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Filmography - Ballet: S - Z

Titles available on DVD as of June 2018

Filmography - Ballet

Titles available on DVD as of August 2018.


This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library catalog.

See also Filmography - Dance.




Sacred stage the Mariinsky Theater. 2005, 1 online resource (60 min.).  The Mariinsky Theater (also known as the Kirov) of St. Petersburg has somehow maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism. Here the story of the theater's survival is told along with performance clips. Streaming video.;1794356

Salem Foxx Ballet Boy. 1 online resource (1 video file (28 min., 58 sec.)).  Against the Odds: Against the odds (Princeton, N.J.). Salem Foxx is only 13 and has already danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Salem has Asperger's Syndrome and he considers it an advantage in dance. Watch as he prepares for a ballet competition in Auckland. Streaming video.

Santee Smith Freedom. 1 online resource (1 video file (24 min., 0 sec)).  Freedom: Freedom. Santee Smith has one foot in the ballet world and the other firmly planted in traditional aboriginal dance. By combining the two disciplines she has created a hybrid of breathtaking choreography based on her passion for storytelling. Fueled by a musical fusion of modern and ancient, her work is deeply moving to observe. Streaming video.

Scenes de la damnation de Faust transcrites pour piano ballet des sylphes. 2011, 1 online resource (3 min.).  The promising French pianist D. Violi plays Berlioz, Liszt & Ravel. Streaming video.;2335189

Secundaria. 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 95 minutes).  Secundaria quietly follows one high school class over a three-year period on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance, but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty and the constraints-both visible and invisible-that shape life in Cuba.   What struck me... aside from how terrific the shooting was throughout, was the immense sympathy.. Clear-eyed...Stunning! - Ross McElwee, Filmmaker Sherman's March, Photographic Memory. Streaming video.

Sensuality & Nationalism In Romantic Ballet. 1 online resource (1 video file (57 min. 17 sec.)).  This program integrates documentary information with re-staged dances based on literature and iconography to reveal 19th century ballet innovations. Bridging the gap from Baroque dance to Romantic Ballet, this period offered a revolutionary focus highlighting the stories and characters of everyday people, inspired by a combination of dynamic influences from 'national dance'. Re-staged dances include Fanny Elssler's signature dance "Cachucha" and works by Henri Justamant, a French ballet master who notated scores of more than 100 ballets. Footage is supplemented by illustrations from the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives of Salzburg, Austria. The Written by University of Salzburg Department of Dance Studies Chair Professor Claudia Jeschke, and New York City Ailey School ballet teacher Robert Atwood. Streaming video.

Shall we dance. 2010, 1 videodisc (109 min.).  A male ballet dancer and a female singer enter into a phony romance to generate publicity for their careers. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 260.

Sleeping Beauty Footnotes The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus. 1 online resource (1 video file (27 min., 48 sec)).  Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus: Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus. Choreographed by Lavrovsky (1890)/Music by P. Tchaikovsky.   Based on the timeless fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty holds a notable place in the history of ballet. Streaming video.

Stamping ground. p1984, 1 online resource (22 min.). DVD 9599 and Streaming video.;534023

Stravinsky (Documentary). 1 streaming video file (29 min.).  Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Stravinsky: Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music. Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Igor Stravinsky's ballet score "The Rite of Spring". The work's premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, was scandalous. English pianist and musicologist Peter Hill explains why and opens the door to Stravinsky's energetic music. Bernard Haitink conducts the Berlin Philharmonic. Streaming video.

Stravinsky et les Ballet russes Stravinsky and the Ballets russes. 2009, 1 videodisc (85 min.).   In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre showcases the original Nijinsky version of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD along with The Firebird, both conducted by Valery Gergiev. Thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's original choreography has now been recreated, performed by the lead dancers and Ballet Company of the Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Geriev, known the world over for his interpretation of Stravinsky's works. DVD 7513.

