The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 10 Episode 6

The Man Who Dances: Edward Villella

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 08, 1968 on NBC
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The Man Who Dances: Edward Villella

Narrated by Don Morrow with performances by Edward Villella and Patricia McBride.

Excerpts of ballet performances showing Villella and Patricia McBride dancing "Tarantella," "Jewels," and "Harlequinade," choreographed by George Balanchine.
Interview with Villella as he decides whether to dance at a sold-out performance of Balanchine's "Rubies" after suffering a collapse on stage during a matinee performance on November 19 attended by nearly three thousand people.
Scenes leading up to this incident follow, with Villella at home; working in the studio; preparing for guest appearances; performing one of his own works with Patricia McBride; giving a lecture and demonstration at his alma mater; working in class; rehearsing "Rubies"; performing "Glinkiana"; and relaxing backstage afterward.
On the evening after his collapse, Villella's wife, Janet, is shown trying to dissuade him from giving his third performance of the day. The program cuts to Villella's performance of "Rubies" that night.


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