Interview with Scott Douglas, October 30, 1978
NamesDouglas, Scott, 1927-1996 (Interviewee)Bowers, Theresa (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-10-30
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-586 (former)
TopicsDouglas, Scott, 1927-1996 -- InterviewsButler, John, 1920-1993Tetley, GlenSerrano, LupeChase, Lucia, 1897-1986Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)American Ballet TheatreRicercare (Choreographic work : Tetley)
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1978, October 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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (2 hours, 19 min.) : 1 7/8 in. per sec. ; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming file 1 (approximately 1 hour and 37 minutes). Scott Douglas speaks with Theresa Bowers about his background; his first professional engagements as a dancer including on the Orpheum circuit; his dance training during and after his military service, with William Christensen, Lester Horton, and Ruth St. Denis; his time with the San Francisco Ballet including an anecdote about Adolph Bolm; joining Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre] and dancing on the European tour; briefly, working with Antony Tudor; dancers including Igor Youskevitch, Nora Kaye, and Hugh Laing as coaches; some of his roles; his foot injury and recovery; his beginning to dance lead roles, on the South American tour; how he learns a role; more on Antony Tudor; Agnes de Mille; Jerome Robbins; his regret that he never worked with Martha Graham including an anecdote about Graham; John Butler.
Streaming file 2 (approximately 42 minutes). Scott Douglas continues to speak with Theresa Bowers about working with John Butler, in television; Glen Tetley including his work Ricercare; Butler's work Carmina burana; Douglas's choreographic efforts; Eugene Loring's work Capital of the world; Douglas's relationship with Lucia Chase; works by Herbert Ross in which he has danced; Lupe Serrano including as a partner; Jerome Robbins including the year Douglas danced for his company [Ballets: U.S.A.]; his experience as ballet master at the Stuttgarter Ballett.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80415544 NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118408Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7fb7f9e0-b2aa-0133-3b98-60f81dd2b63c
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