Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976
NamesGeva, Tamara (Interviewee)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976-05-04
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1860
TopicsGeva, TamaraDiaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929Balanchine, GeorgeLifar, Serge, 1905-1986De Mille, AgnesCecchetti, Enrico, 1850-1928Geva, Tamara. Split secondsBallets russesRomeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : Balanchine and Nijinska)Triumph of Neptune (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. On your toes
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall.Venue: Recorded for the Oral History Project of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1976, May 4Funding: 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 27 min.) ; polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Tamara Geva speaks with Nancy Reynolds about her transition from dancing to singing; some of the theatrical productions and films in which she appeared including The Trojan women directed by Margaret Webster, and George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance; her book Split seconds: a remembrance; her father including his theater collection; reminiscences of Lidia Ivanova and Mathilda Kchessinska; her time dancing for Serge Diaghilev [and the Ballets russes]; the teachers at the School of American Ballet compared to her teachers in Russia; toe shoes; early works of George Balanchine including Romance and and Enigma; leaving Russia; her impressions of Diaghilev; the opening of [Bronislava Nijinska's and Balanchine's] Romeo and Juliet in Paris [in 1926] and the uproar over the Joan Mirò curtain; Enrico Cecchetti as a teacher; [ends abruptly but continues directly on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 35 minutes). [The first approximate 20 seconds reiterate the final approximate 20 seconds of streaming audio file 1.] Tamara Geva speaks with Nancy Reynolds about Serge Diaghilev and her time at the Ballets russes; George Balanchine's The triumph of Neptune; Serge Lifar and his plastic surgery; [Balanchine's] Pastorale and his Chant du rossignol [Song of the nightingale]; the seemingly random course of her career; Balanchine's working style; the revue Three's a crowd and her dance Talkative toes; Clifton Webb; the musical Flying colors including her initial plan to engage Agnes de Mille as a choreographer; her regret that she stopped dancing when she did; [Balanchine's] Slaughter on 10th Avenue [originally performed as part of the musical comedy On your toes]; hindsight as to mistakes she made in her career.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 35729074NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12580301Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 34dc62e0-c803-0135-a5fa-5511adbf576a
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