Interview with David Blair: staging a masterpieceAdditional title: Invitation to dance (Radio program)
NamesBlair, David, 1932-1976 (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1966-10-16
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-72
TopicsSergeev, Nikolaĭ Grigorʹevich, 1876-1951Blair, David, 1932-1976Royal BalletSleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Blair after Petipa, M)Swan lake (Choreographic work : Blair after Ivanov and Petipa, M)Ballet -- Production and directionChoreography -- Reconstructions
NotesFunding: 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.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded for radio station WNYC, New York for its series Invitation to dance October 16, 1966 New York (N.Y.)
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 24 min.) : acetate, half-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.The sound quality is excellent.
DescriptionInterview with David Blair conducted by Walter Terry, as host. Broadcast October 16, 1966 by radio station WNYC, New York, on its series Invitation to dance.
Streaming audio file (approximately 24 minutes). Walter Terry introduces David Blair, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who recently restaged a complete, four-act Swan lake for American Ballet Theatre. Blair speaks with Terry about traditional methods of preserving and reconstructing ballets; [Nikolaĭ Grigorʹevich] Sergeev's reconstruction of the Swan lake of [Marius] Petipa and [Lev] Ivanov for Ninette de Valois and the Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet); the Russian approach to choreography when restaging the classic ballets; how Blair was able to preserve the choreography (as transmitted by Sergeev) in his new production of Swan lake; why he believes it is important to retain the choreography of the classic ballets; his close-to-photographic memory for steps; his staging of Sleeping beauty in Atlanta, Georgia, using Sergeev's notebooks, for a ballet company composed of dancers from all over the United States; the Swan lake he staged a year ago, in Atlanta; his desire to continue producing ballets and eventually to choreograph; the necessity of limiting his work as a restager in order to be able to continue dancing; the approach he would take to choreographing; Terry's closing remarks.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 36193302NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117260Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 25e8a850-797c-0136-39eb-085681e9d2b3
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