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Holm, Eske, 1940- (Dancer)
Flindt, Flemming (Dancer)
Hønningen, Mette (Dancer)
Rosen, Elsa Marianne von, 1924- (Dancer)
Holmey, Erik (Dancer)
Jensen, Svend Erik (Dancer)
Theilsø, Niels (Dancer)
Edvardsen, Tommy (Dancer)
Tillson, Kenneth (Dancer)
Yashiro, Akio, 1929-1976 (Arranger)
Takemitsu, Tōru (Composer)
Grimm, Thomas (Producer)
Breum, Søren (Designer)
Kongelige Danske ballet (Dancer)

Kongelige Danske Ballet Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7290
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-252 (former)
Kongelige Danske ballet
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Produced by Danmarks Radio, TV-Byen, Copenhagen. Producer and director: Thomas Grimm. Concept and choreographic direction: Kenneth Tillson. Music: Japanese folk music arranged by Akio Yashiro, and Asterism, by Toru Takemitsu. Scenery and costumes: Søren Breum. Performed by members of the Royal Danish Ballet: Eske Holm, Flemming Flindt, Mette Hønningen, Elsa Marianne von Rosen, Erik Holmey, Svend Erik Jensen, Niels Theilsø, Tommy Edvardsen, and others.
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) (55 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Kwaidan, which means "a strange story," is not a ballet but a Western reinterpretation of a Japanese fairy tale without words. During a fight, a non-Japanese twin-couple, boy and girl, are separated from each other. The boy is brought up by a bandit leader. Having matured and been forced to assist his best friend in committing harakiri, he leaves home to search for the real meaning of life.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY827033628-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12159651
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cb5d0b80-7b96-0135-8b90-575e85d5a6f9
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1979: Created
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Kwaidan" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Kwaidan" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 2, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). Kwaidan Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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