Interview with Maria Karnilova, 1976-1977
NamesKarnilova, Maria (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976-06-17Date Created: 1977-06-16
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-427
TopicsMordkin, Mikhail, 1881-1944Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942Bock, Jerry. Fiddler on the roofDolin, Anton, 1904-1983Karnilova, Maria -- InterviewsKander, John. Zorbá (Musical)American Ballet TheatreMetropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.). BalletMusicals
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 5-427.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred at times by "tape hiss".Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded byWalter Terry June 17, 1976 and June 16, 1977 New York (N.Y.)Funding: The processing 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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 3 hr.) ; polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, June 17, 1976 (approximately 52 minutes). Maria Karnilova speaks with Walter Terry about differences (in their early days) between Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) and New York City Ballet; Karnilova's training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet including her memories of Rosina Galli; her family background; her family's internment in the (former) Soviet Union and later escape, in the 1920s; the circumstances of how she came to study at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet school; touring with Victor Dandré's opera company; dancing for Mikhail Mordkin and for Michel Fokine; her life at the time, making do on very little; her memories of Mordkin, Fokine, and Vera Fokina; her brief experience dancing on the vaudeville circuit; dancing in the musical, Stars in your eyes including an anecdote about Alicia Alonso teaching her how to time-step; the beginnings of Ballet Theatre including the gradual ousting of Mordkin; some of the early company members; Fokine's control of casting; Anton Dolin and Antony Tudor including how they differed in their teaching methods [ends abruptly but continues directly on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 42 minutes). Maria Karnilova speaks with Walter Terry about Antony Tudor as a teacher; her brief experience with American Ballet Caravan and working with George Balanchine; the reasons she left and rejoined Ballet Theatre; working with Anton Dolin; Tudor's psychological approach as for example her role in Tudor's Lilac garden [Jardin aux lilas]; the mentoring she received from her teachers and the choreographers she worked with; Agnes de Mille; ballerinas she admired including Alexandra Danilova; her single season with Jerome Robbins' company Ballets: U.S.A., including Robbins' perfectionism; Lucia Chase including her love of the novel and the exotic; various dancers in Ballet Theatre including some of her partners; reasons Dolin was such a good partner; her memories of Erik Bruhn; her admiration for Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Streaming audio file 3, July 16, 1977 (approximately 52 minutes). Maria Karnilova speaks with Walter Terry about her career in musicals including how she came to be cast in the musical revue Call me Mister; her continuing to appear as a guest artist with Ballet Theatre, most frequently in [Frederick Ashton's] The judgment of Paris; her roles in Miss Liberty and Out of this world; her work as an understudy in a production of Ulysses; her role in the musical Gypsy as a milestone in her transition to acting; her role as Dolly Levi in a regional production of the play The matchmaker; dancing in Two's company; Jerome Robbins' talent for portraying young love; her return to dancing at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet; her memories of Kirsten Flagstad; her impressions of Rudolf Bing; Donald Saddler and his role in bringing her back to dancing, in his ballet Winesburg, Ohio; the musical Bravo, Giovanni and the choreographer Carol Haney [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 4].
Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 33 minutes). Maria Karnilova speaks with Walter Terry about her experience in Bravo, Giovanni, including Walter Kerr's negative review of her performance; her experience playing Golde in Fiddler on the roof'; Zorbá and her role of Madame Hortense; her role of Mamita in Gigi,
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 37283367NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118277Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 39ec9260-e437-0135-1512-21e19286bb2c
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