Interview with Rudolf Nureyev, 1978

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Interview with Rudolf Nureyev, 1978
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-04-25
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-825
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Spectre de la rose (Choreographic work)
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Statement of responsibility: Recorded by Walter Terry 1978, April 25
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
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Rudolf Nureyev speaks with Walter Terry about exploring, with Sol Hurok, the possibility of presenting a dance showcase at [Radio City] Music Hall [following a short gap at approximately 6:00, the venue changes, to a restaurant]; dancing Le spectre de la rose; designing the costume; an anecdote about Margot Fonteyn and Le spectre de la rose; his thoughts on Vaslaw Nijinsky; virtuosity as compared to stage presence; how he tried to portray Siegfried's melancholy mood in Swan lake and John Martin's review; some aspects of his training in the [former] Soviet Union [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 40 minutes). Rudolf Nureyev continues to speak with Walter Terry about his training in the [former] Soviet Union; he speaks about his current activities; his joy in dancing; roles he would like to dance and how his interpretation of roles has changed now that he is in his forties; his admiration for August Bournonville's choreography; Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet including his approach to Shakespeare; his interest in choreographing a poem by Lord Byron; his thoughts on portraying Nijinsky; Margot Fonteyn's ability to portray young women such as Juliet and Aurora, even now;
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 26 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by extraneous noise, which is quite loud at times.
Interview with Rudolf Nureyev conducted by Walter Terry on April 25, 1978. All but the first six minutes of the interview is conducted in a restaurant where, in a few instances, other, unidentified speakers, contribute to the discussion.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81222391
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118685
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 05365310-7960-0136-fa70-00af1bfe17c0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1938: Creator Born
  • 1978: Created
  • 1993: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Rudolf Nureyev" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Rudolf Nureyev" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 7, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1978). Interview with Rudolf Nureyev Retrieved from

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Interview with Rudolf Nureyev