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Additional title: Sylphide (Choreographic work : Bruhn after Bournonville)
Tennant, Veronica (Dancer)
Franca, Celia, 1921-2007 (Consultant)
Nisbet, Joanne (Teacher)
Greene, Lorne (Narrator)
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Interviewee)
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Dancer)
Prizek, Mario (Director)
Rasky, Harry, 1928-2007 (Interviewer)
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986 (Choreographer)
Løvenskiold, Herman Severin, 1815-1870 (Composer)
Franca, Celia, 1921-2007 (Teacher)
Haber, David (Artistic director)
Crum, George, 1926- (Conductor)
National Ballet of Canada (Performer)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Broadcaster)
Rasky, Harry, 1928-2007 (Producer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1974
Place: Canada
Publisher: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8819
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; directed by Mario Prizek ; produced and written by Harry Rasky.
Creation/production credits: Musical director and conductor, George Crum ; consultant, Celia Franca. Credits for La sylphide: choreography, Erik Bruhn ; music, H. Løvenskjold.
Performers: Danced by the National Ballet of Canada (founder, Celia Franca ; artistic director, David Haber): Veronica Tennant and others.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (60 min., 19 sec.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, recorded soon after he defected to the West in Toronto. The narration draws parallels between the ballet La sylphide and Baryshnikov's real-life decision to leave the material security of the Soviet ballet world for the artistic adventures and challenges represented by the West. Performances recorded prior to his defection show him dancing variations from Don Quixote and The sleeping beauty, Act III. Following his defection, he is seen with members of the National Ballet of Canada in company class, taught by balletmistress Joanne Nisbet, and in rehearsals for La sylphide, supervised by Celia Franca. Performance excerpts recorded for television depict scenes from Acts I and II of La sylphide. Speaking through an interpreter, Baryshnikov discusses his life and training in Russia, his reasons for and feelings about his defection, the symbolism of La sylphide, and dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Valery Panov, whose defections preceded his.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13477095
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f33a21d0-8f00-0138-1205-237a9d70a857
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Item timeline of events

  • 1974: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Baryshnikov" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1974.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Baryshnikov" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 29, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1974). Baryshnikov Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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