8/18/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: The Magic of Dance

Reflections by Margot Fonteyn with Mikhail Baryshnikov, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem the film includes dance history and fascinating facts. Continue reading

10/7/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

Shall We Dance

Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, features three ballets Petrouchka, Le spectre de la rose, L’après-midi d’un faune was recorded on August 1980 in Nashville. 


As Robert Joffrey, artistic director of the company, explains toward the end of this program, no one really knows in precise detail how the Vaslav Nijinsky of legend danced. These re-creations were assembled by reading about him and by looking at photographs in costume. Needless to say, dance scholars have been afforded endless opportunity for taking indignant exception to bits and pieces of the reconstructions.

Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

Petrouchka (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson, Christian Holder, Gary Chryst)

Le spectre de la rose (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson)

L’après-midi d’un faune (Rudolf Nureyev, Charlene Gehm)

National Philharmonic Orchestra ; Terence Kern, conductor ; Paul Jacobs, solo piano.

3/13/15 Shall We Dance Friday: Excerpts From The Ballerinas (1987) – Starring Carla Fracci

Shall We Dance


In The Ballerinas, a sumptuously produced two-part ballet drama, Fracci places her rare artistry in the service of dance history as she recreates roles first premiered by such luminous ballerinas as Marie Taglioni, Emma Livry, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Elssler, Giuseppina Bozzacchi, Carlotta Brianza, Matilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina and Olga Spessitzeva. Continue reading

O&A Saturday Dance Bonus: 1976 Television Debut of Mikhail Baryshnikov

mqdefault Mikhail Baryshnikov’s 1976 United States television debut live from Wolf Trap. The performance also featured  Gelsey Kirkland and Marianna Tcherkassky in Coppelia (pas de deux), Le spectre de la Rose, Vestris and Don Quixote (pas de deux). Continue reading

Rudolph Nureyev and Denise Jackson: Spectre de la Rose


Le Spectre de la rose (English: The Spirit of the Rose) about a young girl who dreams of dancing with the spirit of a souvenir rose from her first ball. Jean-Louis Vaudoyer wrote the ballet story. He based it on a verse by  Theophile Gautier.  The dances were designed by Michel Fokine. The music is Hector Berlioz’s 1841 orchestration by Carl Maria von Weber’s piano music Afforderung zum Tanz (English: Invitation to the Dance). Leon Bakst designed the original sets and costume. The ballet was first presented in Monte Carlo on 19 April 1911. Nijinsky danced The Rose and Tamara Karsavina danced The Young Girl. Continue reading