The creation of OMO

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The creation of OMO
Additional title: To the Beatles (Choreographic work : Smuin)
Caniparoli, Val (Commentator)
Erickson, Betsy (Commentator)
Morgan, Victoria (Commentator)
Peterson, Kirk (Commentator)
Woodall, Sandra (Designer)
Smuin, Michael (Commentator)
Alonzo, Mario (Dancer)
Berman, Joanna (Dancer)
Dickson, Nancy (Dancer)
Holmes, Eda (Dancer)
Leedom, Erin (Dancer)
López, Antonio (Dancer)
Fruchtman, Rob (Producer)
OMO (Company) (Performer)
San Francisco Ballet (Performer)
Fruchtman, Rob (Director)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8667
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-2748 (former)
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Producer/director: Rob Fruchtman. Director of photography: Lex Fletcher. Writers: Rob Fruchtman, Blair Gershkow. Narration writer: Peter Fruchtman. Narrator: Peter Donat.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (56 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on the formation of OMO, an experimental ballet company founded by five former members of the San Francisco Ballet: the dancers/choreographers Val Caniparoli, Betsy Erickson, Victoria Morgan, and Kirk Peterson, and the designer Sandra Woodall. The documentary includes in-depth analyses of three works created by the founders: On moving on (chor: Morgan), Accidental or abnormal chromosomal events (chor: Caniparoli and Erickson; scen: Woodall), and Overlay (chor: Peterson; scen/props: Woodall). The analyses include statements by the choreographers, composers, designers, and performers, and are illustrated by rehearsal footage and substantial performance excerpts. Performers include Mario Alonzo, Joanna Berman, Nancy Dickson, Eda Holmes, Erin Leedom, and Antonio Lopez. Michael Smuin, former director of the San Francisco Ballet, also comments on the company's work. Peterson is seen performing a solo in Smuin's To the Beatles, presented by the San Francisco Ballet.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY916063833-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12171041
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d2a947c0-90be-0135-2339-797ddd5a2df2
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  • 1986: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The creation of OMO" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The creation of OMO" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). The creation of OMO Retrieved from

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The creation of OMO