Interview with Conrad Ludlow and Joyce Feldman Ludlow, 1979Additional title: Interview with Joyce Feldman Ludlow, 1979
NamesLudlow, Conrad (Interviewee)Hunt-Nishi, Marilyn (Interviewer)Ludlow, Joyce Feldman (Interviewee)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1979-01-04
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-550
TopicsBalanchine, GeorgeLudlow, Conrad -- InterviewsLudlow, Joyce Feldman -- InterviewsNew York City BalletSan Francisco BalletMale dancers
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-550.Biographical/historical: Interview with Conrad Ludlow and Joyce Feldman Ludlow conducted by Marilyn Hunt on January 4, 1979 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Conrad Ludlow is in effect the sole speaker in streaming audio file 2 and much of streaming audio file 3; in this section of the recording, Joyce Feldman Ludlow contributes only a few remarks.Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair to good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Marilyn Hunt 1979, January 4 Oklahoma City (Okla.)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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audio cassettes (approximately 2 hr., 47 min.)
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Conrad Ludlow and Joyce Feldman Ludlow speak with Marilyn Hunt about their background and dance training including Joyce's impressions of George Balanchine; Conrad's experiences with the Christensen brothers [Lew, William, and Harold] and the San Francisco Ballet; Conrad's joining New York City Ballet; his experience dancing at Radio City Music Hall; dancing for New York City Ballet including in Balanchine's ballet Agon; his impressions of Balanchine; his military service, in the Korean War; his experiences with New York City Ballet after his return from military service [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 47 minutes) Conrad Ludlow speaks with Marilyn Hunt about his experience on returning to New York City Ballet after his military service, in particular, his intense performance schedule; his thoughts on partnering and some of his partners including Patricia McBride; working with Balanchine; reflections on performing, ego, and personality, with reference to himself and other dancers; some of his favorite roles; the role of male dancers in Balanchine's choreography including his observations on Peter Martins, [Mikhail] Baryshnikov, Jacques D'Amboise, and Edward Villella [ends abruptly but continues on sstreamingaudio file 3].Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 48 minutes) Conrad Ludlow speaks with Marilyn Hunt about Balanchine and male dancers including Arthur Mitchell; more on Balanchine's choreography; more on his roles, including that of Oberon in Midsummer night's dream, and on performing; more on partners and partnering including his experiences with Melissa Hayden, Violette Verdy, Nancy Johnson, and Mimi Paul; performing in Balanchine's ballets Jewels and Episodes [Joyce Feldman Ludlow rejoins the conversation]; Conrad's choreography including Balanchine's influence [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 4].Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 25 minutes) Conrad Ludlow and Joyce Feldman Ludlow speak with Marilyn Hunt about Conrad's choreography including the various limitations within which he must work; their great admiration, respect, and affection for Balanchine; their plans to leave [Oklahoma City] for San Francisco; the lack of support for ballet in Oklahoma City.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 83574500NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118355Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 75595210-76fd-0136-0b60-6739969682c9
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