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Additional title: Aleko (Choreographic work : Massine)
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979 (Choreographer)
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985 (Set designer)
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985 (Costume designer)
Jessen, Victor (Cinematographer)
Kaye, Nora, 1920-1987 (Dancer)
Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994 (Dancer)
Laing, Hugh (Dancer)
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (Performer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)

Victor Jessen Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1948 - 1959
Table of Contents
Scene I (ca. 9 min.) -- Scene II (ca. 5 min.) -- Scene III (ca. 17 min.) -- Scene IV (ca. 12 min.).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1672
Jessen, Victor
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: choreography, Leonide Massine ; music by [Peter] Tchaikowsky ; [scenery and costumes, Marc Chagall ; performed by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo].
Credits partially from book entitled Without permission, by Victor Jessen.
Creation/production credits: Filmmaker, Victor Jessen.
Performers: Possible dancers include Nora Kaye, Hugh Laing, Igor Youskevitch and members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Venue: Filmed during multiple performances between 1948-1959.
Funding: Transferred from film and cataloged with funds provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
System details: Streaming video, transferred from 16mm reversal print via Digital Betacam cassettes.
Biographical/historical: This film was pieced together by the filmmaker Victor Jessen from multiple performances with different cast members filmed from various camera angles throughout the theater.
Physical Description
Film reel
Extent: 1 film reel (46 min.) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm
Miscellaneous sections; sometimes brief segments overlap with repeated sections from different camera locations.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18067186
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): df6c0e90-f86e-0130-8fcd-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Creator Born
  • 1948: Created (Approximate)
  • 1979: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Aleko" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1948 - 1959.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Aleko" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 20, 2019.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1948 - 1959). Aleko Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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