Summer interlude. 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 96 minutes).  Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career, isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past, Ingmar Bergman's tenth film was a gentle drift toward true mastery. In one of the director's great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the sunny, rocky shores of Stockholm's outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, Summer interlude (sommarlek) is a reverie about life and death that unites Bergman's love of theater and cinema. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 12327 and Streaming video.

Swan lake. 2008, 1 videodisc (117 min.).  Natalia Bessmertnova is soft and lyrical in the dual role of Odette and Odile. Her eminently feminine quality makes her the ideal interpreter of this classic. The elegance and magnetism of Siegfried is masterfully portrayed by Alexander Bogatyrev. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 11856.

Swan lake. 2009, 1 online resource (179 min.). Streaming video.;910197

Swan lake. p1988, 1 online resource (113 min.). Streaming video.;388945

Swan lake. p2006, 1 online resource (145 min.). Streaming video.;887489

Swan Lake ballet in 4 acts. 2005, 1 videodisc (107 min.).  "Perhaps the most popular ballet video ever released, this version of Tchaikovsky's beloved work stars one of the most famous classical dance partnerships of all time: Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Nureyev choreographed this production for the Vienna State Opera"--Container. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 13042.

Swan Lake Footnotes The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus. 1 online resource (1 video file (28 min., 25 sec)).  Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus: Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet with Frank Augus. Choreographed by Petipa & Ivanov (1877)/Music by P. Tchaikovsky.  A look at the most revered of all the classical ballets. Streaming video.

Swan lake the Royal Ballet. 2003, 1 videodisc (137 min.).  Prince Siegfried sees a swan on the lake who turns into the enchanted princess Odette. She can only be saved by the true love of another. This the Prince promises her, but he is tricked by a wicked magician who disguises his daughter as the swan-maiden. Siegfried and his love leap to their death thus destroying the evil power of the magician. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 76.

Swan lake waltz. 98, 1 online resource (8 min.).  This is a selection from a program that Daniel Barenboim conducted of light-hearted music by Nicolai, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Johann Strauss II, Kollo and Lincke. Streaming video.;2449305

The tales of Hoffmann a fantastic opera. 2005, 1 videodisc (127 min.).  Criterion Collection. Powell and Pressburger merge film with opera and dance to tell the tale of a poet who dreams of three women who all break his heart. He tells "the three tales of my folly of love"-- in Paris, when he fancied himself in love with Olympia, who turned out to be a life-sized doll; in Venice, when bewitched by a beautiful courtesan; and on a Grecian isle, in love with daughter of a singer and conductor. DVD 7226.

Tamara Rojo's Swan Lake. 1 online resource (1 video file (59 min., 59 sec)).  Tamara Rojo, world-famous ballerina and artistic director of English National Ballet, takes us backstage as she prepares for one of classical ballet's biggest challenges—the dual lead in Swan Lake. It is the ultimate role for any dancer, requiring her to play the completely contrasting characters—Odette the White Swan and Odile the Black Swan. Streaming video.

To dance like a man.  1 online resource (59 minutes).  Cuban identical triplets Angel, Cesar and Marcos are top young students at Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. To Dance Like a Man follows them as they are poised to begin their dancing careers. Filmmaker Sylvie Collier was granted extraordinary, unlimited access to the school, and backstage at the Grand Theatre, allowing her to film the boys as they train in the robust and expressive style that distinguishes Cuban ballet. Her film provides a child's eye view on determination and the hunger for success, within in the context of contemporary Cuba, a country with an outsize international role in arts and culture. Streaming video.;2853786

Törst Thirst. 2007, 1 videodisc (84 min.).  Eclipse. Series 1, Early Bergman. A couple traveling across war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer's scarred past. Elliptically told in flashbacks and multiple narrative threads, this film shows people enslaved to memory and united in isolation. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 9804.

Touch of Greatness. 1 online resource (1 video file (53 min., 17 sec.)).  In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America''s schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox educational philosophy that spoke directly to his students'' needs. Many of Cullum''s projects were recorded on film by then novice filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. Weaving stunning black and white footage and rare archival television broadcasts together with interviews of Cullum and his former students, this is a portrait of a maverick teacher who transformed a generation of young people by enabling them to discover their own inner greatness. Streaming video.

