medici.tv Generously Sponsors
PBSI Student Awards
Exciting news for PBSI-2019 students!
For the upcoming summer,
we created a unique Award System, generously sponsored by medici.tv,
an online streaming platform with tons of fabulous rare ballet videos, in the best quality one can find: latest performances in HD as well as lovingly restored archival films.
Each week in Palermo talented and dedicated students of all three levels (Pre-Professional / Young Professional, Intermediate, and Beginner)
will be selected by PBSI Faculty and awarded medici.tv gift cards granting unlimited access to the medici.tv extensive ballet library,
a treasure trove for ballet students and anyone with a passion for ballet. The exact Award breakdown will be explained on the first day of the Program, during Orientation.
“It is a pleasure and a privilege for PBSI to team up with medici.tv to keep inspiring and educating students at home as well as at the studio,” says PBSI Founding Partner Catherine Innocente.
“There is no better way to celebrate a milestone than to be generous, and medici.tv has been truly generous with the Awards for our upcoming 2019 Season.”
To keep things in perspective, we asked some of our 2019 Master Teachers about watching ballet videos when they were ballet students themselves:
“In my young ballet student days we had such limited resources to watch and study ballet videos — no Internet, no DVDs, no VHS... nothing! I had to memorize performances that were broadcast on PBS (I still remember those!) ... I would watch Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker and Natalia Makarova who would be occasionally featured on a major network, Nureyev on The Muppets! We’d watch whatever we could get our hands on, and we had to tune in at the exact time of that programming or we wouldn’t be able to see it.”
“To see ballets in their entirety, not just the highlights, from companies around the world, is a phenomenal learning tool.”
“When I was fifteen, I went to NYC to study with the American Ballet Theatre. Many of my afternoons were spent at the Library of Performing Arts, watching whatever I could, discovering new performances and dancers I’d never heard of before. Now all that and more is at our fingertips on the Internet! And medici.tv streaming performances of ballets in full is an even greater resource for all dancers. To see ballets in their entirety, not just the highlights, from companies around the world, is a phenomenal learning tool. How far we have come, and how much farther to go!”
“When I was studying [at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet], it must have been circa 2000/2002, I remember this VHS tape circulating... it was being passed around, everyone ripping off even worse quality copies than the so-called original! It was a 2,5–3 hour video of the definitive male variations and pas de deux: mainly Baryshnikov, Acosta, Julio Bocca, [Andrei] Batalov, very young Sarafanov... It was a totally home-made tape, all female variations decidedly cut out.” Laughs. “Various fragments were glued together amateurishly but we couldn’t get enough of it! It was watched thousands of times, until it became unwatchable for all the scratches and wholes.”
“When I was a Vaganova student (1988 — 1996), we didn’t even have a VHS player at the dormitory. All we ever watched were the videos we were shown during our Ballet History lessons. They were terrible quality: it was way before they got restored... 21st century students are lucky to have such incredible resources.”
Jaelyn Grigoli, PBSI Executive Director of Dance:
“My real obsession with ballet videos started when I began training with the Russians. It was 1992 and I was 14. I wanted to fit right in with the Russian dancers for my first repertoire company classes and so I started studying each ballet, observing the tiniest nuances of Russian-style performances. I was obsessed with Altynai Asylmuratova’s Aurora variation, and I have this distinct memory of watching 20 second tidbits of this variation followed by immediate rewinding of the VHS tape, then watching and rewinding again, over and over. For those of you who’ve never had a VHS tape experience, this rewind is a really annoying process.” Laughs. “I remember ordering — and not online! — the entire Kultur collection of Bolshoi and Kirov videos available. I remember preparing to perform Kitri variation for a Gala at the French Embassy in DC, and constantly watching Nina Ananiashnili performing it at the Bolshoi. This is an amazing role for her, I was enamored with her rendition of this character. Just talking about it makes me wanna rewatch it again right now!” Laughs. “Oh, the memories!”