Interview with George Skibine, Nathalie Krassovska and Igor Youskevitch, 1975
NamesSkibine, George, 1920-1981 (Interviewee)Shelton, Suzanne (Interviewer)Krassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005 (Interviewee)Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994 (Interviewee)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-02-15
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-608
TopicsFokine, Michel, 1880-1942Denham, Sergei, 1896-1970Skibine, George, 1920-1981Krassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005Youskevitch, Igor, 1912-1994Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Suzanne Shelton 1975, February 15 Dallas (Tex.)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: Gift Suzanne Shelton
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 22 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is fair. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, short gaps, and changes in volume. In addition, at times the participants speak over each other.
DescriptionInterview with George Skibine, Nathalie Krassovska, and Igor Youskevitch conducted by Suzanne Shelton on February 15, 1975 in Dallas, Texas as background for her article entitled: The Russians are here: when the Ballet Russe stopped touring, many of its dancers got off the bus in Texas (cataloged as: *MGZR Shelton, Suzanne. [Clippings - Works by] Texas Monthly, v 3 no 6, June 1975, p 49-50, 82. illus).
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). George Skibine, Nathalia Krassovska, and Igor Youskevitch discuss with Suzanne Shelton, their careers, the Ballet Russe [Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo], and related subjects including the history of the Ballet Russe; Michel Fokine, Sergei Denham, working with Leonide Massine and the Massine style; differences in generations of dancers; influence of the Ballet Russe in Texas; why Ballet Russe dancers settled in Texas; the life of the Ballet Russe dancers and intra-company relationships while on tour; Olga Preobrazhenska's school where the three met; the Ballet Russe repertoire and their preferred roles.
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 36 minutes). George Skibine, Nathalia Krassovska, and Igor Youskevitch tell anecdotes about each other; they discuss Skibine's and Youskevitch's military service and return to dancing; living in Texas; the life of a dancer; the decision to retire from dancing; seeing Anna Pavlova on film; dancing for the camera including an anecdote about Alexandra Danilova; Bronislava NIjinska; reasons for the disbanding of the Ballet Russe.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80414409NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118400Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3340f250-7958-0136-b206-372f81c28a80
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