Interview with Leon Danielian
NamesDanielian, Leon, 1920-1997 (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-820 Side 2
TopicsDanielian, Leon, 1920-1997Male dancers
NotesContent: Streaming audio file (approximately 48 minutes). Leon Danielian speaks with Walter Terry about some of the eminent American danseurs of his generation; playing to the audience, including an anecdote about dancing in a movie house; his first teacher Seda [Madame Seda Suny]; training with Mikhail Mordkin; Anton Dolan and his influence on Danielian; his reasons for leaving Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre]; joining the Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil and leaving just before the South American tour; the effect of World War II on American male ballet dancers in the United States; his large repertoire; his self-image as a dancer; Nora Kaye; training male dancers [beginning at approximately 36:50, the frequency and length of sections marred by severe distortion increases significantly]; his demi-caractère roles.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry ca. 1976? New York (New York)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 Walter Terry
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 48 min.)Sound quality overall ranges from very good to very poor. The recording is marred by "tape hiss" and there are segments where the voices are extremely distorted; these segments significantly increase in frequency and length at approximately 36:50 minutes into the streaming audio file.
DescriptionInterview with Leon Danielian conducted by Walter Terry in New York City, probably in or around 1976, as research for his book Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 954469982NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118644Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b5ab81b0-7956-0136-dc97-4564dc81985b
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