Balanchine essays, Port de bras and épaulement

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Balanchine essays, Port de bras and épaulement
Additional title: Port de bras and epaulement
Ashley, Merrill (Conceptor)
Schorer, Suki (Conceptor)
Edwards, Jeffrey (Dancer)
Fason, Maydelle (Dancer)
Metzger, Rebecca (Dancer)
Balanchine, George (Choreographer)
Boelzner, Gordon (Instrumentalist)
Horgan, Barbara (Producer)
Tatge, Catherine (Producer)
Brockway, Merrill (Director)
George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)
Tatge/Lasseur Productions (Producer)
Ashley, Merrill (Teacher)
Schorer, Suki (Teacher)

The George Balanchine Foundation Essays Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1994
Place: New York, NY
Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation, Inc.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 9131
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Filmed dance
Instructional films
Creation/production credits: produced by the George Balanchine Foundation, Inc. in association with Tatge/Lasseur Productions, Inc. ; artistic directors, conceived and written by Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer ; executive producer, Barbara Horgan ; producer, Catherine Tatge ; director, Merrill Brockway.
Creation/production credits: Musical director and pianist, Gordon Boelzner.
Performers: Demonstrators: Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, and Rebecca Metzger.
Date: Recorded on June 28, 1994.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (43 min., 19 sec.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Drawing upon their experience as principal dancers with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley provide a detailed analysis and demonstration of ballet port de bras and épaulement, according to the principles of Balanchine technique. Schorer, a longtime teacher at the School of American Ballet, sets exercises intended to help the dancer learn and practice correct form, and both she and Ashley recall images Balanchine used in class to elicit desired movement qualities from the dancers. Brief phrases from Balanchine's ballets Divertimento no. 15 and Symphony in C illustrate the choreographic application of Balanchine technique.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12329449
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dadc9080-a758-0138-2369-5f80eb82fcbe
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Balanchine essays" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1994.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Balanchine essays" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 21, 2023.

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Balanchine essays