Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976

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Title
Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976
Names
Krassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005 (Interviewee)
Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-07-27
Date Created: 1976-07-28
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-892
Topics
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942
Krassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005
Preobrajenska, Olga, 1870-1962
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
London Festival Ballet
Genres
Oral histories
Interviews
Notes
Additional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 3-892.
Content: Interview with Nathalie Krassovska conducted by Elisabeth Kendall on July 27 and 28, 1976, New York (N.Y.) for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by "tape hiss," but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Elizabeth Kendall for the Oral History Project July 27 and 28, 1976 New York (N.Y.)
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., 44 min.); polyester half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in
Description
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her family background and early ballet training; leaving (the former) Soviet Union for Paris, France; being reunited with her mother in Paris; life in Paris including her family's economic straits; studying with Olga Preobrajenska; her early performances including with Ballet 1933; dancing for Bronislava Nijinska including her impressions of Nijinska; dancing in Ida Rubenstein's company [Les Ballets de Madame Ida Rubinstein] at the Opéra de Paris, including in Michel Fokine's and Kurt Jooss's ballets; her experience with Ballets 1933 including her memories of George Balanchine; learning Fokine's ballet Spectre de la rose initially from Matilde Kschessinska [Matilʹda Feliksovna Kshesinskai︠a︡] and then from Fokine; performing in Fokine's Les sylphides; Serge Lifar; her time with René Blum's company [René Blum's Ballets de Monte Carlo] and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including the touring; her wide range of roles including her study of Spanish dance with La Argentinita; the United States tour; her memories of Alicia Markova and Alexandra Danilova; Krassovska's roles including in Leonide Massine's Le tricorne [Three-cornered hat]; [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 12 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her roles with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including in George Balanchine's La sonnambula [Night shadow]; Giselle, in particular her first time dancing the role; the role of Myrta including as compared to that of Giselle [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 30 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about Olga Preobrajenska as a teacher; joining the London Festival Ballet [now the English National Ballet] at the invitation of Anton Dolin; her time with the company including dancing in Nicholas Beriosoff's revival of Esmeralda; her brief engagement with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas including the reasons for her dissatisfaction with the company; teaching in Dallas, Texas.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 80088102
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118774
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9d7e3df0-822b-0136-3af1-1777d3d1a117
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Item timeline of events

  • 1918: Creator Born
  • 1976: Created (Approximate)
  • 2005: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976 - 1976. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1b89c960-3ba4-0134-cff7-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 8, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1b89c960-3ba4-0134-cff7-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976 - 1976). Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1b89c960-3ba4-0134-cff7-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976