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Maria Tallchief Coaching Excerpts From George Balanchine's the Nutcracker [electronic resource]

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Maria Tallchief, who created the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine's version of The nutcracker for the New York City Ballet in 1954, coaches young dancers in excerpts from the ballet. In the interview sections, she analyzes details of the choreography and describes the way in which Balanchine taught specific steps and movements. She also reminisces about the first performance, and compares the choreography to the Petipa-Ivanov version then being presented by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Online
1996; 1995
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Alicia Alonso Coaching Principal Roles From Theme and Variations [electronic resource]

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Features Alicia Alonso rehearsing dancers from the American Ballet Theatre in the Theme and variations from Tchaikovsky's Third suite for orchestra with moves choreographed by George Balanchine. Includes an interview with Alicia where she talks about her experiences of being in the premiere of the work and working with Balanchine in general.
Online
1998
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Patricia Wilde Coaching Excerpts From Raymonda Variations (2 Ballerina Variations, Pas de Deux) [electronic resource]

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Patricia Wilde, who created the principal ballerina's role in George Balanchine's Raymonda variations (then titled Valses et variations) for the New York City Ballet in 1961, coaches young dancers in the two ballerina variations and pas de deux from the ballet. In the interview sections, she analyzes details of the choreography, describes how Balanchine taught specific steps and movements, and discusses the relationship between his teaching and his choreography. She also recalls the ballet's first performance, and compares it to his previous ballets Raymonda (1946), staged with Alexandra Danilova for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Pas de dix, first presented by New York City Ballet in 1955.
Online
1996
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Patricia Wilde Coaching Excerpts From Square Dance (Pas de Deux From 1st Movement, Excerpts From 'Girls Dance', Finale) [electronic resource]

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Wilde, who created the principal ballerina's role in Square dance upon its premiere by the New York City Ballet in 1957, discusses details of Balanchine's choreography, the use of square dance caller Elisha C. Keeler in the original production, and Balanchine's teaching in general.
Online
1997; 1996
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Allegra Kent Coaching Excerpts From Bugaku [electronic resource]

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Allegra Kent coaches dancers in excerpts from Bugaku, with moves choreographed by Balanchine.
Online
2002; 1999
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Marie-Jeanne Coaching Concerto Barocco, With John Taras, and Suki Schorer [electronic resource]

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Features Marie-Jeanne and John Taras instructing Suki Schorer and students of the School of American Ballet in the original version of Balanchine's choreographic work Concerto barocco. Interviewers ask Marie and John about performing this back in the 1940's and the differences in choreography then and now.
Online
2008; 1996
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching Excerpts From Firebird and Orpheus (Firebird Berceuse, Eurydice's Solo) [electronic resource]

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Maria Tallchief, a former principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet, coaches a current principal, Helene Alexopoulos, in excerpts from the leading roles she created in two ballets choreographed by George Balanchine to the music of Igor Stravinsky: Firebird (1949) and Orpheus (1948). In the interview sections, she analyzes details of the choreography, noting the Russian folk flavor in the berceuse, the importance of hand and arm movements and épaulement in Balanchine's choreography, and his emphasis on the proper execution of transitional steps, including walking and running. Having been married to Balanchine at the time, she was able to observe at close hand the creative process that produced both ballets.
Online
1996; 1995
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching Excerpts From Pas de Dix (Ballerina Variation, Excerpt From Finale) [electronic resource]

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Interview with Maria Tallchief (ca. 14 min.). Tallchief, who created the principal ballerina's role in George Balanchine's Pas de dix, first presented by the New York City Ballet in 1955, compares this ballet with Balanchine's earlier Raymonda (1946), staged with Alexandra Danilova for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She discusses how Balanchine taught various ballet steps and movements that appear in the ballet, including passé.
Online
1996; 1995
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching Ballerina Variation, 1st Movement, From Symphony in C [electronic resource]

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Interview with Maria Tallchief (ca. 12 min.). / Tallchief recalls the premiere of the ballet, then titled Le palais de cristal, by the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1947, and describes some of the dancers who performed in it, notably Lycette Darsonval (who created the variation on this tape), Jacqueline Moreau, and Micheline Bardin. She demonstrates how some of the choreography shows the influence of the Paris Opéra Ballet style, and analyzes details of Balanchine's choreography. She also discusses the New York City Ballet's 1948 production of the ballet, retitled Symphony in C, in which she danced the variation on this tape.
Online
1996; 1995
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching the Pas de Deux From Scotch Symphony [electronic resource]

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Features Maria Tallchief rehearsing dancers from the New York City Ballet in the Pas de deux from Mendelssohn's Scottish symphony. Included is an interview where Maria discusses premiering the work with the George Balanchine dance troupe, and the experience of dancing with them in general.
Online
1997; 1996
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching Principal Roles From Allegro Brillante [electronic resource]

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Maria Tallchief coaches dancers in excerpts from Allegro brillante by , with movements choreographed by Balanchine in 19.
Online
2007; 2002
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Melissa Hayden Coaching Excerpts From Donizetti Variations [electronic resource]

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Melissa Hayden coaches dancers in excerpts from Donizetti variations, with moves choreographed by Balanchine.
Online
2001; 1999
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives Maria Tallchief Coaching "Sanguinic" Variation From the Four Temperaments and Sylvia [electronic resource]: Pas de Deux (Ballerina Solo)

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Features Maria Tallchief rehearsing dancers from the New York City Ballet in excerpts from Hindemith's The four temperaments and Delibes' Sylvia. Includes an interview with Maria where she talks about performing these works under Balanchine and about the works themselves.
Online
2008; 1996
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Maria Tallchief Coaching Excerpts From Apollo, and Swan Lake, With Paul Mejia [electronic resource]

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Maria Tallchief coaches dancers in excerpts from Stravinsky's Apollo and Tchaikovsky's Swan lake, with moves choreographed by Balanchine.
Online
1998; 1997
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Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Todd Bolender Coaching 'Phlegmatic' Variation From the Four Temperaments [electronic resource]

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Todd Bolender coaches the phlegmatic variation from Hindemith's The four temperaments.
Online
1998; 1997
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Allegra Kent Coaching Excerpts From la Sonnambula [electronic resource]

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Allegra Kent coaches dancers in excerpts from La Sonnambula, with moves choreographed by Balanchine.
Online
2001; 1999