Margot Fonteyn answers questions about ballet and her career
NamesFonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Speaker)Brass, Perry (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1984
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3036
TopicsFonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991
NotesContent: Margot Fonteyn answers questions from Perry Brass (?) and others, about ballet and her career, in spring 1984, in what sounds like a question and answer period following a lecture. The circumstances of the putative lecture and question and answer period are not identified.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Perry Brass? spring, 1984Funding: 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 28 min.) : polyester; quarter-track, 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss." However, Margot Fonteyn's voice is clearly intelligible.
DescriptionStreaming file (approximately 28 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Margot Fonteyn speaks about the problem of balancing the economic aspects of supporting a ballet company with the maintaining of artistic quality; in response to questions from Perry Brass (?) among others, Fonteyn speaks about Ninette de Valois and the lack of subsidies for Sadler's Wells Ballet prior to 1946; the special relationships between dancers; reasons she has done almost no coaching or teaching; her performance as Princess Aurora in New York City in 1949; three-act story ballets; dramatic ballerinas; reasons she does not want to be a an artistic director; dance in cinema, in particular the choreography of Fred Astaire, compared to dance on television; the dancer's responsibility to entertain the audience; the gradual merging of once-distinct ballet styles; Rudolf Nureyev and his role in raising the profile of male ballet dancers; Martha Graham's equal emphasis on men and women in her work; her identification with the character she is dancing, whoever the character may be.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913831279NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20731479Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 14473570-b8ea-0133-ecfb-60f81dd2b63c
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