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Call me Madam

Author: Ross MacGibbonStephany MarksBob LockyerNinette De ValoisClement CrispAll authors
Publisher: U.K. : BBC, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Profile of Dame Ninette de Valois, reverentially called "Madam," depicting her multifaceted roles of dancer, choreographer, teacher, and company director. The program explores her significance as the founder of a national ballet company, school, and style in Britain, and the personal qualities that enabled her achievements. Topics include her collaboration with visionary theater manager Lilian Baylis of the Sadler's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance
Documentaries and factual films and programs
Video
Interviews
Named Person: Ninette De Valois; Lilian Baylis; Constant Lambert; Frederick Ashton
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ross MacGibbon; Stephany Marks; Bob Lockyer; Ninette De Valois; Clement Crisp; David Bintley; Huw Wheldon; Beryl Grey; Pamela May; Peter Wright; Anthony Dowell; Lynn Seymour; Richard Glasstone; Antoinette Sibley; John Tooley; Jean Bedells; Sarah Wildor; Robert Helpmann, Sir; Darcey Bussell; Margaret Barbieri; Robert Mead; Vyvyan Lorrayne; Joseph Cipolla; Karina Hernandez; Rachel Peppin; Simon Broughton; Royal Ballet.; Birmingham Royal Ballet.; Sadler's Wells Ballet.; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet.; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television service.
OCLC Number: 79470341
Credits: Executive producer, Bob Lockyer.
Credits for ballet excerpts: The rake's progress / chor., Dame Ninette de Valois; mus. and libretto, Gavin Gordon; scen. and cos., Rex Whistler -- The prospect before us / chor., de Valois; mus., William Boyce, arr. by Constant Lambert -- The gods go a-begging / mus., Handel, arr. by Sir Thomas Beecham -- Checkmate / mus. and libretto, Arthur Bliss; scen. and cos., E. McKnight-Kauffer -- Monotones / chor., Sir Frederick Ashton; mus., Erik Satie.
Performer(s): Interviewees: Dame Ninette de Valois, with Clement Crisp, David Bintley, Dame Beryl Grey, Pamela May, Sir Peter Wright, Sir Anthony Dowell, Lynn Seymour, Richard Glasstone, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Sir John Tooley, Jean Bedells. Also includes archival footage of Dame Ninette's interviews with Huw Wheldon in 1961 and Patrick Garland in 1974, and an interview with the late Sir Frederick Ashton.
Event notes: Telecast by BBC Two in 1998, on the occasion of Dame Ninette de Valois' 100th birthday.
Description: 1 videodisc (PAL) (39 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: Dance excerpts: The rake's progress / telecast by the BBC, 1961; danced by the Royal Ballet --
Rehearsals of The rake's progress / directed by Dame Ninette de Valois --
Rehearsals of The prospect before us / restaged by Jean Bedells for the Birmingham Royal Ballet; danced by Joseph Cipolla, Karina Hernandez, Rachel Peppin --
Rehearsals for The gods go a-begging / restaged by Pamela May and Jean Bedells for the Royal Ballet; danced by Sarah Wildor --
Checkmate / telecast by the BBC, 1963; danced by the Royal Ballet, with Beryl Grey (the Black Queen) and Robert Helpmann (the Red King) --
Rehearsals for Checkmate / danced by Darcey Bussell of the Royal Ballet, coached in the role of the Black Queen by Beryl Grey --
Checkmate / telecast by Channel 4, 1981; rehearsal and performance footage; danced by the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, with Margaret Barbieri (the Black Queen) and David Bintley (the Red King) --
Rehearsal of Monotones / telecast by the BBC, 1968; choreographed by Frederick Ashton, who is seen directing the rehearsal; danced by Robert Mead, Vyvyan Lorrayne, and Anthony Dowell of the Royal Ballet.
Other Titles: Rake's progress (Choreographic work : De Valois)
Prospect before us (Choreographic work : De Valois)
Gods go a-begging (Choreographic work : De Valois)
Checkmate (Choreographic work : De Valois)
Monotones nos. 1 and 2 (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Responsibility: BBC ; directed by Ross MacGibbon ; produced by Stephany Marks.

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Profile of Dame Ninette de Valois, reverentially called "Madam," depicting her multifaceted roles of dancer, choreographer, teacher, and company director. The program explores her significance as the founder of a national ballet company, school, and style in Britain, and the personal qualities that enabled her achievements. Topics include her collaboration with visionary theater manager Lilian Baylis of the Sadler's Wells Theatre; the formation of the Sadler's Wells Ballet (later the Royal Ballet); the founding and expansion of her school; her choreographic works, often based on English themes, and characterized by a strong sense of drama; her ability to recognize talent in her dancers; her collaboration with composer-conductor Constant Lambert; her recruitment of Frederick Ashton as choreographer for her company. Former dancers from her company discuss her teaching style, and the qualities she tried to instill in her students; they also contrast her choreographic method with that of Ashton. In addition to archival footage of her ballets, members of the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet are seen in rehearsal footage of recent revivals of The rake's progress, The prospect before us, The gods go a-begging, and Checkmate.

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