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Dancing For Mr B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas

Dancing For Mr B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4407  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyJohn Philip SousaFelix MendelssohnJohann Sebastian Bach
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Format: 4.3 Full Screen, Color, Dolby 2.0, NTSC
Language: English
Region: All
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Even after the death of the great choreographer and ballet master George Balanchine, the legacy of his beautiful ballets and the striving for perfection which he instilled in his dancers lives on. This documentary celebrates six of Balanchine’s ballerinas, Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler, and shows them keeping alive the ballets and the inspiration they learned from him. For all of them, Balanchine was the single most powerful influence in their lives.

These ballerinas, along with Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquil le Clerq and Diana
Read more Adams, are seen in a feast of excerpts of Balanchine ballets, including Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Symphony in C, Firebird, Stars and Stripes, Ballo Della Regina, Chaconne, Agon, Four Temperaments, Apollo and Scotch Symphony. This film creates a composite portrait of being a dancer, of being a Balanchine dancer, and shows how the lives of Balanchine and these six ballerinas touched each other in indelible ways during a unique period. He nurtured and made each of them, and many others, more beautiful as dancers than they would have imagined possible, and they in turn inspired him in many different ways to create his remarkable range of superb ballets.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C major: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; USA 
2.
Firebird: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Russia 
3.
Apollon musagète: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1928; France 
4.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
5.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish": Excerpt(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
6.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 

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