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Les enfants de la danse
Additional title: Bayadère (Choreographic work : Nureyev after Petipa, M)
Additional title: Deux pigeons (Choreographic work : Aveline after Mérante)
Additional title: Nutcracker (Choreographic work : Petit)
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Alonso, Alicia after Petipa, M)
Additional title: Graduation ball (Choreographic work : Lichine)
Bessy, Claude, 1932- (Host)
Golovine, Serge, 1924-1998 (Teacher)
Piletta, Yasmine (Teacher)
Grjebina, Irina 1907-1994 (Teacher)
Moreau, Jacqueline (Teacher)
Vu-An, Eric (Dancer)
Pontois, Noëlla, 1943- (Dancer)
Reverdy, Philippe (Speaker)
Bart, Patrice (Interviewee)
Sanders, Dirk (Director)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Choreographer)
Alonso, Alicia, 1921- (Choreographer)
Aveline, Albert (Choreographer)
Lichine, David (Choreographer)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Choreographer)
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse (Dancer)
Bessy, Claude, 1932- (Interviewee)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1988
Table of Contents
Teachers spotlighted in demonstration classes are Serge Golovine (steps of elevation), Yasmine Piletta (mime), Irina Grjebina (character dance), and Jacqueline Moreau (pointe technique). Paris Opéra Ballet dancers Eric Vu An and Noella Pontois perform variations, demonstrate steps, and converse with Bessy and students. Bessy interviews former dancer Patrice Bart, who is now balletmaster at the Opéra. Pianist Philippe Reverdy discusses accompaniment for ballet classes. Dance excerpts depict Vu An in variations from La bayadère (chor: Rudolf Nureyev after Petipa; mus: Minkus), Pontois in the Sugarplum Fairy's variation from The nutcracker (chor: Roland Petit, mus: Tchaikovsky) and in Aurora's variation from Act I of The sleeping beauty (chor: Alicia Alonso after Petipa, mus: Tchaikovsky), and school performances of Les deux pigeons (chor: Albert Aveline after Mérante, mus: Messager) and Graduation ball (chor: David Lichine, mus: Strauss).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2757
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3377 cassette 4 (former)
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse
Dance -- Study and teaching
Ballet -- France
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Co-produced by La Sept, Antenne 2, and Telmondis, with the participation of NHK Enterprises. In French. Director: Dirk Sanders.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (59 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Four-part series on the École du Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, hosted by its director, Claude Bessy. In addition to the school's teachers and students, the series depicts past and present principal dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet, people in dance-related professions, and French dance luminaries. Interviews, performances, and demonstration classes provide a multifaceted view of the school's activities and achievements. The rest of the videos in this series can be found at *MGZIDF 2754, *MGZIDF 2755, and *MGZIDF 2756.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12172394
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 86d0a540-9e84-0132-abc9-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Les enfants de la danse" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1988.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Les enfants de la danse" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 26, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1988). Les enfants de la danse Retrieved from

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Les enfants de la danse