• Short Summary

    THE ONLY BRITISH GIRL TO BE CHOSEN OR TRAINING BY THE BOLSHOI BALLET IN MOSCOW IS ON HER WAY BACK TO RUSSIA AFTER A YEAR'S LEAVE.

  • Description

    1.
    GV & MV..ANN STONE WALKING INTO DANCING SCHOOL AT FULHAM.
    0.10

    2.
    SCU SCHOOL SIGN ABOVE DOORWAY.
    0.12

    3.
    GV INT..SCHOOL, ANN STONE CONCLUDES DANCING LESSON WITH YOUNG PUPILS -- ELDER PUPILS THEN BEGIN LESSON.
    0.30

    4.
    MV ANN STONE INSTRUCTING.
    0.40

    5.
    SCU ANN STONE EXPLAINING MOVEMENT TO PUPILS.
    0.45

    6.
    CU ANN'S FEET.
    0.50

    7.
    GV ANN STONE PERFORMS BALLET MOVEMENT IN FRONT OF TWO PUPILS.
    1.12

    8.
    GV ANN WALKING HOME AND FEEDING SWANS IN THE THAMES.
    1.19

    9.
    SCU ANN.
    1.24

    10.
    SCU SWAN EATING CRUMBS.
    1.28

    11.
    GV ANN CONTINUES WALK HOME.
    1.35

    12.
    LV ANN ENTERS CHERTSEY COURT, MORTLAKE.
    1.43

    13.
    LV BLOCK OF FLATS.
    1.46

    14.
    GV INT..OF FLAT, ANN PACKS BALLET SHOES (TWO SHOTS).
    1.57

    15.
    SCU ANN TRIED ON FUR HAT.
    2.10

    16.
    SV ANN WITH INTERVIEWER SOF BEGINS: "ANN, YOU ARE THE ONLY BRITISH GIRL...." SOF ENDS ".....THANK YOU VERY MUCH."
    5.05


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 16): QUESTION: "ANN, YOU ARE THE ONLY BRITISH GIRL TO BE TRAINED BY THE BOLSHOI BALLET. NOW AFTER A YEAR'S LEAVE YOU ARE RETURNING. WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR TRIP TO MOSCOW?"



    ANSWER: "WELL OF COURSE I'M VERY EXCITED. WHEN I WAS THERE BEFORE I SHARED A FLAT WITH A GIRL FROM INDONESIA AND ONE FROM CUBA. AND OF COURSE I'M LONGING TO SEE THEM ALL AGAIN.



    QUESTION: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE WITH THE BOLSHOI SCHOOL?"



    ANSWER: "WELL, WHEN I FIRST WENT THERE I HAD TO GET USED TO GETTING UP VERY EARLY. I FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT AT FIRST. THEN WE HAD A FEW CHORES TO DO BEFORE BREAKFAST AND THEN WE HAD OUR BALLET LESSONS. THEN I HAD A RUSSIAN LESSON. I USED TO FINISH SAY ABOUT FIVE O'CLOCK OR SIX O'CLOCK. IT DEPENDS YOU KNOW, WHAT TIME WE FINISHED. AT HOME I HAD MY TIGHTS AND THINGS TO WASH, THEN WE GO TO SUPPER, AND AT 9 O'CLOCK IT'S TIME FOR BED, AND I WAS ALWAYS READY FOR MY BED BECAUSE YOU KNOW I GOT VERY TIRED, BECAUSE IT'S VERY TIRING THERE.



    QUESTION: "BUT SURELY, IT WAS NOT ALL WORK WITH THE BOLSHOI BALLET?"



    ANSWER: "WELL NO OF COURSE NOT, IT'S NOT ALL WORK. SUNDAY IS OUR DAY OFF, SOMETIMES WE MIGHT VISIT THE PARK. THEY HAVE VERY NICE PARKS, CINEMA, AND THEATRE, AND OCCASIONALLY WE GO SWIMMING. YOU KNOW THERE WAS PLENTY TO DO. AND SOMETIMES THE BOYS AND GIRLS WOULD ALL GET TOGETHER ALL FROM DIFFERENT REPUBLICS, AND WE LIKED TO DO OUR NATIONAL DANCES, WHICH IS OF COURSE VERY INTERESTING WITH THEIR COSTUMES AND EVERYTHING.



    QUESTION: "THE BOLSHOI IS WORLD FAMOUS, BUT WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO JOIN THEIR SCHOOL?"



