Tana De Gamez speaks about Ballet Nacional de Cuba
NamesDe Gamez, Tana, 1920-Alonso, Fernando, 1914- (Interviewee)Alonso, Alicia, 1921- (Interviewee)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1968
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTL 4-1201[sound disc]
TopicsAlonso, Fernando, 1914-Alonso, Alicia, 1921-Ballet Nacional de CubaCarmen (Choreographic work : Alonso, Alberto)Ballet -- Political aspects
NotesTana de Gamez, host of the radio program Latin American World on WBAI, New York, speaks about the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Alicia Alonso, in a program recorded or broadcast in 1968 (tracks 1-5). De Gamez interviews Fernando Alsonso in the offices of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, in Havana, Cuba (tracks 6-7) and speaks briefly with Alicia Alonso, at a rehearsal of the company, also in the company's offices in Havana (final ca. 3 min. of track 7). The portion recorded in Cuba was recorded for the radio station WRBR-FM, New York.The sound quality of the first part (tracks 1-5) is good. The speakers are clearly audible in the second part (tracks 6-7), but the recording is severely marred by extraneous noise.Funding: Preservation was funded in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2000-2001.Acquisition: Tana de Gamez; Gift. NN-PD
Physical DescriptionExtent: 1 sound disc (ca. 29 min.):digital ;4 3/4 in.
DescriptionTracks 1 - 5 (ca. 22 min.). Tana de Gamez, host of the radio program, Latin American World, on WBAI, New York, speaks about the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Alicia Alonso; Alonso's successful career in the U.S. before moving back to Cuba; her recent performance in Alberto Alonso's Carmen; the various literary and musical sources of Carmen; Alberto Alonso's Carmen, including Alicia Alonso's performance; her partners, including Azarii Plisetskii; quotes Arnold Haskell's comments about Alicia Alonso; Alonso's life and reputation in Cuba today; the political aspects of Alonso's career, primarily the fact that she is barred by the U.S. government from performing in the U.S., the manner in which she is written (or not written) about by U.S. dance reviewers including Don McDonagh and Clive Barnes, and her patriotism.Tracks 6-7 (ca. 7 min.). [Extraneous noise]. Tana De Gamez speaks with Fernando Alonso about the Nacional Ballet de Cuba in the administrative office of the company, in Havana, Cuba about the company and his wife Alicia Alonso, and speaks about the politics of their situation [the site of the recording changes to a room where a rehearsal of the company is in progress]; De Gamez introduces Alicia Alonso, who invites her U.S. fans to come to see her company in Cuba.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 223398843NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16827951Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c14e1420-9740-0136-a5ef-0fe137a29c89
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