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Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet
Additional title: Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : MacMillan)
Additional title: Monotones nos. 1 and 2 (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Ashton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988 (Commentator)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)
Seymour, Lynn, 1939- (Dancer)
Gable, Christopher (Dancer)
Dowell, Anthony (Dancer)
Lorrayne, Vyvyan (Dancer)
Mead, Robert, 1940-1988 (Dancer)
Georgiadis, Nicholas, 1925-2001 (Designer)
Voyantzis, Ion (Producer)
Snell, Peter, 1941- (Producer)
Royal Ballet (Dancer)
Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988 (Choreographer)
Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988 (Interviewee)
British Broadcasting Corporation (Broadcaster)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1965 (Inferred)
Place: United Kingdom
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5084
Shelf locator: *MGZHB 12-2651 (former)
Ballet -- England -- 1965-1969
Covent Garden Theatre
Filmed dance
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: Presented by Peter Snell and Ion Voyantzis ; written, produced and directed by Ion Voyantzis ; executive producer, Peter Snell.
Content: Part of this film appears on *MGZIC 9-2607 Pas de quatre [and] Raymonda: Excerpt [and] La bayadère: Excerpt [and] Le corsaire pas de deux [and] Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet: Excerpt [and] Black swan pas de deux [videorecording].
Performers: Also appearing in this film: Austin Bennett, Paul Brown, Peter Courtier, Norman Dixon, Edna Downing (pianist), Leslie Edwards, Nicholas Georgiadis, Diane Horsham, Morgan Rendell, Antony Twiner (solo pianist), Sidney Wheeler.
Creation/production credits: Telecast by the British Broadcasting Corporation on April 14, 1966.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (HDCam) (26 min.) : sound, color, and black and white ; 1/2 in.
Documentary on the Royal Ballet, focusing on rehearsals for two ballets: Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, and Frederick Ashton's Monotones no. 2. In voiceover commentaries, Ashton talks about the company; the importance of the production of Romeo and Juliet, which had multiple casts; and the creation of Monotones. Two of the casts for Romeo and Juliet, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, and Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, are seen rehearsing the three major pas de deux in the ballet (balcony scene, crypt, bedroom). The ballet's designer, Nicholas Georgiadis, confers with Covent Garden staff members on the ballet's sets, and discusses details of a costume with Lynn Seymour. Ashton is seen working in the studio on Monotones no. 2, danced by Anthony Dowell, Vyvyan Lorrayne and Robert Mead.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14327930
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5344c7b0-97c5-0134-84e3-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1904: Creator Born
  • 1965: Created
  • 1988: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1965.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 5, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1965). Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Behind the scenes with the Royal Ballet