Interview with Alicia Alonso
NamesAlonso, Alicia (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-857
TopicsAlonso, AliciaBallet Nacional de CubaBallet Alicia AlonsoBallet dancing
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1978? Havana, CubaFunding: 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 TerryContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Alicia Alonso speaks with Walter Terry about the status of ballet when she was young; her early dance and acting training in Cuba; her first attempt to form a ballet company, with Nora Kaye and others; the formation of Ballet Alicia Alonso, a predecessor of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba; formation of a professional ballet school in Cuba, in 1953; continuing to dance as a guest artist while developing the company and school; her approach to directing, as for example, regarding the Wilis in Giselle; the influence of Antony Tudor on her work; training dancers to understand the distinctions in style and characterization appropriate to different classical ballets; her portrayal of Giselle over the years [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 20 minutes). Alicia Alonso speaks with Walter Terry about encouraging the expression of personality within the classical style; reminiscences about dancing in the corps of Ballet Theatre [now American Ballet Theatre] including anecdotes about her and Nora Kaye in the operas Aida and Il trovatore; the iinfluence of George Balanchine on her work including an anecdote about her dancing his Theme and variations; the objectives of what is called "psycho-ballet'; her continued enjoyment of dancing herself and watching others dance.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, but the speakers' voices are clear and easy to understand.
DescriptionInterview with Alicia Alonso conducted by Walter Terry Havana, Cuba, probably in 1978, as research for his book, Alicia and her Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1981).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 958936536NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118716Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 02d5f6c0-7958-0136-6143-03b574cad9a8
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