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Interview with Julie Kent

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Interview with Julie Kent
Additional title: Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project
Kent, Julie (Interviewee)
Thom, Rose Anne (Interviewer)
Bass, Anne H. (Funder)
Bernadi, François (Videographer)

Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2011
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7022
Kent, Julie
Barbee, Victor
Parkinson, Georgina
McKenzie, Kevin
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
Hermann, Jane
Tudor, Antony, 1908-1987
American Ballet Theatre
Ballet dancers
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Venue: Interview with Julie Kent conducted by Rose Anne Thom on Oct. 26, 2011 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City, as part of the Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project.
Creation/production credits: Video production and post-production, François Bernadi.
Funding: The recording of this interview was made possible by a gift from Anne H. Bass.
Content: A transcript (41 leaves) of this interview is available in the Dance Division. Call number *MGZMT 3-7022.
Physical Description
Born digital
Extent: 1 video file (85 min.) : sound, color
Julie Kent, principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), is interviewed by Rose Anne Thom. Kent speaks about her early training with Hortensia Fonseca; her interest in the narrative aspect of ballet; her early corps de ballet roles at ABT, particularly in The sleeping beauty; how she interprets roles in ballets, and the relationship between technique and the dramatic aspects of dance; how she was influenced by other dancers, by her husband Victor Barbee, and by her coach Georgina Parkinson; her relationships with three directors of ABT, namely Jane Hermann, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Kevin McKenzie, and with her partners; the experience of dancing in contemporary ballets, including works by Antony Tudor and Merce Cunningham; having works choreographed on her, including Lar Lubovitch's Othello; how her interpretations of roles have changed over the course of her career; and how having children has affected her career.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19563120
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 38863c40-f874-0130-27b2-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Julie Kent" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2011.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Julie Kent" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 17, 2017.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2011). Interview with Julie Kent Retrieved from

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Interview with Julie Kent