Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet, 1979

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Title
Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet, 1979
Names
Simone, Kirsten (Interviewee)
Brabants, Jeanne, 1920- (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-12
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-952
Topics
Karstens, Gerda, 1903-1988
Simone, Kirsten -- Interviews
Brabants, Jeanne, 1920-
Volkova, Vera
Kongelige Danske ballet
Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen
Opéra de Paris. Ballet
Sylvia (Choreographic work : Darsonval after Mérante)
Manfred (Choreographic work : Nureyev)
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1979 Copenhagen (Denmark); Antwerp (Belgium), and Paris (France)
Funding: The conservation 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.
Acquisition: Oral History Archive. Gift of Walter Terry.
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Kirsten Simone speaks to Walter Terry about mime classes with Gerda Karstens including the roles she learned; the extent to which improvisation is permitted on stage; how she feels about performing character roles; roles she would like to dance; preparing for a mime role; teaching; her approaches to the roles of Odette and of Odile [in Swan lake], of Lucile Grahn and Marie Taglioni in Pas de quatre, and of Carmen in Roland Petit's Carmen; Vera Volkova, in particular, her coaching; the role of Roxanne in [Roland Petit's?] ballet Cyrano de Bergerac; continuing to dance on pointe; her dramatic approach to certain Balanchine roles; changes in her approach depending on her partner and the other dancers on stage; other roles; retiring from the classic ballerina roles; her regret concerning the repertoire during Fleming Flindt's tenure as director of the Royal Danish Ballet [Kongelige Danske ballet]; acting as essential to roles in [August] Bournonville's ballets [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). Kirsten Simone speaks to Walter Terry about developing as a dramatic dancer; the Russian style as most suited to her body [at approximately 3:54 minutes, the interview with Simone ends, and the interview with Jeanne Brabants begins]. Jeanne Brabants speaks with Walter Terry about the creation and development of the Royal Ballet of Flanders [Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen]; the history of the school; the administration of the school and the company; the junior company; the repertory including the emphasis on modern ballets; teaching ballet at music schools [at approximately 28:00 minutes, the interview with Brabants ends, and Terry's self-recorded review notes begin]. Walter Terry speaks about the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet] production of Sylvia (Lycette Darsonval after Louis François Mérante); rehearsals at the Royal Ballet of Antwerp [Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen]; more on the company and school; Rudolf Nureyev's ballet Manfred; briefly, comments on a lecture-demonstration with the students of the Paris Opéra Ballet and a performance he saw by an unidentified Romanian avant-garde dance company.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 32 min.)
Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise.
Description
Interview with Kirsten Simone conducted by Walter Terry on December 1, 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark (approximately 51 minutes); interview with Jeanne Brabants conducted by Terry in December 1979 in Antwerp, Belgium (approximately 24 minutes); and review notes, primarily regarding the Paris Opéra Ballet, recorded by Terry in Paris, France (approximately 17 minutes).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 78375022
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118863
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bd775e90-7957-0136-3637-0a7c742b16f5
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/087f0420-c31d-0133-c7cd-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 21, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/087f0420-c31d-0133-c7cd-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/087f0420-c31d-0133-c7cd-60f81dd2b63c

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Interviews with Kirsten Simone and Jeanne Brabants; review notes on the Paris Opéra Ballet