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Ballet for skeptics

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Ballet for skeptics: Excerpt
Additional title: Maldoror (Choreographic work : Petit, R)
Additional title: Demoiselles de la nuit (Choreographic work : Petit, R)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Choreographer)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Director)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Narrator)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Dancer)
Jeanmaire, Zizi, 1924- (Dancer)
Beaumont, Tessa (Dancer)
Bonnefoux, Jean-Pierre (Dancer)
Béchade, Jean-Jacques (Dancer)
Jossi, Danièle (Dancer)
Fracci, Carla (Dancer)
Bortoluzzi, Paolo, 1938- (Dancer)
Damase, Jean-Michel, 1928-2013 (Dancer)
Jarre, Maurice (Composer)
Françaix, Jean, 1912-1997 (Composer)
Saint Laurent, Yves (Costume designer)
Anouilh, Jean, 1910-1987 (Librettist)
Lautréamont, comte de, 1846-1870 (Librettist)

André Eglevsky Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1966-03-11
Table of Contents
DANCE CONTENTS: Demonstration of the choreographer's manipulation of movement phrases. Perf. by Tessa Beaumont and Petit. -- Shrimp cocktail. Perf. by unidentified couple and female ensemble. -- Unidentified duet. Perf. by Jean-Pierre Bonnefous and partner. -- Maldoror: Excerpt. Music: Jarre. Libretto: after the Comte de Lautréamont [pseud. of Isidore Ducasse]. Perf. by Jean-Jacques Béchade (the young man) and female ensemble. -- Maldoror: Excerpt. Rehearsal, in rehearsal clothes onstage with piano accompaniment. Perf. by Petit (Maldoror) and Danièle Jossi (the spider). -- Maldoror: Excerpt. Performance footage. Perf. by Petit and Jossi. -- Pink champagne. Costumes: Yves St. Laurent. Perf. by Renée Jeanmaire and ensemble. -- Les demoiselles de la nuit: Excerpt. Music: Françaix. Libretto: Jean Anouilh. Perf. by Carla Fracci and Paolo Bortoluzzi. This section flawed by severe audio and visual distortion.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8158
Ballet -- Excerpts
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Telecast in the U.S. on March 11, 1966, by NBC-TV. English version of Chemins de la création, produced by Les Films Racines for French television in 1965. Conception: Denise Tual. Director/narrator: Roland Petit.
Statement of responsibility: Choreography: Roland Petit. Music: Jean Michel Damase, Maurice Jarre, Jean Françaix, and others (?).
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (40 min.) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Excerpt from a documentary on Petit's approach to choreography, illustrated with excerpts from his current works, with special emphasis on Maldoror (first performed in 1963).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY926022699-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12172020
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 863c6a20-9152-0138-5535-7beca82db542
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Item timeline of events

  • 1924: Creator Born
  • 1966: Issued
  • 2011: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballet for skeptics" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1966-03-11.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballet for skeptics" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 21, 2024.

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Ballet for skeptics