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Additional title: Apollon musagète
Additional title: Apollo (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
D'Amboise, Jacques, 1934- (Dancer)
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- (Dancer)
Govrin, Gloria (Dancer)
Neary, Patricia (Dancer)
Aroldingen, Karin von, 1941-2018 (Dancer)
Shire, Ellen (Dancer)
Comsudi, Elaine (Dancer)
Liebermann, Rolf, 1910-1999 (Producer)
Drummond, John, 1934-2006 (Speaker)
Balanchine, George (Commentator)
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 (Composer)
Pflanzl, Robert H (Director)
New York City Ballet (Dancer)
Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Sinfonie-Orchester (Musician)
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Film producer)
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service (Broadcaster)
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 (Conductor)
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 (Commentator)

Rudolf Nureyev Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1966 (Inferred)
Date Issued: 1982
Place: Hamburg, Germany
Place: U.K.
Publisher: Norddeutscher Rundfunk ; BBC TV
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5026
Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-4106 RNC (former)
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. Apollon musagète
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Statement of responsibility: filmed by Nord Deutsche Rundfunk ; directed by Robert H. Pflanzl ; produced by Rolf Liebermann ; choreography by George Balanchine ; music by Igor Stravinsky.
Content: Accompanied by data sheet.
Content: Recording date of 1966 spoken on tape.
Content: Introduction (first 2:45 min.) in col. ; remainder of tape in b&w.
Content: BBC telecast titled Apollo ; German telecast titled Apollon musagète.
Creation/production credits: BBC telecast presented by Jamila Patten.
Performers: BBC telecast introduced by John Drummond.
Performers: Danced by members of the New York City Ballet.
Performers: Jacques d'Amboise (Apollo) ; Suzanne Farrell (Terpsichore) ; Gloria Govrin (Calliope) ; Patricia Neary (Polyhymnia) ; Karin von Aroldingen (Leto) ; Ellen Shire, Elaine Comsudi (nymphs).
Performers: Also appearing on tape: George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, Rolf Liebermann.
Performers: Music played by the Sinfonie-Orchester of the NDR, conducted by Igor Stravinsky.
Venue: Telecast by BBC TV as part of the series Stravinsky and the dance in June 1982.
Language: Introduction and voiceover narration in English ; credits in German and English.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (51 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 3/4 in.
Complete recording of George Balanchine's landmark ballet Apollo (Apollon musagète), made in Hamburg in 1966 for German television. The ballet, which begins at ca. 22 min. into the tape, is preceded by documentary material showing preparations for the performance: orchestra rehearsals directed by Igor Stravinsky ; a ballet class taught by Balanchine to cast members ; stage rehearsals in which Balanchine works with Govrin and Farrell ; conversations between Balanchine, Stravinsky, and Rolf Liebermann, intendant of the Hamburg Opera. The program also includes a brief discussion of the ballet's premiere by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, illustrated by still photographs.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14959449
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b6d5f000-aa21-0133-8b45-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1966: Created (Approximate)
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Apollo" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1966 - 1982.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Apollo" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 1, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1966 - 1982). Apollo Retrieved from

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