Felia Doubrovska Remembered: from Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, to Balanchine's School of American Ballet Cut Down Version (Final Audio)

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Felia Doubrovska Remembered: from Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, to Balanchine's School of American Ballet Cut Down Version (Final Audio)
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981 (Dancer)
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981 (Teacher)
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981 (Interviewee)
Brooks, Virginia Loring (Director)
Brooks, Virginia Loring (Producer)
Brooks, Virginia Loring (Videographer)
Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)
Vojnovic, Tagor (Videographer)
Gladstone, Steven (Videographer)
Gladstone, Steven (Sound designer)
Alexander, Dalton (Sound designer)
Zaza, Anthony (Sound designer)
Armstrong, Jody (Editor)
Armstrong, Jody (Author)
Taras, John (Narrator)
Taras, John (Interviewee)
Hochberg, Julian E. (Editor)
McDill, Nancy (Instrumentalist)
Goncharov, Irene (Instrumentalist)
Connes, Celeste (Instrumentalist)
Kent, Allegra (Interviewee)
Le Clercq, Tanaquil (Interviewee)
Calegari, Maria (Interviewee)
Tallchief, Maria (Interviewee)
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997 (Choreographer)
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997 (Speaker)
Akademii͡a russkogo baleta im. A.I͡A. Vaganovoĭ (Dancer)
School of American Ballet (Dancer)
Swope, Martha (Photographer)
Ackerman, Gerald, -1994 (Photographer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2007-10-24
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2557
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981
School of American Ballet
Ballets russes
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Dance teachers -- New York (State) -- New York
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: A film by Virginia Brooks ; written by Jody Armstrong ; narrated by John Taras.
Content: Title from opening video credits.
Content: Dance footage includes: Felia Doubrovska teaching class at School of American Ballet (SAB) in 1972; The Imperial Ballet School, St. Petersburg, Russia; Alexandra Danilova with Doubrovska reconstructing ballet for Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Content: Photographs include: Les Noces (Nijinska), Les Biches (Nijinska), Apollo (Balanchine), Prodigal Son (Balanchine), Cecchetti Class in London, the Althorp where the Vladimiroffs and the Balanchines lived; Olga Spessivtzeva, and Alexandra Danilova.
Creation/production credits: Special thanks, Fred Maroth; Nancy Reynolds; Bill Healy; Delia Peters; The Dance Division, The Performing Arts Library, NYPL, Madeleine Nichols, Monica Moseley, Else Peck, Phil Karg; and The School of American Ballet, Natasha Gleboff, Tom Schoff, Annette Burgess.
Creation/production credits: Produced and directed by Virginia Brooks ; photographers, Martha Swope, Gerald Ackerman ; camera, Virginia Brooks, Tagor Vojnovic, Steven Gladstone ; sound, Dalton Alexander, Steven Gladstone, Anthony Zaza ; editing, Virginia Brooks, Jody Armstrong, Julian Hochberg.
Performers: Pianists, Celeste Connes, Irene Goncharov, Nancy McDill.
Performers: Interviewees, Allegra Kent, Tanaquil LeClercq, John Taras, Maria Calegari, Maria Tallchief, and Felia Doubrovska, 1978.
Venue: Videotaped during interviews with dance footage in New York City apartments and studios, New York, N.Y. 2008.
Original version: Original format: 13 film reels ; 16mm.
Funding: Partial funding for this project was provided by The Research Foundation of the City University of New York and a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts to Fred Maroth for interviews about Diaghilev era.
Acquisition: Gift; Virginia Loring Brooks; 2013.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (37 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 1/2 in.
"Felia Doubrovska was born in 1896 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She died in New York City in 1981. During those eighty five years, she spent 33 years first as a student at the Imperial Ballet School and then as a ballerina with some of the most famous ballet companies in history. After her retirement from the stage she devoted nearly the same span of time to her career as a teacher at the School of American Ballet. It was during this period that she made her great contribution to preserving the continuity of the tradition of classical and neoclassical ballet, as she participated in the training of almost all of the women in the New York City Ballet, the instruments of George Balanchine's choreographic genius. This film provides an affectionate memorial designed to introduce this elegant personality to those members of the audience who never knew her. It is also intended to be a lasting tribute to Felia Doubrovska for those of us who had the good fortune to pass through her sphere." -- notes, Virginia Brooks Website.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20256329
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ee3bfc10-3148-0132-2814-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1896: Creator Born
  • 1981: Creator Died
  • 2007: Created
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Felia Doubrovska Remembered" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2007. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ef3098d0-3148-0132-224b-3c075448cc4b

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Felia Doubrovska Remembered" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 26, 2023. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ef3098d0-3148-0132-224b-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2007). Felia Doubrovska Remembered Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ef3098d0-3148-0132-224b-3c075448cc4b

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Felia Doubrovska Remembered