Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas (Documentary DVD)

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Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas (Documentary DVD)

Directors: Deborah Dickson, Anne Belle
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Artists: Maria Tallchief, Mary Ellen Moylan, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, Darci Kistler, Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Diana Adams
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada DVD players only)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Kultur
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
Run Time: 82 minutes

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 Clercq and Diana Adams, are seen in a feast of excerpts of Balanchine ballets. The film creates a composite portrait of being a dancer, of being a Balanchine dancer, and shows how the lives of Balanchine and these 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 suberb ballets.



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History

Ballet

In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
 
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.

 

 

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