Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1974
NamesKrassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005 (Interviewee)Southern Methodist University (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1974-02-19
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-609
TopicsKrassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005Preobrajenska, Olga, 1870-1962Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded for the Southern Methodist University Dance Department oral history project February 19, 1974 TexasFunding: 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 42 min.) : polyester half-track; 3.75 ips; 5 in.Sound quality is good.
DescriptionInterview with Nathalie Krassovska recorded on February 19, 1974 for the Southern Methodist University Dance Department oral history project; the interviewers are not identified.
Streaming audio file (approximately 42 minutes). [Sound check.] Nathalie Krassovska speaks about her childhood and family background, including her birth in Leningrad [then Petrograd, now St. Petersburg], moving as a child to Moscow, and her early training with Olga Preobrajenska; emigrating to Paris, France, shortly after being accepted at the Bolshoi Ballet school; her training in Paris; her acceptance into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; her mother, who danced with the Ballets russes as Lydia Krassovska; Nathalie's real last name, Leslie; her grandmother, also a former ballet dancer; Preobrajenska's methods for putting students on pointe at an early age; ballerinas whom she particularly admired including Vera Nemchinova, Alexandra Danilova, and Alicia Markova; Sergei Lifar and his engaging her for a South American tour; joining the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a principal; her family in the United States including her (late) father, Basil Leslie, and her step-mother; an anecdote about being reunited with her mother in Paris; her life in Paris including her family's economic straits; some of her roles, in particular in Michel Fokine's ballets; meeting Queen Mary [consort of George V, King of Great Britain]; dancing Giselle in Paris with Preobrajenska in the audience; her personal life; working on her technique.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 37633203NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118401Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fc00db90-216f-0136-f2d9-3f1767d53073
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