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Ballet Russo de Monte Carlo
Maria Tallchief and Frederic Franklin in a 1955 advertisement for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Wikimedia Commons.
Browsing the Shelves
Books related to dance and ballet can be found in the following call number ranges:
- GV1590 - GV1594 - General works
- GV1600 - Dance criticism, appreciation
- GV1645 - GV1728 - Dance history (and historical dance)
- M1520 - M1526 Ballets (full scores, piano scores, excerpts)
- Ballet -- Aesthetics
- Ballet -- Costume
- Ballet dance music
- Ballet dancers
- Ballet dancing -- Accidents and injuries
- Ballets -- Excerpts -- Piano Scores
General Ballet Resources
American Ballet Theater Ballet Dictionary
A useful collection of definitions and terminology for the study of ballet.
Dance Notation Bureau (Labanoation)
The Dance Notation Bureau’s (DNB) mission is to advance the art of dance through the use of a system of notation.
DNB does this by creating dance scores using the symbol system called Labanotation. This allows the dances to continue to be performed long after the lifetime of the artist. Dance scores function for dance the same way music scores function for music.
Selected Dancers and Companies
Selected Ballet Videos
Swan Lake by Bolshoi Ballet
This episode of Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet is about Swan Lake. Dancer Frank Augustyn and others discuss various aspects of the ballet Swan lake, beginning with its evolution from a failure at its first performance to its current status as a ballet classic. Drawing on their own performing experiences, the dancers discuss how the story can be made believable and compelling. They note changes in the choreography over time, particularly the increased importance of the male dancer. Advances in technical facility, exemplified by the thirty-two fouettés executed in the role of Odile by Pierina Legnani, are contrasted to the ballet's emphasis upon dramatic characterization, especially in the dual role of Odette/Odile. Performance excerpts (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich after Aleksandr Gorski, Lev Ivanov, and Marius Petipa) illustrate the discussion.
Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Publication Date: 1995
Chroma by The Royal Ballet
The diversity of Wayne McGregor’s astonishing talent is demonstrated through Chroma, Infra and Limen, each created for The Royal Ballet, for whom he is resident choreographer. Intimate yet universal, light yet dark, frenetic yet lyrical, McGregor pursues his passion for exploring the inner workings of the human body and mind, his many-layered and beautiful dances providing visual, sensual and kinesthetic stimulus for the viewer.
Call Number: STREAMING ONLINE
Publication Date: 2011
The Body Electric by Boston Ballet
This interview with Bruce Marks is about Boston Ballet and their show "The Body Electric."
Call Number: STREAMING ONLINE
Publication Date: 1998
American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre is considered one of the greatest dance companies in the world, revered as a living national treasure since its founding in 1939. Few ballet companies rival ABT in size, scope, and outreach. Though located in New York City, ABT annually tours the United States – performing for 300,000 people annually – and is the only major cultural institution to do so. The Company has made more than 30 international tours to 45 countries in order to share American ballet with the world, and on many of these engagements ABT received sponsorship from the State Department of the United States Government.
The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day.
New York City Ballet
The Company was founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, and it quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. Jerome Robbins joined NYCB the following year and, with Balanchine, helped to build the astounding repertory and firmly establish the Company in New York.
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, the company staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, we launched an annual holiday tradition when we produced the first full-length production of Nutcracker in the US.
Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country’s most prestigious schools of ballet. Today we build on our heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent, and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. Our approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.
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