Balanchine Essays Dvd

The New York City Ballet begins a limited run of George Balanchine's beloved Jewels, featuring music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, at Lincoln Center tonight, with an additional five performances only to follow through June 11. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels and chose music for the piece that would reveal the essence of each jewel. Two selections from Jewels—Emeralds (Fauré) and Diamonds (Tchaikovsky)—are included in the Nonesuch DVD of the New York City Ballet's 1977 performance from the acclaimed PBS series Dance in America, available in the Nonesuch Store.

Among the New York City Ballet's other offerings for the 2010-11 season were performances of Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, with music by Mozart, The Four Temperaments, with music by Hindemith, and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, all of which appear on the DVD as well.

The New York Times has described the works featured on the DVD as  "masterpieces." The Los Angeles Times says they became "instant classics" when filmed for Dance in America, "treasurable—offering an enlightened approach to adapting theatrical dance for television.”

To pick up a copy of the DVD, head to the Nonesuch Store now. For more information on the New York City Ballet's upcoming performances, visit


Toward the latter part of his life, Balanchine talked about creating a "dictionary" of his technique, a visual reference for students of the ballet. The Foundation has helped to fulfill his wish by producing The Balanchine Essays. The Essays provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine�s ideas on technique that are not only educational but also protect the high standards Balanchine himself set for his dancers.

Credit: Brian Rushton

Former New York City Ballet principal dancers Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer are the co-creators of the Essays, in which they demonstrate crucial aspects of Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® and illustrate how the choreographer applied them in his ballets. The Essays are directed by veteran television arts director Merrill Brockway, who collaborated with Balanchine in creating several programs in the award-winning television series Dance in America. Catherine Tatge, who earlier produced the CBS Cable version of Balanchine's ballet Davidsb�ndlert�nze, is the producer. The executive producer is Barbara Horgan.

Today the entire ten-part set is being offered for purchase by The Foundation through Titles include: Port de Bras & �paulement, The Barre � Part 1, The Barre � Part 2, Arabesque, Jumps � Part 1, Jumps � Part 2, Pirouettes & Other Turns, Pass� & Attitude, Transfer of Weight, and Pointe Technique & Pas de Bourr�e.


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