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Swan lake: Le lac des cygnes
Additional title: Le lac des cygnes
Additional title: Swan lake (Choreographic work : Fedorova-Fokine after Ivanov and Petipa, M)
Fedorova, Alexandra, 1884-1972 (Choreographer)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Dancer)
Somes, Michael, 1917-1994 (Dancer)
Alonso, Alicia, 1921- (Dancer)
Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994 (Dancer)
Jessen, Victor (Cinematographer)
Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (Performer)
Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.) (Performer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1950 - 1959
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (reel 1, part 1) (34 min.). Act 1 (beginning) -- Reel 2 (reel 1, part 2) (35 min.). Act 1 (conclusion) -- Reel 3 (reel 2, part 1) (46 min.). Act 2 (beginning) -- Reel 4 (reel 2, part 2) (33 min.). Act 2 (conclusion) -- Reel 5 (reel 3, part 1) (37 min.). Act 3 (beginning) -- Reel 6 (reel 3, part 2) (56 min.). Act 3 (conclusion) (ca. 33 min.) ; Act 4 (beginning) (ca. 22 min.) -- Reel 7 (reel 4) (30 min.). Act 4 (conclusion).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1708
Jessen, Victor
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: choreography, Petipa, Ivanov and Fedorova after Petipa ; music by Tchaikowsky ; performed by Sadler's Wells Ballet and Ballet Theatre.
Content: Reel 1 begins with brief dance segment before credits.
Performers: Some cast members change during different performances; for example, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes' roles are sometimes performed by Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch.
Creation/production credits: Credits partially from book entitled Without permission, by Victor Jessen.
Creation/production credits: Filmmaker, Victor Jessen.
Performers: Performed by Margot Fonteyn with Robert Helpman, Michael Somes and Sadler's Wells Ballet ; also includes Ballet Theatre (Act 2) with Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch.
Venue: Filmed during performances between 1950-1959.
Funding: Transferred from film and cataloged with funds provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
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: 7 videocassettes (Digital Betacam) (267 min.) : silent, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18097866
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d4c42150-f871-0130-0db2-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1884: Creator Born
  • 1950: Created (Approximate)
  • 1972: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Swan lake" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1950 - 1959.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Swan lake" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 1, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1950 - 1959). Swan lake Retrieved from

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Swan lake