Interview with Lillian Libman, 1977

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Interview with Lillian Libman, 1977
Libman, Lillian (Interviewee)
De Mille, Agnes (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1629
Protas, Ron
Tetley, Glen
Graham, Georgia
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Libman, Lillian
Graham, Martha
Martha Graham Dance Company
Oral histories
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Creation/production credits: Recorded by Agnes de Mille 1977
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 Agnes de Mille
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 32 minutes). Lillian Libman speaks with Agnes de Mille about being hired by Ron Protas to manage the Martha Graham Dance Company's European tour; Graham's bringing Glen Tetley to see Libman early in his career; her being blocked from communicating directly with Graham; the relationship of the Company's dancers with Graham; the European tour including Graham's high level of energy; Protas's relationship with Graham; rumors of Graham's having decided to bequeath all her works to Protas; problems with the way the tour was booked; Graham's publicity speeches for the Covent Garden performances; Graham's ability to inspire her dancers' performances; dealing with a dancer's mental instability; Jeordie [Georgia] Graham and her relationship with Martha; Graham's closed rehearsals; an anecdote about Graham shopping in Paris [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 40 minutes). Lillian Libman continues to speak about Martha Graham including how little money she spent on herself; an anecdote about Graham, Ron Protas and Rudolf Nureyev; more on Protas's relationship with Graham; Graham's choreography [gap from approximately 23:00 to 35:55 followed by a reiteration of an earlier part of the recording, but with better sound quality].
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 12 min.) : quarter-track; 1.78 ips
Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by occasional short gaps and extraneous noise including slight "tape hiss." Lillian Libman's voice is often soft and difficult to understand, especially on streaming file 2, which also includes a gap of approximately 13 minutes.
Interview with Lillian Libman conducted by Agnes de Mille in 1977, in New York City, as part of her research for her biography of Martha Graham entitled Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham- A Biography (1991).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 35217036
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12494236
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 46fdf470-c314-0133-bbfb-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1977: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Lillian Libman" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Lillian Libman" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 19, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Interview with Lillian Libman Retrieved from

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Interview with Lillian Libman