    ANSWER: "WELL, I THINK IT WAS WHEN I FIRST SAW THEM DANCE, IN ENGLAND IN 1956, WHEN I SAW ULANOVA DANCE AT CROYDON. WELL YOU KNOW, I SORT OF FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM, AND THEN WHEN I WAS FOURTEEN, I REALISED THAT IF I WANTED TO CARRY ON DANCING, IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR ME HERE, SO MY TEACHER WROTE AND THINGS HAPPENED YOU KNOW, AND THEN THEY SAID THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO GO, SO I WENT, AND THAT'S JUST HOW IT HAPPENED. I WENT TO MOSCOW, AND OF COURSE I WANTED TO GO, BECAUSE THEIR SCHOOL IS THE BEST.



    QUESTION: "YOU HAVE TWO BUSY YEARS AHEAD OF YOU, WHEN THEY ARE OVER, WHAT THEN?"



    ANSWER: "WELL, I DON'T FINALLY QUITE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT OF COURSE, IT WILL BE MY BIGGEST WISH TO DANCE WITH THE BOLSHOI, BUT IF THIS WILL HAPPEN, I REALLY DO NOT KNOW. AND OF COURSE NATURALLY I WANT TO COME BACK TO ENGLAND, AFTER ALL IT'S MY HOME."



    QUESTION: "FINALLY, ANN, WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST OF ALL, WHILE YOU ARE IN MOSCOW?"



    ANSWER: "WELL OF COURSE MY MOTHER, AND MY FATHER, MY BROTHER, MY GRANDMOTHER, AND OF COURSE ALL MY FRIENDS. THOUGH OF COURSE, I HAVE PLENTY OF FRIENDS IN MOSCOW, BUT IT IS STILL NOT QUITE THE SAME."



    QUESTIONER: "WELL ANN, WE WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS."



    ANN: "THANK YOU VERY MUCH."




    Initials DD/V/CR/PC DD/V/CR/PB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE ONLY BRITISH GIRL TO BE CHOSEN OR TRAINING BY THE BOLSHOI BALLET IN MOSCOW IS ON HER WAY BACK TO RUSSIA AFTER A YEAR'S LEAVE.FOR RED-HAIRED, 18-YEAR-OLD ANN STONE OF LONDON IT WILL MEAN THE RETURN TO A HARD, DAILY ROUTINE AND A WAY OF LIFE THAT ONE DAY MAY MAKE HER AN INTERNATIONAL BALLET STAR.

    THOUSANDS ACCLAIMED THE BOLSHOI BALLET'S SPECTACULAR DEBUT IN LONDON IN 1956 BUT NONE MORE ENTHUSIASTICALLY THAN ANN, THEN 11 YEARS OLD, AND ALREADY WITH YEAR'S OF BALLET LESSONS BEHIND HER.

    IT WAS DURING A LESSON AT THE DOREEN ENGLISH SCHOOL IN FULHAM, NOT FAR FROM ANN'S THAMES-SIDE HOME AT MORTLAKE, THAT BOLSHOI CHOREOGRAPHER, ASSAF MESSERER, SAW ANN AND WAS IMMEDIATELY IMPRESSED.FOR THREE YEARS THE GREAT CHOREOGRAPHER AND THE GIRL WHO STARTED HER DANCING CAREER WITH LESSONS AT 2/60 A TIME KEPT IN TOUCH.THEN CAME THE INVITATION: "COME TO THE BOLSHOI BALLET SCHOOL - FREE." HER PARENTS, CARETAKER ALFRED STONE AND HIS WIFE DOROTHY, READILY GAVE THEIR CONSENT.

    FOR THREE YEARS ANN STONE LIVED AND WORKED IN THE EXCITING ATMOSPHERE OF THE BALLET SCHOOL, SHARING A FLAT WITH TWO BALLET STUDENTS FROM INDONESIA AND CUBA.THEN CAME A YEAR'S LEAVE AND DURING THIS TIME ANN WENT REGULARLY TO HER OLD DANCING SCHOOL IN FULHAM.TO THE YOUNG GIRLS TAKING THEIR EARLY STEPS IN A DANCING CAREER ANN WAS ALREADY A "STAR" TO BE LISTENED TO WITH ATTENTION AND RESPECT.

    ONE OF ANN'S FAVOURITE BALLETS IS "SWAN LAKE" SO SHE HAS A SPECIAL AFFECTION FOR THE SWANS THAT LIVE ON THE THAMES.ON HER WAY HOME FROM THE BALLET SCHOOL SHE ALWAYS HAS A HANDFUL OF BREAD FOR THEM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA85KOR00S55CO5STKM8MEVMZ2W
    Media URN:
    VLVA85KOR00S55CO5STKM8MEVMZ2W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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