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Art of choreography
Additional title: Sylphides (Choreographic work : Fokin)
Additional title: Fall River legend (Choreographic work : De Mille)
Additional title: Rodeo (Choreographic work : De Mille)
De Mille, Agnes (Choreographer)
De Mille, Agnes (Narrator)
Adams, Diana (Dancer)
Arova, Sonia (Dancer)
Brown, Kelly (Dancer)
De Lappe, Gemze (Dancer)
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Dancer)
Jamieson, James (Dancer)
Mitchell, James, 1920-2010 (Dancer)
Queenan, Charles (Dancer)
Workman, Jenny (Dancer)
Rittman, Trude (Composer)
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942 (Choreographer)
Gould, Morton, 1913-1996 (Composer)
ABC Television Network (Broadcaster)

Agnes de Mille Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1956-12-30
Place: U.S.
Publisher: ABC-TV
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 6563
Shelf locator: *MGZHB 12-70
Choreographers -- United States -- 20th century
Gould, Morton, 1913-1996 -- Fall River legend. Selections
Television programs
Televised dance
Content: ABC-TV.
Content: Reel 1 (approximately 31 min.) ; Reel 2 (approximately 28 min.).
Performers: Cast includes: Diana Adams, Sonia Arova, Kelly Brown, Gemze De Lappe, Agnes De Mille, Frederic Franklin, James Jamieson, James Mitchell, Charles Queenan, and Jenny Workman.
Venue: Telecast December 30, 1956, on Omnibus, ABC-TV.
Physical Description
Film reel
Extent: 2 film reels (58 min.) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm
Agnes De Mille explains her concept of choreography, tracing its development from primitive and ethnic sources to its place in theatrical dance. Briefly seen are several examples of ethnic dance, including a dance from the Congo (Charles Queenan) and a Scottish sword dance (James Jamieson). Theatrical dance is represented by brief excerpts from several ballets and a long sequence from Les Sylphides (Diana Adams, Sonia Arova and Frederic Franklin) including the girl's mazurka (Arova), the prelude (Adams), and the final ballabile. Examples of Miss De Mille's own choreography include excerpts from Rodeo (Jenny Workman and Frederic Franklin), Oklahoma (Farmer and Cowman, performed by Kelly Brown), and an untitled pas de deux to music by Trude Rittman (Sonia Arova and James Mitchell). An extended sequence shows Miss De Mille actually creating the choreography for a new work (Fall River legend) to music of Morton Gould.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY737055675-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12148474
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0da119a0-c7ed-0135-1ade-0d217b6ec09b
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Item timeline of events

  • 1956: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Art of choreography" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1956-12-30.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Art of choreography" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 4, 2022.

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Art of choreography