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The Margot Fonteyn story
Additional title: Baiser de la fée (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Façade (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Ondine (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : MacMillan)
Additional title: Salut d'amour à Margot Fonteyn (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Puppenfee (Choreographic work : Clustine)
Additional title: Giselle (Choreographic work : Sergeev, N after Coralli and Perrot)
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Ashton and Sergeev, N after Petipa, M)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Narrator)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
De Valois, Ninette, 1898-2001 (Commentator)
Ashton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988 (Commentator)
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Commentator)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Choreographer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Commentator)
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931 (Dancer)
Katrak, Nicola (Dancer)
Foy, Patricia (Producer)
MacMillan, Kenneth (Choreographer)
Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (Performer)
Royal Ballet (Performer)
Wiener Staatsoper. Ballett (Associated name)

Dance in America Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1989
Table of Contents
DANCE CONTENTS. - Cassette 1: Excerpts from: Swan lake, Act II, Odette's solo, danced by Fonteyn. The fairy doll (1921, b&w), danced by Anna Pavlova. Le baiser de la fée: The fiancee's solo (chor: Ashton), danced by Nicola Katrak. Giselle: Act I pas de deux (1937, b&w), danced by Fonteyn, Helpmann, and the Sadler's Wells Ballet. TV solo (1937, b&w), danced by Fonteyn. Façade: Tarantella finale (1937, b&w) (chor: Ashton), danced by the Sadler's Wells Ballet. The sleeping beauty: Rose adagio (1959, b&w) (director: Margaret Dale), danced by Fonteyn and the Royal Ballet. Ondine: Shadow dance (1966, b&w) (chor: Ashton), danced by Fonteyn. Giselle: Act II pas de deux (1962), danced by Fonteyn and Nureyev. - Cassette 2: Excerpts from: Romeo and Juliet: Balcony scene pas de deux (1966, b&w), danced by Fonteyn and Nureyev. Swan lake: Act III, Black swan pas de deux (1966) (director: Truck Branss; chor: Nureyev), danced by Fonteyn and Nureyev with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Salut d'amour (1979) (chor: Ashton), danced by Fonteyn and Ashton.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7982
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-2110 (former)
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991
Television programs
Televised dance
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Creation/production credits: An Antelope/Aurora Production for Reiner Moritz Associates and Channel Four Television, in association with La Sept, ABC Australia, TV2 Denmark, BRT, and Radio Telefis Eireann. Producer/director: Patricia Foy. Producer for Antelope Films: Mischa Scorer. Telecast by WNET/Thirteen, New York, on the Great Performances: Dance in America series on February 16, 1990.
Content: Cassette 1: 62 min. Cassette 2: 30 min. Repeats 4-1/2 min. of Cassette 1.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (92 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on the life and 45-year-long performing career of British ballerina Margot Fonteyn, who narrates the film from her cattle farm in Panama. Commentaries by Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann, Rudolf Nureyev, and others are interspersed with footage illustrating important roles and significant moments in her life, culminating with her 60th birthday gala performance at Covent Garden in 1979.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY906041784-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12169305
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7d6a9f40-804c-0135-e30a-4bc071c11288
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1919: Creator Born
  • 1989: Issued
  • 1991: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Margot Fonteyn story" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Margot Fonteyn story" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 3, 2023.

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The Margot Fonteyn story