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Suzanne Farrell, elusive muse

Author: Suzanne FarrellGeorge BalanchineJacques D'AmboiseMaria CalegariArthur MitchellAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Fox Lorber CentreStage, distributed by WinStar TV & Video, ©2001.
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Profile of the ballerina Suzanne Farrell, most of it told in her own words, focusing on her complex and often troubled professional and private relationship with choreographer George Balanchine. She describes their collaboration, beginning with Movements for piano and orchestra (1963) in which she replaced Diana Adams as creator of the principal female role. Among the major ballets by Balanchine that she created or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance
Biographies
Autobiographical films and programs
Documentaries and factual films and programs
Video
Interviews
Named Person: Suzanne Farrell; George Balanchine; Diana Adams
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Farrell; George Balanchine; Jacques D'Amboise; Maria Calegari; Arthur Mitchell; Conrad Ludlow; Richard Rapp; Helene Alexopoulos; Paul Mejia; Edward Villella; Maurice Béjart; Jorge Donn; Isabelle Guérin; Jean Yves Lormeau; Peter Martins; Susan Jaffe; Marie-Christine Mouis; Anne Belle; Deborah Dickson; Catherine Tambini; Don Lenzer; School of American Ballet.; New York City Ballet.; Ballet du XXe Siècle (Belgium); Opéra de Paris. Ballet.; Seahorse Films.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Fox Lorber CentreStage (Firm); WinStar TV and Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0794200796 9780794200794
OCLC Number: 144658758
Notes: An abridged version of this film was telecast on Great Performances: Dance in America, Episode #2213, on June 25, 1997.
DVD version includes scene access, DVD production credits, and weblinks.
Credits: Co-producer, Catherine Tambini ; editor, Deborah Dickson ; cinematographer, Don Lenzer ; executive producer, David S. Singer ; sound recordist, Peter Miller.
Performer(s): Interviewees: Suzanne Farrell, with Donna Holly, Jacques d'Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, Paul Mejia, Edward Villella, Maurice Béjart, Marie-Christine Mouis [voice-over].
Dancers appearing in performance and rehearsal excerpts: Suzanne Farrell, George Balanchine, Jacques d'Amboise, Maria Calegari, Conrad Ludlow, Richard Rapp, Heléne Alexopoulos, Arthur Mitchell, Jorge Donn, Isabelle Guérin, Jean-Yves Lormeau, Peter Martins, Susan Jaffe, Marie-Christine Mouis.
Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)
Contents: Dance excerpts (choreography by George Balanchine, except Romeo and Juliet): Movements for piano and orchestra (b&w) / danced in studio rehearsal by Suzanne Farrell, Jacques d'Amboise, and others --
Meditation (b&w) / danced by Farrell and d'Amboise --
Apollo (b&w) / danced by Farrell and d'Amboise --
Monumentum pro Gesualdo / studio rehearsal with Maria Calegari --
Don Quixote (b&w) / danced by Farrell and George Balanchine --
Scotch symphony (b&w) / danced by Farrell --
A midsummer night's dream / film version ; danced by Farrell with Conrad Ludlow (Titania's cavalier) and Richard Rapp (Bottom) --
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / studio rehearsal with Heléne Alexopoulos --
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (b&w) / danced by Farrell and Arthur Mitchell --
Concerto barocco (b&w) / danced by Farrell, Ludlow, and ensemble --
Romeo and Juliet / choreography, Maurice Béjart ; danced by Farrell and Jorge Dunn --
Tzigane / studio rehearsal with Isabelle Guérin and Jean-Yves Lormeau, Paris Opéra Ballet --
Tzigane / danced by Farrell and Peter Martins --
Tzigane / danced by Guérin (entrance only) --
Diamonds / danced by Farrell and Peter Martins --
[Robert Schumann's] Davidsbündlertänze / danced by Farrell and d'Amboise --
Mozartiana / studio rehearsal with Susan Jaffe --
Chaconne / danced by Farrell and Martins --
Vienna waltzes / danced by Farrell --
Chaconne / studio rehearsal with Marie-Christine Mouis.
Other Titles: Suzanne Farrell, elusive muse (Motion picture)
Movements for piano and orchestra (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Meditation (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Apollo (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Don Quixote (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Monumentum pro Gesualdo (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Scotch symphony (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Midsummer night's dream (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Concerto barocco (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : Béjart)
Tzigane (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Jewels (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Mozartiana (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Chaconne (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Vienna waltzes (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Responsibility: a production of Seahorse Films in association with Thirteen/WNET ; directed by Anne Belle and Deborah Dickson ; produced by Anne Belle.

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Profile of the ballerina Suzanne Farrell, most of it told in her own words, focusing on her complex and often troubled professional and private relationship with choreographer George Balanchine. She describes their collaboration, beginning with Movements for piano and orchestra (1963) in which she replaced Diana Adams as creator of the principal female role. Among the major ballets by Balanchine that she created or danced in the 1960s are Meditation; Apollo; Don Quixote, in which Balanchine performed the title role; A midsummer night's dream; and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Farrell discusses her marriage to dancer Paul Mejia, which led to a break with Balanchine and her departure from New York City Ballet in 1970; her engagement with Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe Siècle; and her return to New York City Ballet in 1974. She discusses Tzigane, the first ballet Balanchine created for her upon her return; her partnership with dancer Peter Martins; and the ballets Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Vienna Waltzes and Mozartiana. In conclusion, she talks about her reactions to Balanchine's death, her retirement from performing, and her role in preserving his legacy by teaching and staging his ballets. Additional insights are provided by her mother, Donna Holly; Mejia; Jacques d'Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, Edward Villella, and Béjart. The documentary is profusely illustrated with excerpts of her past performances, and footage of her rehearsing various dancers in ballets from the Balanchine repertory.

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