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DVD/Videos: Divertimento #15


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#1 dancer5

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 08:04 PM

I'm looking for a video or DVD of Balanchine's "Divertimento #15." I really love this ballet and would like to own a copy to watch.

I understand that the Balanchine trust is protective of the Balanchine ballets and it can be difficult to find videos of them. However, I know that there was a video for sale this year of POB doing "Jewels" so that gave me some hope.

Does anyone know how I might be able to order such a tape? Thanks for the help!

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 08:16 PM

D15 has never been commercially recorded or a live performance broadcast.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:31 AM

as mel points out there is no commercial release of this work.
2 experpts however are included on the CHOREGRAPHY BY BALANCHINE video(s) released during Balanchine's life on video and recently on dvd.
but the full ballet is unavailable.
here the NYPL listing for the excerpt on videocassette and now dvd:
Choreography by Balanchine, Part I / WNET/13 ; directed by Merrill Brockway ; produced by Emile Ardolino. New York, N.Y. : WNET/13, c1977. Telecast on the Dance in America series on December 14, 1977 by WNET/13, New York.
Music director, Robert Irving ; lighting, Ralph Holmes ; writer, Arlene Croce.
Introduced by Edward Villella.
Danced by the New York City Ballet.
Conductor: Robert Irving.
[including] Divertimento no. 15 (4th movement) / music, Mozart ; costumes, Karinska ; danced by Merrill Ashley, Maria Calegari, Susan Pilarre, Stephanie Saland, Marjorie Spohn, Tracy Bennett, Victor Castelli, and Robert Weiss.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for the help. I will look into the tape with selections from Balanchine ballets--it sounds like it has a really good cast, right from the heyday of NYCB!