Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977

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Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-813
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013
Male dancers
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1977 New York (N.Y.)
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 Walter Terry
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Walter Terry about his training in both dance and drama; his early career including Leonide Massine's confidence in his abilities; Franklin's innate sense of rhythm and his musicality; the rise of technical virtuosity and its influence on teaching; the rigors of touring; Franklin as a dancer, in particular his mature, virile affect; his theatricality including an anecdote about Frederick Ashton's advice to "just dance;" his approach to dramatic roles for example, the role of Stanley [in Valerie Bettis's Streetcar named desire] as compared to the role of the Hussar in Blue Danube; learning new ways of dancing in Massine's ballets [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 20 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Walter Terry about how working with different choreographers prepared him to dance in various styles; working with Frederick Ashton; his partners including Alicia Markova and Alexandra Danilova; the importance of theatricality and intelligence in performance including an anecdote about Danilova and Sergei Pavlovich [Serge Diaghilev]; his own wide range of roles, including even a role with spoken lines, in Ruth Page's Billy Sunday.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps as well as some distortion in the interviewee's voice. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Frederic Franklin conducted by Walter Terry in 1977 in New York (N.Y.). This interview is part of the research for Terry's book, Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 78818369
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118643
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 257fbed0-7960-0136-0234-03627b5b2150
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Item timeline of events

  • 1914: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 2013: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 15, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Interview with Frederic Franklin Retrieved from

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Interview with Frederic Franklin