Interview with John Curry, 1978
NamesCurry, John, 1949-1994 (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-11-30
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-815
TopicsCurry, John, 1949-1994Figure skating choreographersFigure skating -- ChoreographyIce dancingIce dancing -- ChoreographyIce dance choreographers
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1978, November 30 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
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with John Curry conducted by Walter Terry on November 30, 1978 in New York City. A third, unidentified person occasionally contributes a remark.
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). John Curry speaks with Walter Terry about choreographing for ice skating, including his use of its inherent dance potential; his use of the modern dance vocabulary including the body's center as the origin of movement; use of breath; his thoughts on the adaptation of Spanish steps to ice dancing; the spine in ice dancing; adapting Le spectre de la rose for ice dancing; the lack of information about ice skaters and ice skating choreography of the past; adapting The firebird for the ice; creating a full-length production, including the idea of basing it on a fairy tale such as the Snow Queen [Terry speaks briefly about Catherine Littlefield as an ice choreographer]; his idea for a production about King Ludwig II of Bavaria using [Richard] Wagner's music; an anecdote about Martha Graham; lighting and costumes; [Frederick Ashton's] A month in the country [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 13 minutes). John Curry speaks with Walter Terry about training skaters for ice dancing; the use of skating steps as a type of mime; charismatic performers; Margot Fonteyn and her influence on him.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 953996105NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118636Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1e573ee0-7960-0136-7d45-089dde1b0317
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