Interview with Patricia Neary, 1975

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Interview with Patricia Neary, 1975
Neary, Patricia (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-05-30
Table of Contents
Streaming file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Patricia Neary speaks with John Gruen about her background and how she became a member of New York City Ballet; some of her roles; her reasons for leaving New York City Ballet; her relationship with Balanchine; Robert Scevers and her brief time with the Harkness Ballet including her impression of Rebekah Harkness; evaluating her own dancing; leaving the Harkness Ballet and returning to work with Balanchine, including an anecdote about Balanchine and Rebekah Harkness; dancing and staging Balanchine's works at the Geneva Ballet [at the Grand Théâtre de Genève]; her time with the Stuttgart Ballet [Stuttgarter Ballett] including her impression of John Cranko [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. ; Streaming file 2 (approximately 48 minutes). Patricia Neary continues to speak with John Gruen about the Stuttgart Ballet and John Cranko; staging Balanchine's work Agon for the Stuttgart Ballet and other companies in Germany; her experience as assistant director of the Berlin Ballet; staging Balanchine's ballets for various companies in Europe; how she came to be the director of the Geneva Ballet; the company and its repertoire; her long and warm relationship with John Cranko; more on the Geneva Ballet and her responsibilities as director; her work outside the company; her admiration for the dancers in New York City Ballet today; her pride in what she has accomplished and her gratitude to Balanchine.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-379
Balanchine, George
Neary, Patricia
Cranko, John
New York City Ballet
Stuttgarter Ballett
Grand Théâtre de Genève. Ballet
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1975, May 30 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: 2 audiocassettes (approximately one hour and 36 minutes) : digital, stereo
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Patricia Neary conducted by John Gruen on May 30, 1975, as research for an article in Dance Magazine. The article, entitled Close-up: Patricia Neary, appeared in the September 1975 issue of Dance Magazine.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20259335
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 77ce9790-3158-0132-3283-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Patricia Neary, 1975" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975.

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Interview with Patricia Neary, 1975