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Additional title: Serenade (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Balanchine, George (Choreographer)
Jessen, Victor (Cinematographer)
Le Clercq, Tanaquil (Dancer)
Reed, Janet, 1916-2000 (Dancer)
Adams, Diana. (Dancer)
Jillana (Dancer)
Wilde, Patricia, 1928- (Dancer)
Mounsey, Yvonne, dancer (Dancer)
Bliss, Herbert, 1923-1960 (Dancer)
Magallanes, Nicholas (Dancer)
New York City Ballet (Performer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1953 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1705
Jessen, Victor
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: choreography, George Balanchine ; music by [Peter Ilich] Tchaikowsky ; performed by New York City Ballet.
Performers: Some cast members change during different performances; for example, Jillana's role is briefly performed by Tanaquil LeClercq.
Content: Credits partially from book entitled, Without permission by Victor Jessen ; additional credits from the Dance Division's *MGZB New York City Ballet program (July 27 through Aug. 1, 1953).
Creation/production credits: Costumes by Karinska ; lighting by Jean Rosenthal.
Creation/production credits: Filmmaker, Victor Jessen.
Performers: Dancers possibly include: Janet Reed, Diana Adams, Jillana, Tanaquil LeClercq, Patricia Wilde, Yvonne Mounsey, Nicholas Magallanes, Herbert Bliss, and members of the New York City Ballet.
Venue: Some segments filmed during multiple performances possibly at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif., between July 27 and Aug. 1, 1953.
Funding: Transferred from film and cataloged with funds provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Content: Complete work; sometimes brief segments overlap with repeated sections from different camera location.
Biographical/historical: This film was pieced together by the filmmaker Victor Jessen from multiple performances filmed from various camera angles throughout several theaters.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (Digital Betacam) (76 min.) : silent, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18147136
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ef82ad00-f878-0130-4824-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1953: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Serenade" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1953.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Serenade" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 4, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1953). Serenade Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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