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Additional title: Meditation
Additional title: Meditation (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Balanchine, George (Choreographer)
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- (Teacher)
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- (Interviewee)
Jackson, George, 1931- (Interviewer)
Holowchuk, Elisabeth (Dancer)
Cook, Michael (Dancer)
Sales, Glenn (Instrumentalist)
Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Project director)
Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)
Hlinka, Nichol (Director)
Otterson, William (Technical director)
Padilla, Pedro (Videographer)
Padilla, Pedro (Editor)
Ratz, Ishai (Sound designer)
New York City Ballet (Dancer)
George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)
George Balanchine Foundation (Donor)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)

George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 2011
Place: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation
Table of Contents
Coaching session & Run-through with piano (51 min.) / coach, Suzanne Farrell ; dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk and Michael Cook -- Run-through with violin recording (approximately 10 min.) / dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk and Michael Cook -- Interview (23 min.) / interviewee, Suzanne Farrell ; interviewer, George Jackson.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2555
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945-
Balanchine, George
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Souvenir dun lieu cher. Méditation; arr.un lieu cher. Méditation; arr
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Pas de deux
Music and dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: the George Balanchine Foundation ; project director, Nancy Reynolds ; editor, Virginia Brooks ; associate director, Nichol Hlinka ; choreography, George Balanchine ; music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky ; [coaching by] Suzanne Farrell.
Content: Title from opening video credits.
Creation/production credits: Music, Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (Meditation, Op. 42, no. 1, from Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, three pieces for piano and violin, 1878, orchestrated by Alexander Glazounov) ; costumes, Karinska ; technical director, William Otterson ; camera, Pedro Padilla ; sound, Ishai Ratz ; boom operator, Erin B. Tinsley ; production and post production, Otterson Creative Media, Inc.; on-line editor, Pedro Padilla ; photographer, Fred Fehl.
Performers: Pianist, Glenn Sales.
Performers: Dancers, Elisabeth Holowchuk (soloist, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet) and Michael Cook (principal dancer, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet).
Venue: Videotaped during rehearsal and interview at the Eisenhower studio, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. on 2009 September 10-11.
Original version: Original format: 1 Betacam ; 3/4 in.
Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.
Biographical/historical: Meditation premiered on December 10, 1963 by New York City Ballet at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with Suzanne Farrell and Jacques d'Amboise.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (84 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Suzanne Farrell discusses George Balanchine's Meditation, which was the first ballet Balanchine created for Farrell; where she learned that this was happening; how did she discover what Meditation would be; how was she dressed for the first rehearsal; when did the costume dress come into the process; Jacques d'Amboise's original outfit for the opening night, and how it changed to a more contemporary costume after that performance; wearing her hair down for the first time on stage and how that affected her movement; the importance of the eyes in this work; how Farrell had trouble with the opening entrance; Balanchine leaving for Hamburg during the middle of the rehearsal process so didn't work on Meditation for several weeks at that point; how this piece has very detailed movement but not typical Balanchine steps; Farrell's book entitled, Holding onto the Air, refers to a comment Balanchine made to her during the choreographic process of the opening entrance; how learning and teaching the man's role has been an advantage for her; Balanchine giving the piece to her in 1965 and how he didn't want anyone else to perform it, so she didn't let other companies perform it until after Balanchine's death; how Farrell starts teaching this ballet; Balanchine wanting visual expressions to come out of the movement and music; and the bond that Balanchine and Farrell had because of how they listening to music in the same way.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244025
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 71594250-3139-0132-bce4-3c075448cc4b
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Suzanne Farrell coaching Meditation