compilations or telecasts
starring various artists:

The Astonishing Moiseyev
Dance Co., Vol 1 & 2

Moiseyev: His World of Dance

Vincente Fernández Flamenco Co.
From Granada to Jerez

Art of the Pas de Deux

 all-star compliation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 2
all-star compilation
Art of the Pas de Deux, Vol. 3
all-star compilation

Pas de Deux
McBride, Olsen, others

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol 1 & 2

Great Stars of Russian Ballet, Vol. 3 & 4

Stars of the Russian Ballet
Ulanova, Plisetskaya,
Sergeyev, Zhdanov

Nina Ananiashvili
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 1

Nina AnaniashviliI
& Int'l Stars, Vol. 2

& documentary
- alphabetically by artist:

, Alicia
Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Bruhn, Erik
Bell Telephone Hour

Bujones, Fernando
with Cynthia Gregory, Live

, Yvette
France's Ballerina Assoluta

, Jacques
Portrait of a Great
American Dancer

An Evening with

with Fernando Bujones, Live

, José
Three Modern Ballets

Loudières, Monique
Comme les Oiseaux - A Portrait

Malakhov, Vladimir
True Prince

Maximova, Ekaterina
Katia & Volodia

, Rudolph
Bell Telephone Hour

Plisetskaya, Maya

Plisetskaya Dances

with Vasiliev,
Begak, Liepa
Swan Lake
with Bogatirev
The Seagull
with Bogatirev

A Portrait

Tallchief, Maria
Art of

Vasiliev, Vladimir
Katia & Volodia


Violette & Mr. B.
The Artist Teacher

Alphabetically by Ballet

Anna Karenina

Plisetskaya, Godunov
Anna Karenina
Plisetskaya, Petukhov,

Maximova, Vasiliev

Le Baiser de la Fée
Yatsenko, Malakhov

Carmen Suite Ballet
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechv,

Barbieri, Ashmole, Bintley,

Fonteyn, Somes,
Ashton, MacMillan

Don Quixote
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Don Quixote
Pavlova, Gordeev. others

Enchantress, The
Zyryanova, Stepanov, Korzhakova,

Fracci, Bortoluzzi, Razzi, Telloli

Gaîté Parisienne
Danilova, Franklin, Danielian

Tuisova, Rumyantsev

Kain, Augystyn

Nureyev, Fracci
Alonso, Vasiliev

Little Humpbacked Horse, The
Plisetskaya, Vasiliev

Lieutenant Kijé
Vasiliev, Struchkova

Marco Spada
Nureyev, Thesmar

Dolgushin, Smirnova, others

Murro, Sutera, Carbone

Semenyaka, Elagin

Rakes Progress
Morse, Katrak, Reeder, others

Kolpakova, Berezhnoi

Rite of Spring
Galimullin, Tsoi

Romeo and Juliet
Maximova, Vasiliev
Romeo and Juliet
Ulanova, Zhdanov

Plisetkskaya, Bogatirev

Sleeping Beauty
Nureyev, Tennant

Sleeping Beauty

Fonteyn, Somes, Ashton

Vasiliev, Bessmertnova, Liepa
Vasiliev, Maximova, Liepa

Stone Flower
Maximova, Vasiliev

Swan Lake
Ananiashvili, Fadeyechev
Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Fadeyechev

Swan Lake
Plisetskaya, Bogatirev

Massine's Symphonie Fantastique
Erik Bruhn, Toni Lander,
and Stanley Williams
Royal Danish Ballet, 1948

Trapeze / Fragments of a Biography
Maximova, Vasiliev, Liepa,
Timofeyeva, Aleksei Fadeyechev,
and others.


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The Art of Maria Tallchief
VAI DVD 4234, $34.95

"The Art of Maria Tallchief" combines two different programs that were previously available on VHS. 83 min. Color/B&W

Her Complete Bell Telephone Hour Appearances
Maria Tallchief has long been recognized as one of the most accomplished American-trained dancers of her time. Her superb technique, combined with an innate musicality, lent a strong presence to her appearances, most particularly to the many major roles created for her by George Balanchine.

Tallchief made five guest appearances on the Bell Telephone Hour. Her partners included an appropriately starry assemblage of leading male dancers. The excerpts, ranging from the cool neoclassicism of Balanchine’s Allegro brillante to John Butler’s ardent Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, amply demonstrate the extraordinary versatility of this truly great American ballerina.

Adagio from the "Scotch" Symphony
(with André Eglevsky) music: Mendelssohn;
choreography: George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust
telecast of April 9, 1959

Grand pas de deux from Don Quixote
(with Erik Bruhn) music: Minkus;
choreography: Marius Petipa
telecast of January 6, 1961

Pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano
(with Rudolf Nureyev) music: Helsted & Paulli; choreography: Erik Bruhn, after Bournonville
telecast of January 19, 1962

Allegro brillante to
Tchaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto
(with Nicholas Magallanes) music: Tchaikovsky; choreography: George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust
telecast of February 25, 1964

"Balcony Scene" pas de deux
from Romeo and Juliet

(with Conrad Ludlow) music: Prokofiev;
choreography: John Butler
telecast of February 13, 1966

The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
conducted by Donald Voorhees

Originally produced for the
Bell Telephone Hour television series

USA, 1959/1961/1962/1964/1966, Color

Maria Tallchief in Montreal

These magnificent performances represent the earliest known video documents of one of the most important dancers of the century. Tallchief premiered many of Balanchine's ballets, including his Pas de Dix, which she dances here with André Eglevsky. Also included is an extended scene from Act II of Swan Lake (also with Eglevsky), with some new choreography by Balanchine. The video is rounded out by a performance of the Pas de deux from Les Sylphides with Royes Fernandez. Live telecasts from the archives of Radio-Canda, 1954-1963. Black & White.

telecast of March 3, 1963
Pas de deux from Les Sylphides (8:23)
Maria Tallchief, Royes Fernandez
music: Chopin; choreography: Michel Fokine
telecast of November 5, 1957

Pas de dix (16:48)
Maria Tallchief, André Eglevsky,
and Corps de Balletmusic: Glazunov;
choreography: George Balanchine after Marius Petipa*
telecast of March 25, 1954

Swan Lake - Scenes from Act II (13:37)
Maria Tallchief, André Eglevsky
music: Tchaikovsky;
choreography: George Balanchine after Lex Ivanov*

Orchestre de Radio-Canada
under the direction of Jean Deslauriers

* Pas de Dix, Scenes from Swan Lake Act II,
choreography by George Balanchine©
The George Balanchine Trust.
BALANCHINE is a Trademark of
The George Balanchine Trust.

In terms of physical presence, musicianship and razor-sharp technique, Maria Tallchief remains the quintessential American dancer. These performances, which include the earliest extant television appearances by Miss Tallchief, capture those qualities with stunning preciseness. Dance historians will take special pleasure in the inclusion of George Balanchine's Pas de dix with Miss Tallchief and André Eglevsky, principals of the work's debut at New York's City Center less than two years before Radio-Canada's filming. If the Pas de dix succeeds in demonstrating Miss Tallchief's precision, authority and superb point work, the excerpts from Les Sylphides and Swan Lake exemplify the lyrical aspects of her dancing and the sheer elegance of her line, qualities equally shared by her Sylphides partner, Royes Fernandez.

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