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The magic of dance, part IV
Additional title: Sylphide (Choreographic work : Bournonville)
Additional title: Coppélia (Choreographic work : Petit)
Additional title: Tales of Beatrix Potter (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work)
Additional title: Sylphides (Choreographic work : Fokin)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Narrator)
Hønningen, Mette (Dancer)
Ryberg, Flemming (Dancer)
Pericet, Ángel (Dancer)
Pericet, Eloy (Dancer)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Dancer)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Choreographer)
Nagy, Ivan, 1943-2014 (Dancer)
Morishita, Yōko, 1948- (Dancer)
Porter, Marguerite (Dancer)
Foy, Patricia (Producer)
Guest, Ivor, 1920-2018 (Consultant)
Bournonville, August, 1805-1879 (Choreographer)
Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988 (Choreographer)
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942 (Choreographer)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Host)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
Kongelige Danske ballet (Performer)
Opéra de Paris. Ballet (Performer)
Royal Ballet (Performer)
British Broadcasting Corporation (Production company)

The magic of dance

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979
Place: U.K.
Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation
Table of Contents
Marie Taglioni and Filippo Taglioni discussed, showing Marie's birthplace in Stockholm (5 min.) -- La sylphide: opening scene (6 min.) / choreography, August Bournonville ; performed by Flemming Ryberg and Mette Hønningen -- Court Theatre and Museum, Copenhagen (7 min.); Fonteyn displays their collection of ballet slippers and pointe shoes of past ballerinas and talks about how the footwear evolved over the centuries -- La sylphide: Act II [excerpt] (3 min.) / choreography, Bournonville ; performed by Ryberg, Hønningen, and the Royal Danish Ballet -- About Fanny Elssler and Marie Taglioni at the Paris Opéra. -- Cachucha (3 min.) / performed by Angel and Eloy Pericet -- Tales of Beatrix Potter: The pigs' waltz (1 min.) / choreography, Frederick Ashton ; performed by the Royal Ballet -- The sleeping beauty: Act I waltz (5 min.) / performed by the Royal Ballet -- Commentary on Emma Livry's career and death with her gravesite and that of Théophile Gautier shown (5 min.) -- Coppélia: The doll's dance (4 min.) / choreographed and performed by Roland Petit -- Les sylphides (10 min.) / choreography, Michel Fokine ; music, Chopin ; performed by Margot Fonteyn, Ivan Nagy, Yoko Morishita, Marguerite Porter, and the Royal Ballet.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7267
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-148 (former)
Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884
Taglioni, Filippo, 1777-1871
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884
Livry, Emma, 1842-1863
Gautier, Théophile, 1811-1872
Cachucha (Dance)
Ballet -- History -- 19th century
Ballet slippers
Television programs
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: BBC-TV production in association with Time-Life TV and RM Productions, Munich ; producer, Patricia Foy.
Content: Part IV: The romantic ballet.
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) (60 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Fourth in a six-part series that surveys the history of theatrical dance (non-chronological).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY837013010-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12159794
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9247d8b0-7b8f-0135-bf0e-67a1943e9cc0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1919: Creator Born
  • 1979: Created
  • 1991: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The magic of dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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The magic of dance