A tribute to Maya Plisetskaya. 2010, 1 online resource (85 min.).  Carmen-Suite: In this video, Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Godunov perform in the ballet Carmen-Suite by the choreographer Alberto Alonso, based on music by Shchedrin and Bizet. Romantic Encounter: In this video, Maya Plisetskaya and Anatoly Berdyshev perform in the ballet Romantic Encounter by the choreographer Valentin Elisariev to music by Tchaikovsky. The ballet is based on Turgenev's novel Spring Torrents. Grand Adage à la Rose: In this video, Maya Plisetskaya and Bolshoi Ballet dancers perform Grand Adage a la Rose, from the ballet Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. La Rose Malade: In this video, Maya Plisetskaya and Bolshoi Ballet dancers perform in the ballet La Rose Malade by the choreographer Roland Petit to music by Gustav Mahler. Ave Maya: In this video, Maya Plisetskaya performs the ballet Ave Maya by the choreographer Maurice Béjart to music by J. S. Bach and Charles Gounod. Streaming video.;1920968

The Turning Point. 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 59 min., 22 sec)).  When her daughter joins the National Ballet, MacLaine, a dance teacher who might have been a star had she not married, and Bancroft, a renowned ballerina with an empty personal life, must confront the choices they made years before. Streaming video.

TutuMuch. 1 online resource (84 minutes).  TuTu MUCH follows nine young ballet dancers as they plie, pirouette and compete for highly-coveted spots in an intensive four-week professional ballet summer program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Leaving behind their families and friends, often for the first time, each girl confronts the painstaking and sometimes rewarding realities of pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. The daily classes are grueling tests of their physical stamina and emotional grit. 'You've even got to love the pain,' says twelve-year-old Sidnie, one of the prospective ballerinas. As the girls learn during the course of the auditions, talent and passion alone do not guarantee success: the success of a dancer often comes down to the shape of a foot or the length of the neck. In the last few days of the program the girls find out which of them will take the next step toward the dream of becoming a professional ballerina, and which ones won't. Streaming video.;2853798

Water flowing together Jock Soto. 1 online resource (57 min.).  Filmakers library online. Water Flowing Together offers an intimate portrait of a remarkable dancer, Jock Soto, who retired from the New York City Ballet at age forty, after a twenty-four-year career. Soto's journey as an openly gay man of Navajo Indian and Puerto Rican descent provides a rare glimpse into the life of a dancer and the disparate worlds which shaped this important artist.Soto was asked to join the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine at sixteen after first studying at its School on a full scholarship. He was soon given his first solo roles in Balanchine s ballets, then Jerome Robbins featured him. In the course of his career, Soto became one of the most choreographed-on dancers in the company, as Balanchine, Robbins and Peter Martins were inspired by his capabilities. Lauded for his partnering as well, he formed memorable duos with Heather Watts and Wendy Whelan.The film captures his determination, ambivalence and occasional despair as he prepared to retire in 2005 and let go of his identity as a principal dancer. He was reluctant to return to the Navaho tribe ("Water Flowing Together") in Arizona to visit his family as he feared Navaho "rules" about homosexuality but he did so and found that they were extremely proud of him and accepting. This was where his mother had first taught him the Navajo Hoop Dance. Jock may have left the stage, but says, "I will continue teaching at the School of American Ballet until I'm 104.". Streaming video.;1650537

White nights. 1 videodisc (136 min.).  Nikolai Rodchenko, a Russian ballet dancer who defected from the Soviet Union years ago, finds himself back in the motherland--trapped--thanks to an emergency airplane landing. The Soviets do not imprison him, however; they hope to score a propaganda victory by 'persuading' him to become Russian again. That is why he is sent to Siberia, to Raymond Greenwood and his Russian wife Darya. Greenwood is an American tap dancer who defected to Russia in opposition to the Vietnam War. Nikolai makes Raymond realize how limited his life is in the USSR, and together they hatch a plan to evade their KGB minders, escape to the American Embassy and eventually the US. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 8869.