Interview with Violette Verdy, 1978
NamesVerdy, Violette, 1933-2016 (Interviewer)Goldberg, June Evans (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-01
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-678
TopicsVerdy, Violette, 1933-Opéra de Paris. BalletOpéra de Paris. Ecole de danseOpéra de Paris. Ballet -- Economic aspectsDance companies -- AdministrationDance companies -- Economic aspectsBallet -- Production and direction
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by June Evens Goldberg 1978, January Paris, FranceFunding: 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: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 19 min.)Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Violette Verdy conducted by June Evans Goldberg in January 1978 at the Paris Opéra.
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Violette Verdy, director of the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet], speaks with June Evans Goldberg about returning to her native France after many years with the New York City Ballet; her aims and goals for the Paris Opéra de Paris ballether main responsibilities as director including with respect to the Opéra de Paris Ballet school; the challenge of working within the restrictions of the union rules; her multiple roles including that of teacher and coach; more on the challenges presented by the unions; the selection of repertory and recruiting of choreographers; plans for foreign and domestic tours; her intent to exercise her authority with discretion; her qualities of optimism and openness; the status of the Paris Opéra ballet as compared with that of the Paris Opéra; problems of sharing facilities with the opera; the frequency of performances and reasons the dancers generally do not like performing as part of an opera production; new productions; scheduling rehearsals; financial aspects including the dancers' compensation; government support of the arts in France; [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 33 minutes). Violette Verdy, director of the Paris Opéra Ballet, speaks with June Evans Goldberg about government support for the arts including creative conflicts and the locus of artistic control; the strengths and weaknesses of the dancers; performance venues other than the Paris Opéra; the style of the dancers; the company's version of La sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni); the Paris Opéra Ballet school; guest artists [short gap following apparent conclusion of the interview] some of the notable dancers in the company.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 77889798NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118525Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 208760f0-7958-0136-c8bb-3963a5e47652
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