Interview with Raven Wilkinson, 1977
NamesWilkinson, Raven (Contributor)Anderson, Jack, 1935- (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-07-05
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-801
TopicsNovak, NinaAlonso, Alicia, 1921-Denham, Sergei, 1896-1970Wilkinson, RavenBallet Russe de Monte CarloRacism and the artsAfrican American dancers
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Jack Anderson July 5, 1977Funding: The processing 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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 31 min.) : polyester; half-track; 3.75 ips; 7 in.Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by extraneous noise.
DescriptionInterview with Raven Wilkinson conducted by Jack Anderson on July 5, 1977, probably in New York City. There is a second, unidentified person present who also participates in the interview.
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Raven Wilkinson speaks with Jack Anderson about her dance training as a child and adolescent; joining the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; company members who helped her including Alexandra Danilova; some of her roles; Alicia Alonso and her coaching of the corps de ballet in dramatic technique; anecdotes about Alicia Alonso and various performances; the strong company spirit at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; touring with the company in the southern United States [ends abruptly but continues directly on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 39 minutes). Raven Wilkinson speaks with Jack Anderson about touring in the southern United States and the racism she faced as an African-American including the threat of violence; Sergei Denham's response to the racism she encountered and his reproaches when she left the company; Nina Novak; the departure of various dancers.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 37633226NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118682Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ed668040-e426-0135-f1ba-492f8c9d6261
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