Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976

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Title
Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976
Names
Geva, Tamara (Interviewee)
Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-05-04
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1860
Topics
Geva, Tamara
Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929
Balanchine, George
Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986
De Mille, Agnes
Cecchetti, Enrico, 1850-1928
Geva, Tamara. Split seconds
Ballets russes
Romeo 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
Genres
Oral histories
Interviews
Notes
Bibliographic 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 4
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.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 27 min.) ; polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
Description
Streaming 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 Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 35729074
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12580301
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 34dc62e0-c803-0135-a5fa-5511adbf576a
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d5ec560-3b72-0134-dd7f-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 20, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d5ec560-3b72-0134-dd7f-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d5ec560-3b72-0134-dd7f-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Tamara Geva, 1976