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  • Short Summary

    Ballerinas exercise and prepare for a show; we see an excerpt of the ballet - no soundtrack.

  • Description

    There is no soundtrack for this issue.

    Titles read: "STEPS to Stardom".

    Sadler's Wells, London.

    Various shots of ballerinas limbering up at the bar and doing exercises. Nice M/S of a girl in ballet costume tying the ribbons of her ballet shoes. Another girl has her leg massaged by a woman. A ballerina practises a turn with a male dancer. Good shots of dancers in training and preparing for a show.

    We then see an excerpt from a ballet (could be rehearsal), with several dancers performing on the stage area.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1114.28
    Media URN:
    38822
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1935
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:54:00 / 01:52:39:00
    Canister:
    PT 267

Comments (1)

  1. David Sumray says

    This should be labelled 'Vic-Wells Ballet' - Sadlers Wells Ballet was not formed until 1939. The first part shows preparations and rehearsal for 'Swan Lake' with Alicia Markova and Robert Helpmann (premiere, November 1934). Markova appears in the first shots at the back, in tutu, wearing a small crown-like headdress. The group of four girls shown when the camera pans to the left includes at 0.13 includes Margot Fonteyn and Beryl Grey - Markova is centre back, and Grey appear to be at aright. At 0.24. the girl limbering-up looks like Fonteyn. At 0.27 we see Beryl Grey tying her slipper ribbons. At 0.34, we see Markova being massaged. At 0.46, we see Markova and Helpmann. The second part of the film shows Markova as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Stanley Judson as the Prince in the finale of 'Casse Noisette.'

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