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Ballet for All (7 Parts)

Synopsis
Seven programmes based on those originally written for stage by Peter Brinson and performed by the company Ballet for All which consisted of actors and young soloists of the Royal Ballet companies.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 7 x 30 min.
Year of production
1970
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Dance
Keywords
ballet

Credits

Cast
David Blair 

Sections

Title
How ballet began
Synopsis
Part 1 explains how ballet began as a kind of opera with ballroom dance steps performed exclusively by men. It soon evolved into a precise art form incorporating mime and gesture, with women accepted as performers and the beginnings of classical technique

Title
Ballet enters the world stage
Synopsis
Part 2: Dancing on 'pointe' using a new type of ballet shoe allowed a lighter style, as did the simpler and more appropriate costumes, especially in romantic ballets such as 'Giselle'. Ballet's artistic prestige was enhanced by becoming a pastime for aris

Title
How ballet was saved
Synopsis
Part 3: Ballet was almost destroyed when male ballet dancers scorned the art because women danced men's roles. In Russia, where the quality of music improved, partially through the inclusion of national folk dances in the repertoire, men found rewarding c

Title
Tchaikovsky and the Russians
Synopsis
Part 4: A new form of classical choreography resulted from the fusion in Russia of French and Italian traditions. The grand 'pas de deux' from 'Sleeping Beauty' and from 'The Bluebird' are danced as examples of the period.

Title
Beginnings of today, The
Synopsis
Part 5: When Anna Pavlova (seen in rare footage) and Nijinsky danced 'Les Sylphides' together in Paris in 1909, they achieved expressiveness as well as technical virtuosity in romantic ballet. This new era of poetic dancing also heralded an equality betwe

Title
Ballet comes to Britain
Synopsis
Part 6: The premier event in achieving a true British ballet style is demonstrated in an excerpt from de Valois' 'The Rake's Progress'. Extracts from Nijinsky's 'L'Après-midi d'un Faune' and 'Les Biches' together with Massine's 'La Boutique Fantasque', il

Title
British ballet today
Synopsis
Part 7: The contribution of Kenneth MacMillan's choreography to ballet is an unprecedented correlation between music and movement, demonstrated in 'Concerto' and in scenes from 'La Fille Mal Gardée'. Featured performers are Patricia Ruanne, Kerrison Cooke

Production Company

Name

Thames Television

Notes
See: GL Education (www.gl-education.com/)

Distributor

Name

Guild Sound & Vision

Notes
for management & training programmes, see Training Services Ltd

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