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Interview with Julie Kent: Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project

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    Statement of Responsibility: Interviewer, Rose Anne Thom.

    Interview with Julie Kent conducted by Rose Anne Thom on Oct. 26, 2011 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City, as part of the Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project.

    Creation/production credits : Video production and post-production, François Bernadi.

    Performers : Interviewee, Julie Kent.

    Venue : Videotaped at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Oct. 26, 2011.

    Funding : The recording of this interview was made possible by a gift from Anne H. Bass.

    System details: Streaming video.
    (creator) (Interviewee) Kent, Julie
    (Interviewer) Thom, Rose Anne
    (Funder) Bass, Anne H.
    (Videographer) Bernadi, François

    Oral History Project

    Dates / Origin
    Date Issued: 2011
    Library locations
    Jerome Robbins Dance Division
    Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7022
    Shelf locator: *MGZMT 3-7022
    Ballet dancers
    Ballet -- Study and teaching
    Audiotapes -- Kent, J.
    Physical Description
    Form: Electronic resource (Gmd)
    Form: 1 streaming video file (85 min.)
    Form: Sd., col. +
    Extent: Transcript (41 leaves)
    Julie Kent, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), is interviewed by Rose Anne Thom. Kent speaks about her early training with Hortensia Fonseca; her interest in the narrative aspect of ballet; her early corps de ballet roles at ABT, particularly in The sleeping beauty; how she interprets roles in ballets, and the relationship between technique and the dramatic aspects of dance; how she was influenced by other dancers, by her husband Victor Barbee, and by her coach Georgina Parkinson; her relationships with three directors of ABT, namely Jane Hermann, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Kevin McKenzie, and with her partners; the experience of dancing in contemporary ballets, including works by Antony Tudor and Merce Cunningham; having works choreographed on her, including Lar Lubovitch's Othello; how her interpretations of roles have changed over the course of her career; and how having children has affected her career.
    Type of Resource
    Moving image
    NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b19563120
    UUID: 38863c40-f874-0130-27b2-3c075448cc4b