Book of beasts [excerpts]Additional title: Book of beasts (Choreographic work : Taylor)
NamesNureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)Taylor, Paul, 1930-2018 (Choreographer)Rawlings, John (Costume designer)Tipton, Jennifer (Lighting designer)Potts, Wallace (Cinematographer)Paul Taylor Dance Company (Dancer)
Rudolf Nureyev Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1972-07
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 10131
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesPerformers: Danced by Rudolf Nureyev (guest artist) with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.Performers: Rudolf Nureyev (Illuminations); members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company (Text).Venue: Filmed in performance, probably in Mexico in July 1972; film documentation, Wallace Potts.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Betacam SP) (32 min.) : silent, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionUnedited footage filmed at several performances; includes both wide and close shots. The sequences do not appear in order, and there are repetitions. Paul Taylor's modern dance work Book of Beasts contains nine sections: I, Foreword (to music by Schubert); II, Phoenix (Weber); III, Squonk (Saint-Saëns); IV, Rock creature (Mozart); V, Pictograms (Schubert); VI, Deity (Beethoven); VII, Ladies and gentlemen (Boccherini); VIII, Demon (Falla); IX, Footnotes (Tchaikovsky). Portraying the Illuminations (a role usually taken by Paul Taylor), Rudolf Nureyev danced a series of fanciful creatures. In order of appearance on this film, he portrays: the white-clad dancer of section IX, Footnotes -- the green Rock creature (IV) -- the brown-furred Squonk (III) -- Rock creature -- the Deity (VI), in blue cape -- the Demon (VIII), in black and dark blue -- dancer, Footnotes -- the orange-plumed bag creature in I, Foreword -- Phoenix (II), in gold and orange -- Squonk -- Rock creature -- Deity -- Demon -- creature, Foreword -- Phoenix. Sections V, Pictograms, and VII, Ladies and gentlemen, are danced by members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY04-F267NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15969231Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0d64e030-7c0c-0138-7392-7fa133e7966e
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