George Balanchine: Biography, Bibliography, and more About the Foundation Foundation Projects Balanchine Catalogue News & Events Contact Us

DVD and Videography
 

Search the Catalogue
Introduction to the Database


Preface by Lincoln Kirstein
Background

Chronology: Life and Works
Roles Performed By Balanchine

Chronological Title List
Titles By Category

Festivals Directed By Balanchine
Bibliography
Filmography
Videography

Itineraries Undertaken by
Balanchine's American
Companies

Research Resources
Credits
Acknowledgments


Contact Us: information@balanchine.org


 

VIDEOGRAPHY

Balanchine Choreography in Commercial Release
Compiled by Robert Greskovic
With Additional Material by Claude Conyers

[NOTE: Distributors and dates refer to first issue. Distributors change frequently, so it is best to search for recordings by title. Many videotapes are also available on DVD.]

American Ballet Theatre at the Met: Mixed Bill
 Kultur, 1999.
A live performance (1984) at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Includes Sylvia: Pas de Deux, danced by Martine Van Hamel and Patrick Bissell.

The Art of Maria Tallchief
 Video Artists International (VAI), 2003
Telecasts from Radio-Canada and the Bell Telephone Hour, 1954-1966, including performances previously issued on videotape as Maria Tallchief in Montreal and Maria Tallchief: Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances. Includes excerpts from Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Pas de Dix, and Scotch Symphony, with André Eglevsky and a corps de ballet.

The Art of the Pas de Deux, Volume 1
 Video Artists International (VAI), 2006.
Includes excerpts from a 1984 performance of Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux by Patricia McBride and Reid Olson.

Balanchine
 Kultur, 2004.
A two-part documentary film telecast on the Dance in America series on May 28 and June 4, 1984. Includes excerpts from more than thirty Balanchine ballets, including appearances by him as a Tartar Nomad in Jealousy, in the film Dark Red Roses, in 1929 and as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker in 1958.

The Balanchine Celebration, Part One
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1996.
Selections from live performances (1993) at the New York State Theater. With members of the New York City Ballet and guest artists. Includes Scherzo à la Russe and excerpts from Apollo, Square Dance, Theme and Variations, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet.

The Balanchine Celebration, Part Two
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1996.
Selections from live performances (1993) at the New York State Theater. With members of the New York City Ballet and guest artists. Includes excerpts from Agon, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, and Who Cares?

The Balanchine Essays: Arabesque
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
Analysis of details of Balanchine's approach to classical technique, demonstrated by Merrill Ashley (and others) and introduced by Suki Schorer. Includes brief phrases from The Nutcracker, Donizetti Variations, Divertimento No. 15, Raymonda Variations, Swan Lake, Serenade, Symphony in C, and The Four Temperaments.

The Balanchine Essays: Passé and Attitude
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1996.
Analysis of details of Balanchine's approach to classical technique, demonstrated by Merrill Ashley (and others) and introduced by Suki Schorer. Includes brief phrases from Agon, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, Raymonda Variations, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, La Source, Scotch Symphony, Symphony in C, Swan Lake, Square Dance, The Nutcracker, and Stars and Stripes.

The Balanchine Essays: Port de Bras and Épaulement
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1996.
Analysis of details of Balanchine's approach to classical technique, demonstrated by Merrill Ashley (and others) and introduced by Suki Schorer. Includes brief phrases from Divertimento No. 15, and Symphony in C.

The Ballets Russes in Australia, 1936-1940
 National Library of Australia, 1999.
A documentary about the de Basil Ballets Russes in Australia and its influence on the development of native ballet companies. With archival footage of brief excerpts of many ballets in the Ballets Russes repertory, including La Concurrence.

Ballets Russes
 Zeitgeist Films, 2005.
A documentary touching on all the Ballets Russes companies, beginning with Diaghilev and ending with Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. With archival footage of brief excerpts of numerous ballets from various repertories, including Cotillon, The Four Temperaments, and early versions of Danses Concertantes, LeBourgeois Gentilhomme, Ballet Imperial, La Sonnambula (Night Shadow), Mozartiana, and Serenade.

Bringing Balanchine Back: The Historic Return to Russia
 City Lights Media, 2008.
Directed by Richard Blanshard. Narrated by Kevin Kline
A documentary recording the New York City Ballet's visit to St. Petersburg, 2003. Includes generous live-performance excerpts from such rarely filmed Balanchine ballets as Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Western Symphony, Agon, and Serenade, as well as Jerome Robbins's Glass Pieces and Peter Martins's Hallelujah Junction. Brief footage of Balanchine in Russia on earlier visits.

Bujones, in His Image
 Kultur, 2002.
A documentary film (1986) on the career of Fernando Bujones. Includes the male variation from Pas de Trois (Glinka).

