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Carmina Burana (Court of Love Pas de Deux) [1962]

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Film Identifier: F.2011-05-0013
Run Time
0h 5m 50s
color and B&W
Date Produced
Ruth Page choreographed two versions of Carmina Burana, both set to Carl Orff's original music.  The first version was premiered in Chicago, at the Civic Opera House, on November 12, 1965.  
It used scenery by the House of Sormani, Milan and ostumes by Casa d'Arte Cerrstelli, Florence, after designs of Emmanuel Luzzati.  The performance was a joint endeavor between Page's Chicago Opera Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, including a children's chorus. The second version of Carmina Burana was first performed in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 9, 1967 by Ruth Page's International Ballet, with costumes and scenery by André Delfau.

This film depicts a studio rehearsal from Act 3 of the first version, filmed in 1962.
The film opens with a black & white view of a dance studio with a woman at center. She is costumed in a white leotard, an elaborate white headdress, and a bustle, of sorts, attached to her back; she is also wearing pointe shoes. She is dancing; her male partner awaits his entrance at the back of the room. After moving about the room a bit, she returns to center and her partner walks toward her, kneeling at her feet. The two begin an adagio, traveling little. Before long, he lifts her and her head nearly brushes the ceiling. He lifts her again and they move 'offstage;' the film then cuts into color footage of a male solo. The footage cuts and restarts several times--whenever the dancer has made an error, smiles, and begins again. The film ends while he is still rehearsing.
Additional Credits
Page, Ruth (is choreographer)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Kayan, Orrin (is performer)