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Interview with Kathryn Mullowny, April 1976

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Interview with Kathryn Mullowny, April 1976
Mullowny, Kathryn (Interviewee)
Huckenpahler, Victoria, 1945- (Interviewer)

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-04
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZT 5-345 (former)
Trefilova, Vera, 1875-1943
Egorova, Lubov Nikolaevna, 1880-1972
Astaf'eva, Serafima Aleksandrovnaeva
Kshesinskai͡a, Matilʹda Feliksovna, 1872-1971
Rasch, Albertina
Balanchine, George
Preobrajenska, Olga, 1870-1962
Gardiner, Lisa
Gardner, Paul, 1895-
Mullowny, Kathryn -- Interviews
American Ballet Company
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.). Ballet
Oral histories
Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.
Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair. There is extraneous noise including "tape hiss" as well as occasional short gaps. The volume of streaming file 3 is considerably lower than that of streaming files 1 and 2, particularly in the first approximate 14 minutes. However, overall the speakers' voices are intelligible.
Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts April, 1976 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
Audiotape reel
Extent: 2 audiotape reels (approximately 2 hr., 14 min.) : analog, 3.75ips., half-track, polyester; 5 in.
Streaming file 1 (approximately 42 minuets). [Begins abruptly.] Kathryn Mullowny speaks with Victoria Huckenpahler about touring with Chester Hale; her experience as a dancer in the musical comedy Flying colors, including a rehearsal anecdote about Agnes de Mille; Albertina Rasch; her experience in the musical comedy As thousands cheer; auditioning for [Leonide] Massine and Colonel [W.] de Basil and her reasons for not accepting their offer [to tour with Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil]; taking class at the American School of Ballet including her impressions of George Balanchine; her other teachers including [Pierre] Vladimiroff, Muriel Stuart, and Anatole Vilzak; anecdotes about Balanchine; the first performances of his work Serenade; dancing in the musical comedy The great waltz; Balanchine's Reminiscence and his Alma mater; touring with American Ballet Company including an anecdote about [first name?] Mirovich's absconding with the company's money [ends abruptly]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 39 minutes). Kathryn Mullowny speaks with Victoria Huckenpahler about George Balanchine and the Metropolitan Opera ballet including performance anecdotes; Balanchine's Baiser de la fée including rehearsal and performance anecdotes about [Igor] Stravinsky; anecdotes about Balanchine, [Samuel] Goldwyn, and William Dollar [in connection with Goldwyn's follies]; touring with Ballet Caravan including in Cuba; performing with Frank Fay in a vaudeville act; the birth of her son; her new career as a dance teacher; taking ballet class with Madame [Olga] Preobrajenska; her private classes with Mathilde Kschessinska, her students; her life today [ends abruptly]. Streaming file 3 (approximately 53 minutes). Kathryn Mullowny speaks with Victoria Huckenpahler about her family and early dance classes; her social dancing; ballet studies with Lisa Gardiner and Paul Tchernikoff (Paul Gardner) including her impressions of Gardiner and Gardner; her father's death; teaching dance to local children in order to pay for her own dance studies; studying with Vera Trefilova and [Lubov Nikolaevna] Egorova in Paris; her classes with Serafima [Aleksandrovna] Astaf'eva in London; classes with Albertina Rasch and her first professional engagements in New York City [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 78566876
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118156
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e891710-b296-0133-0644-60f81dd2b63c
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Interview with Kathryn Mullowny