• Short Summary

    London Festival Ballet performs in Prague.

  • Description

    Prague, Czechoslovakia.

    Close up shot of clothes on floor, pan to show a bag, pan to feet in ballet shoes of a ballet dancer during dance. Pan up to show a man dancing. Various shots of the dancers of the London Festival Ballet at rehearsal before performance in Prague. Various shots of the dancers during performance of the Swan Lake.

    (F/G Comb.)

    Date found in the old record - 02/06/1969. Czech voiceover.

    Additional notes from Jane Pritchard, April 2011:

    This clip shows Festival Ballet (London) in Noir et blanc (also known as Suite en blanc) and performed in Czechoslovakia as Cerny a bily. The performance takes place at the Hudebni Divadlo Karlin, Prague, on 17 April 1969. Dancers include (in order of appearance) Juan Sanchez(close up of male dancer), this is followed by Beryl Grey (then Artistic Director of the company) giving instructions. We then see David Adams and Helen Starr in the pas de deux, Helen Starr in "Cigarette", Carol Yule, Carol Grant and Sheila Melvin in "Siesta", Dagmar Kessler in "Flute" and the company in the finale.

    The choreography for Noir et blanc was by Serge Lifar, Music by Edouard Lalo and costumes by Norman McDowell.

    The London Festival Ballet is now English National Ballet

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:23:00 / 01:37:11:00
    UN 4447 G

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