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For the love of dance: backstage with seven Canadian dance companies
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work)
Additional title: Miraculous mandarin (Choreographic work : Sparemblek)
Pugh, Kevin (Dancer)
Grant, Alexander, 1925-2011 (Teacher)
Peregrine, David (Dancer)
Hart, Evelyn, 1956- (Dancer)
Kinal-Chevalier, Sylvie (Dancer)
Montanaro, Michael (Interviewee)
Patsalas, Constantin (Choreographer)
Šparemblek, Milko, 1928- (Choreographer)
Wyman, Anna (Commentator)
Grands ballets canadiens (Dancer)
National Ballet of Canada (Dancer)
Toronto Dance Theatre (Dancer)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Dancer)
Contemporary Dancers Inc. (Dancer)
Groupe de la Place Royale (Dancer)
Anna Wyman Dance Theatre (Dancer)

National Ballet of Canada Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981
Table of Contents
Children's class with Fernand Nault of Les Grand Ballets Canadiens. - Kevin Pugh, rising star of the National Ballet of Canada rehearses the Bluebird solo with Alexander Grant as coach. - Sylvie Kinal-Chevalier prepares for opening night as the whore in The miraculous mandarin (Choreography: Milko Sparemblek; music: Béla Bartók) - The Toronto Dance Theatre plays a 1-night stand in remote British Columbia while their booking manager attends a convention in New York; several short dance excerpts shown. - Doug King, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's stage crew chief, packs 20,000 pounds of sets, etc. on tour. Evelyn Hart and David Peregrine dance an excerpt from Norbert Vesak's Belong. - The Winnipeg Contemporary Dance Company conducts workshops in schools while on tour. - Michael Montanaro, with Ottawa's Le Groupe de la Place Royale, talks about his multi-faceted work as dancer, musician, painter, etc. - Anna Wyman and an ex-football player-turned-dancer discuss the unusual avant-garde concepts of Vancouver's Anna Wyman Dance Theatre; two dance excerpts choreographed by Anna Wyman to music of Kreisler and Janacek. - Kevin Pugh rehearses and performs, in costume and partially in slow-motion, the Bluebird solo from Sleeping beauty, and a rehearsal of a new ballet with choreographer Constantin Patsalas.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7294
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-400 (former)
Modern dance -- Canada
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and the Canada Council. Produced, directed and edited by John N. Smith, Michael McKennirey, Cynthia Scott and David Wilson. Written by David Wilson. Narrated by Adrienne Clarkson. Executive producer: Adam Symansky.
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) (58 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
The rigorous and demanding life of a dancer in Canada is reflected in a backstage look at the daily routines - class, rehearsal, performing, touring, workshops - of seven companies.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY837031828-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160017
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6301ccf0-7b97-0135-f876-29a63fdefd2e
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Item timeline of events

  • 1981: Created
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "For the love of dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981.

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For the love of dance