Gloria Govrin - now artistic director of Eastern Connecticut Ballet in East Lyme - danced with New York City Ballet from 1959 to 1974 and was promoted to soloist in 1963. An unusually tall dancer, she inspired Balanchine to choreograph several distinctive roles on her. Among the most important are the revised Coffee variation in George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," Hippolyta in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the soloist in the first movement of Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.
Govrin will analyze these roles for the cameras of the George Balanchine Foundation's Interpreters Archive. This video series seeks to document the ideas and insights of those on whom Balanchine created major roles, in an attempt to capture his original intentions through coaching sessions with dancers of today. Taping is scheduled to take place next week at the New York City Ballet studios in the Rose Building, Lincoln Center, New York.