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Peter Martins interview
Villella, Edward, 1936- (Interviewer)
Martins, Peter, 1946- (Interviewee)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Producer)

Dance in America Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1982-02-10
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7483
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4815 (former)
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Bournonville, August, 1805-1879
Balanchine, George
Williams, Stanley, 1925-1997
Kongelige Danske ballet
New York City Ballet
Bournonville divertissements (Choreographic work : Williams after Bournonville)
Television programs
Televised dance
Content: Unedited footage.
Venue: Recorded on February 10, 1982, for WNET/Thirteen's Dance in America program Bournonville dances. For the complete program, see *MGZIC 9-448 Bournonville dances.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (37 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Peter Martins, then a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, talks about making the transition from Bournonville to Balanchine. He discusses the distinguishing characteristics of Bournonville's choreography, finding many similarities to the choreography of Balanchine. He pays tribute to Stanley Williams, the choreographer of Bournonville divertissements (retitled Bournonville dances for this telecast), and comments upon the differences between the Royal Danish Ballet's and New York City Ballet's interpretations of Bournonville's choreography.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12394597
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 876d6c60-7bae-0135-32de-21acf8337bff
Rights Statement
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  • 1982: Created
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Peter Martins interview" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1982.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Peter Martins interview" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 13, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1982). Peter Martins interview Retrieved from

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Peter Martins interview