Interview with Freddy Wittop

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Interview with Freddy Wittop
Additional title: Invitation to dance (Radio program)
Wittop, Freddy (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1966-12-18
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-277
Wittop, Freddy
Swan lake (Choreographic work : Blair after Ivanov and Petipa, M)
Costume design
Costume designers
Funding: The processing and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for WNYC New York for its series Invitation to dance December 18, 1966 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 26 min.) : acetate; half-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is very good.
Interview with Freddy Wittop conducted by Walter Terry for broadcast on December 18, 1966 by radio station WNYC, New York on its series Invitation to dance. Streaming audio file (approximately 26 minutes). [Music and introductory remarks]. Walter Terry introduces the program and his guest, Freddy Wittop; Freddy Wittop speaks with Walter Terry about his background including his dancing under the stage name of Federico Rey with La Argentina; his interest since childhood in design and dance; seeing La Argentinita, and being inspired to perform Spanish dance; designing for dance and for musical comedy including his experience designing the costumes for Mary Martin in I do, I do; the costumes for the musical comedy Carnival; designing the costumes for American Ballet Theatre's Swan lake, choreographed by David Blair; working with Oliver Smith, the set designer; more on designing for musical comedies including an anecdote about a costume he designed for a leading actress; differences between designing for dance and for opera; his experience with [the never officially opened on Broadway, 1966 production of] Breakfast at Tiffany's; his next commission [closing remarks and music].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 37122373
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117949
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 05dff040-797c-0136-6715-097282a96c7a
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Freddy Wittop" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1966.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Freddy Wittop" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 14, 2022.

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Interview with Freddy Wittop