Interview with Stanley Holden, 1978
NamesHolden, Stanley (Interviewee)Tobias, Tobi (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-11-24 - 1978-11-25Place: Brooklyn, New York
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1008
TopicsChaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977Cranko, JohnDe Valois, Ninette, 1898-2001Ashton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988Holden, Stanley -- InterviewsSadler's Wells BalletRoyal BalletFille mal gardée (Choreographic work : Ashton)Enigma variations (Choreographic work : Ashton)Mademoiselle Angot (Choreographic work : Massine)Coppélia (Choreographic work : De Valois and Sergeev, N after Cecchetti, Ivanov and Petipa)Male dancers
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-1008.Content: Interview with Stanley Holden conducted by Tobi Tobias on November 24 and 25, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York, backstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source note: Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise.Date: Recorded by Tobi Tobias 1978, November 24 and 25 Brooklyn (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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 4 hr.) : analog, 1.875 ips, quarter-track, mono
DescriptionStreaming file 1, November 24, 1978 (approximately 46 minutes). Stanley Holden speaks with Tobi Tobias about meeting Charlie Chaplin and his admiration for him as an artist; his family and his childhood; his name change, from Waller to Holden; on being a character dancer; choreographing; his tap dancing classes; his children; ballet lessons and the stigma at that time of being a male ballet dancer.
Streaming file 2, November 24 and 25, 1978 (approximately 47 minutes). Stanley Holden speaks with Tobi Tobias about preparing for the RAD [Royal Academy of Dance] examinations; more on the difficulty of being a male dancer at the time; seeing his first ballet, Frederick Ashton's Façade; joining the Sadler's Wells Ballet [later the Royal Ballet]; Ninette de Valois as a person and as an artist and director [at approximately 27:46 minutes, the November 24 session ends, and the first November 25 session begins]; partnering; preparing for and developing a role, for example the Widow Simone in [Frederick Ashton's] La fille mal gardée and Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia.
Streaming file 3, November 25, 1978 (approximately 39 minutes). Stanley Holden speaks with Tobi Tobias about his approach to travesty roles, for example, the Widow Simone; Robert Helpmann in [Ninette de Valois'] The prospect before us; more on the role of Dr. Coppélius; his career at the Sadler's Wells Ballet/ Royal Ballet including interruptions for military service and injury; John Cranko, as an artist and as a person, including an anecdote about his revue Cranks.
Streaming file 4, November 25, 1978 (approximately 46 minutes.) Stanley Holden speaks with Tobi Tobias about the role of the Widow Simone in La fille mal gardée; working with Frederick Ashton including the difficulty of taking on a role created on another dancer, for example Bottom [created on Alexander Grant] in Dream; Ashton's Enigma variations and his working methods; Ashton as a person; the role of the Chief of Police in Leonide Massine's Mademoiselle Angot; touring with the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet; the different atmosphere in different theaters; the nature of character dancing and why it is so difficult to teach; more on his interpretation of Dr. Coppélius [ends abruptly].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118903RLIN/OCLC: 80535918Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 435d3240-b311-0133-2c41-3c07547a230f
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