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Interview with John Butler

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Interview with John Butler
Additional title: Invitation to dance (Radio program)
Butler, John, 1920-1993 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1967
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-74
Butler, John, 1920-1993 -- Interviews
Rhodes, Lawrence
Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007
Ilott, Pamela
Boston Ballet
Season in hell (Choreographic work : Butler)
Sebastian (Choreographic work : Butler)
Carmina burana (Choreographic work : Butler)
Ballet in television
Biographical/historical: Interview with John Butler conducted by Walter Terry as host for radio station WNYC, New York, on its series Invitation to dance, in 1967.
Funding: 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.
Venue: Recorded by radio station WNYC, New York for its program Invitation to dance 1967 New York (N.Y.)
Content: [Music and introduction of program by unidentified speaker.]
Content: [Music and closing remarks by unidentified speaker.]
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 31 minutes) : analog, 7.5 ips, polyester, half-track, 7 in.
The sound quality is fair. Volume is relatively low, and the recording is marred by tape hiss. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Walter Terry introduces John Butler; John Butler speaks about his choreography including his work for Martha Graham; working with the dancer Lawrence Rhodes of the Harkness Ballet on Butler's new ballet, Rimbeaud [A season in hell]; his ballet, Sebastian; the music of Gian Carlo Menotti; choreographing for the Boston Ballet; the problems of choreographing for television; working for Pamela Ilott, executive producer for the CBS television series, Lamp unto my feet; choreographing for opera ballets including Carmina burana and La traviata; the themes which inspire his choreography.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 37122339
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117380
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 51df79e0-3470-0137-4b47-3f12a56ce4d1
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Item timeline of events

  • 1920: Creator Born
  • 1967: Created
  • 1993: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with John Butler" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1967.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with John Butler" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 13, 2021.

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Interview with John Butler