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Ruth Page Walk Thru No. 08 [April 11]

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Video Identifier: V.2011-05-0524
Run Time
0h 17m 19s
Date Produced
April 11 1985
     Ruth Page conducts an informal tour of her home at 209 East Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, an apartment she has occupied since the early 1970s. The tour, staged for use in the documentary, Ruth Page: Once Upon a Dancer, is broken into several sections, with several takes for each section.

     TIBETAN ROOM: Entrance into the study called the Tibetan Room, Ruth Page explains, because of the Tibetan prayer wheel given to her by her father, Dr. Lafayette Page, after their tour of the Orient; she shows her collection of dolls from Bali, Java, Japan, China, and Native American Kuni dolls. She points out Peabody Award for the televised production of The Merry Widow; figures of stars of the Diaghilev Ballet Russe and herself as the Infanta, obtained at the shop of Cyril Beaumont in London, during her season at the London Coloseum in 1920; Delfau paintings; portrait of Ruth Page as Peter Pan by Nicholas Remisoff. She discusses her first husband Thomas Hart Fisher.
     DINING ROOM: Ruth Page enters dining room coming from Tibetan room through living room. She points out full-length portrait of herself in Chinese robe of Mei Lan-Fan, painted by Delfau; large oil paintings by Antoni Clavé; an Oriental screen given to her by Remisoff. She exits dining room into kitchen.

     ORANGE ROOM: Ruth Page enters Orange Room through kitchen from dining room. She points out a set design by Noguchi for The Bells; the "Arabian Nights" lithograph series by Marc Chagall; designs by Georges Wakhevitch for her ballet El Amor Brujo; Clavé designs for Susanna and the Barber. She exits into rear hallway.

     REAR FOYER (IN SILENCE): Walk through rehearsal by production assistant tracing path Ruth Page will take through foyer and into studio. (SOUND) Ruth Page enters rear foyer from hallway and points out drawings by Lautrec, Picasso, Tchelitchev and a mask for Hear Ye! Hear Ye! by Remisoff. She enters studio.

     STUDIO: Ruth Page points out portrait of herself in practice clothes by Delfau; Delfau paintings of Harlequins and brothels of Bombay; discusses a dancer/choreographer's need for studio space in the home. Returning to rear foyer, closeup of portrait of Ruth Page by Clinton King.
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Chicago (production location of)