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NYCB Vol. 3 No. 40 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

(3/12) In 1966, Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was filmed on a soundstage to preserve most elements of the original production.

Included here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the set. I find dancers at rest to be as interesting as dancers in motion. The 4th photo looks just like the composition of a Degas painting.

(top left) Jacques d'Amboise, Act II Divertissment, 1966.

(top center) Balanchine demonstrating on set for the movie, 1966.

(top right) Balanchine behind the camera. Swope, 1966.

(bottom left) Susan Hendl, Susan Pilarre and Diane Bradshaw on set, 1966.

(bottom center) Balanchine demonstrating on set, 1966.

(bottom right) Suzanne relaxing on set, 1966.

Photos by Martha Swope

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