Allegra Kent and Todd Bolender coaching The Unanswered Question (from Ivesiana)Additional title: Unanswered QuestionAdditional title: Ivesiana (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Kent, Allegra (Teacher)Kent, Allegra (Interviewee)Bolender, Todd (Interviewee)Bolender, Todd (Teacher)Gottlieb, Robert, 1931- (Interviewer)Taylor, Janie, 1980- (Dancer)Cornejo, Herman (Dancer)Angle, Jared (Dancer)Hanna, Stephen (Dancer)Orza, Seth (Dancer)Seth, Henry (Dancer)McDill, Nancy (Instrumentalist)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Project director)Brooks, Virginia Loring (Editor)Hlinka, Nichol (Director)Otterson, William (Technical director)Clarke, James (Videographer)MacDonald, Jim, 1935- (Editor)New York City Ballet (Dancer)American Ballet Theatre (Dancer)George Balanchine Foundation (Producer)George Balanchine Foundation (Donor)Ives, Charles, 1874-1954 (Composer)
George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 2013Place: New York, N.Y.Publisher: George Balanchine Foundation
Table of ContentsCoaching session (22 min.) / coaches, Allegra Kent and Todd Bolender ; dancers, Janie Taylor and Herman Cornejo with Jared Angle, Stephen Hanna, Seth Orza, Henry Seth -- Run-through (5 min.) / dancers, Janie Taylor and Herman Cornejo with Jared Angle, Stephen Hanna, Seth Orza, Henry Seth -- Interview (19 min.) / interviewees, Allegra Kent and Todd Bolender ; interviewer, Robert Gottlieb.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 2551
TopicsKent, AllegraBolender, ToddBalanchine, GeorgeIves, Charles, 1874-1954. Contemplations. Unanswered questionBallet -- Study and teachingChoreographyMusic and dance
GenresFilmed danceInterviewsFilmed performances
NotesContent: Title from opening video credits.Creation/production credits: Music, Charles Ives (The Unanswered Question, 1906) ; technical director, William Otterson ; cameras, James Clarke ; sound, Robert Matteo ; production, Otterson TV, inc.; on-line editor, Jim MacDonald ; photographer, Radford Bascome.Performers: Pianist, Nancy McDill.Performers: Dancers, Janie Taylor (principal dancer, New York City Ballet), Herman Cornejo (principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre) ; Jared Angle, Stephen Hanna, Seth Orza, Henry Seth (New York City Ballet) ; assisted by Sara Leland (ballet master, New York City Ballet)Venue: Videotaped during rehearsal and interview at the New York City Ballet studios, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y. on 2004 March 21.Funding: This project was assisted by a special grant for The National Endowment for the Arts.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation; 2013.Biographical/historical: The Unanswered Question premiered on September 14, 1954 by New York City Ballet at City Center of Music and Drama, N.Y. with Allegra Kent and Todd Bolender ; Ivesiana originally consisted of six sections: Central Park in the Dark; Hallowe'en; The Unanswered Question; Over the Pavements; In the Inn; In the Night.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) (46 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
DescriptionAllegra Kent and Todd Bolender discuss George Balanchine's Unanswered Question; how Kent loved the fall back; the music being jarring and startling; how the piece created anxiety in the audience; Stanley Kubrick attended the first performance; the scariest moment for Kent was the opening because of the lights creating an unstable feeling; the anticipation of the first rehearsal and not knowing what it was going to be; promenade variations used in Balanchine's works; the original costumes for this work had Bolender in cut-off tights and Kent in a white leotard; Kent started dancing late at the age of eleven and decided to become a ballet dancer because of Balanchine's La Sonnambula ; Bolendar started dancing with Ballet Caravan and then briefly Ballet Russe, and after the war, Ballet Society; Balanchine changing some of the movements for television; and the difference between Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20244016Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 13fd5f50-3139-0132-a1d0-3c075448cc4b
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