Interview with Peter Martins, 1978
NamesMartins, