Interview with Barbara Weisberger, 1975

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Interview with Barbara Weisberger, 1975
Weisberger, Barbara (Interviewee)
Hunt, Marilyn, 1937- (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-10-31
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-375
Manen, Hans van, 1932-
Rhodes, Lawrence
Weisberger, Barbara
Pennsylvania Ballet
Grosse Fuge (Choreographic work : Manen)
Ballet companies -- Economic aspects
Ballet companies -- Administration
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Marilyn Hunt for the Brooklyn Heights Press 1975, October 31 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.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 5 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise, in particular in the first approximate 24 minutes. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Barbara Weisberger conducted by Marilyn Hunt on October 31, 1975 in New York (N.Y.) for the Brooklyn Heights Press. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Barbara Weisberger, founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet, speaks with Marilyn Hunt about the company and its upcoming residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music including the company's two New York premieres: George Balanchine's Symphony in C and Hans van Manen's Grosse Fuge; staging Balanchine's ballets; the use of apprentices to fill out the cast in Symphony in C; Hans van Manen and his relationship with the company; his ballet Grosse fuge; Lawrence Rhodes and other members of the company; the change to alphabetical listing of the dancers; the company's relationship with the Brooklyn Academy of Music; factors leading to the founding of the company, in Philadelphia, including Balanchine's encouragement; the spring season including the ballet La sylphide; Lupe Serrano; other ballets in the repertory including Lilac garden [Le jardin aux lilas] and Van Manen's Septet extra; the company's annual residency at the Nittany Mountain Summer at Pennsylvania State University [ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 17 minutes). Barbara Weisberger speaks about her ballet training including with Margaret Curtis at the Metropolitan Opera ballet; the end to her ballet training when she entered college; her family; financial aspects of running a dance company, in particular the constant need to raise funds; working with Benjamin Harkarvy in the direction and management of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 80893568
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118225
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 431f3380-c317-0133-ffc9-60f81dd2b63c
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Barbara Weisberger" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Barbara Weisberger" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2024.

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Interview with Barbara Weisberger