Choreography by Balanchine (Part 1)
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
Telecast on the Dance in America series on December 14, 1977. With members of the New York City Ballet. Includes Tzigane, Andante from Divertimento No.15, and The Four Temperaments.

Choreography by Balanchine (Part 2)
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
Selections from the telecast on the Dance in America series on December 21, 1977. With members of the New York City Ballet. Includes Stravinsky Violin Concerto and excerpts from the Emeralds and Diamonds sections of Jewels.

Choreography by Balanchine (Part 3)
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
Telecast on the Dance in America series on November 29, 1978. With members of the New York City Ballet. Includes Chaconne and Prodigal Son.

Choreography by Balanchine (Part 4)
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
Selections from the telecast on the Dance in America series on March 7, 1979. With members of the New York City Ballet. Includes Ballo della Regina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Elegie from Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3, and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1996.
A documentary film (1989) telecast on the Dance in America series on March 30, 1990. With Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Mary Ellen Moylan, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, Darci Kistler, and members of Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet. Includes excerpts from The Four Temperaments (Ballet Society rehearsal), Firebird, Concerto Barocco, Scotch Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Agon, Symphony in C, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Apollo, Ballo della Regina, La Sonnambula (rehearsal), and brief clips from others.

Follow the Boys
 MCA Universal Home Video, 1994.
A musical film (Universal Pictures, 1944), with a large cast led by Vera Zorina and George Raft. Includes a production number featuring Zorina and a beguine danced by the principals.

Gala Tribute to Tchaikovsky
 Home Vision, 1994.
A live performance (1993) at the Royal Opera House, London. Includes Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, danced by Darcey Bussell and Zoltan Solymosi.

The Goldwyn Follies
 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2000.
A musical film (MGM/United Artists, 1938), with a large cast headed by Adolphe Menjou. Includes Romeo and Juliet Ballet and Water Nymph Ballet, danced by Vera Zorina, William Dollar, and members of the American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera.

Jacques d'Amboise: Portrait of a Great American Dancer
 Video Artists International, 2006.
Telecasts from Radio-Canada and The Bell Telephone Hour, 1956-1965. Includes Apollo (complete, with birth scene) with Jillana, Francia Russell, and Diana Adams, and excerpts from Stars and Stripes, with Melissa Hayden.

Jewels (Joyaux)
 BBC/Opus Arte, 2006.
A live performance (2005) of the complete, three-part ballet at the Palais Garnier, Paris, with members of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Louisiana Purchase
 MCA Universal Home Video, 2002.
A musical film (Paramount Pictures, 1941), starring Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, and Victor Moore. Includes Tonight at the Mardi Gras, danced by Zorina and Charles Laskey.

Man Who Dances: Edward Villella
 Direct Cinema, 1980.
A documentary film (1968) on the career of Edward Villella. Includes excerpts from Tarantella and the Rubies section of Jewels and fragments of Glinkiana, Harlequinade, and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, with Patricia McBride and members of New York City Ballet.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
 BBC/Opus Arte, 2004.
A live performance (1991) of the complete ballet at Seattle Center Opera House, with members of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

The Nutcracker (issued as George Balanchine's The Nutcracker)
 Warner Home Video, 2003.
A film adaptaion (Warner Bros., 1993) of the complete ballet. With members of the New York City Ballet and students of the School of American Ballet.

Pas de Deux
 Video Artists International (VAI), 1999.
Includes a 1984 performance of Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux by Patricia McBride and Reid Owen.

Peter Martins: A Dancer
 Kultur, 2001.
A documentary film (1978) on the career of Peter Martins. Includes excerpts from Agon, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Chaconne, with Suzanne Farrell.

Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
 The Balanchine Library. Nonesuch, 1995.
A 1981 performance of the complete ballet. With members of the New York City Ballet.

Suzanne Farrell, Elusive Muse
 WinStar TV & Video, 2001.
A documentary film (1996) on the career of Suzanne Farrell. Includes excerpts from Meditation, Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Concerto Barocco, Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze", and brief clips of others, with Jacques d'Amboise, Peter Martins, and members of the New York City Ballet.

Star Spangled Rhythm
 MCA Home Video, 1999.
A musical film (Paramount Pictures, 1942), with a large cast of Hollywood stars. Includes That Old Black Magic, a solo danced by Vera Zorina.

Violette et Mr. B
 Films du Prieuré/ARTE France, 2005.
A documentary (2001) by Dominique Delouche, in French with English subtitles. Violette Verdy coaches dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet in works Balanchine created for her. Includes excerpts from the Emeralds section of Jewels, Liebeslieder Walzer, Sonatine, and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux.

The George Balanchine Foundation Logo