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Karen Kain : dancing in the moment

Author: Veronica TennantJoan TosoniPaul ChiassonAnne Dixon, costume designer.Gil DenshamAll authors
Publisher: Canada : Canadian Broadcasting Corp., ©1998.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : English
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Profile of ballerina Karen Kain, whose long affiliation with the National Ballet of Canada and continuing dedication to the dance is described by herself and others. She is seen receiving the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in Ottawa in November 1997, and at her farewell performance with the National Ballet of Canada in Winnipeg on October 4, 1997. Performances specially recorded for this program and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance
Interviews
Video
Named Person: Karen Kain; Veronica Tennant; Rex Harrington; Martha Henry; Rod Beattie; Ben Heppner; Laurent Hilaire; Jorge Torres, dancer.; Johan Persson; Robert Glumbek; Ormsby Wilkins; Dominique Dumais; James Kudelka; Rudolf Nureyev; Frank Augustyn; Celia Franca; Victoria Bertram; Martine Lamy; Leonard Cohen
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Veronica Tennant; Joan Tosoni; Paul Chiasson; Anne Dixon, costume designer.; Gil Densham; Luis Bravo; Dominique Dumais; Kenneth MacMillan; James Kudelka; Erik Bruhn; Frederick Ashton; Leonard Cohen; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
OCLC Number: 78511773
Credits: Winnipeg sequences directed by Veronica Tennant ; executive producer, Veronica Tennant ; production design, Paul Chiasson ; costumes, Anne Dixon ; lighting direction, Gilray Densham.
Performer(s): Host: Veronica Tennant.
Interviewees: Karen Kain, with Dominique Dumais, Laurent Hilaire, James Kudelka, Rex Harrington, Rudolf Nureyev (recorded in 1989), Frank Augustyn, Victoria Bertram, Martine Lamy.
Special guests: Rex Harrington, Martha Henry, Rod Beattie, Ben Heppner, Laurent Hilaire, Jorge Torres, Johan Persson, Robert Glumbek, Viveza [musical group], Lisandro Adrover, James Parker, Ormsby Wilkins conducting the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Description: 1 videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Contents: Dance excerpts: excerpt from Forever tango / choreography and lighting, Luis Bravo ; music, Eduardo Rovira ; costumes, Bravo and Argemira Affonzo ; danced by Karen Kain and Jorge Torres ; music played by Lisandro Adrover and Viveza. Preceded by footage of a studio rehearsal with Bravo, artistic director of Forever tango. Une profonde légèreté / choreography, Dominique Dumais ; music, Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble ; costumes, Dumais and Angela Araña ; danced by Karen Kain, Johan Persson, Robert Glumbek. Preceded by footage of a stage rehearsal with Dumais. Manon: pas de deux / choreography, Kenneth MacMillan ; music, Jules Massenet ; costumes, Anne Dixon ; danced by Karen Kain and Laurent Hilaire ; music played by the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, conducted by Ormsby Wilkins. The actress / recorded at Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba, at Karen Kain's farewell performance on October 4, 1997 ; choreography, James Kudelka ; music, Frédéric Chopin ; set and costumes, Santo Loquasto ; lighting, Jennifer Tipton ; danced by Kain and Rex Harrington ; music played by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ormsby Wilkins. Swan lake: Act II pas de deux / recorded in 1972 ; choreography, Erik Bruhn ; set and costumes, Desmond Heeley ; lighting, Robert Thomson ; danced by Karen Kain and Rudolf Nureyev. The sleeping beauty: Bluebird pas de deux (adagio) / recorded in Moscow, 1973 ; choreography, Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; set and costumes, Nicholas Georgiadis ; danced by Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn. Tango pasodoble from Façade / choreography, Frederick Ashton ; music, William Walton ; poetry, Edith Sitwell ; costumes, Anne Dixon ; danced by Karen Kain and Rex Harrington ; poetry spoken by Rod Beattie and Martha Henry ; music played by Viveza. Preceded by footage of a rehearsal with Celia Franca, who restaged Ashton's choreography. The actress [see credits above]. The miraculous mandarin / choreography, James Kudelka ; music, Béla Bartók ; set and costumes, John Pennover ; danced by Karen Kain and Rex Harrington. Les chemins de l'amour / "premiere performance" ; choreography, James Kudelka ; music, Francis Poulenc ; lyrics, Jean Anouilh ; costumes, Anne Dixon ; danced by Karen Kain ; sung by Ben Heppner ; pianist, James Parker. Preceded by footage of a rehearsal with Kudelka. The actress: finale [see credits above].
Responsibility: produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; produced and written by Veronica Tennant ; directed by Joan Tosoni.

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Profile of ballerina Karen Kain, whose long affiliation with the National Ballet of Canada and continuing dedication to the dance is described by herself and others. She is seen receiving the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in Ottawa in November 1997, and at her farewell performance with the National Ballet of Canada in Winnipeg on October 4, 1997. Performances specially recorded for this program and footage of past performances demonstrate her special qualities as a dancer, which are described in tributes from her colleagues. The program concludes with Leonard Cohen's reading of "Dance me to the end of love," a poem written especially for her.

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