digital Betacam) (58 min.) : silent, black and white ; 1/2 in.
"Three world-famous ballerinas from Russia, Italy and France are presented at a gala performance which features the fact that this is the first joint appearance the three stars are making." -- Ballet Theatre program (May 6, 1949).
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18148210
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63825af0-f86f-0130-9d0b-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1908: Creator Born
  • 1948: Created (Approximate)
  • 1987: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Gala performance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1948 - 1954.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Gala performance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 21, 2023.

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Gala performance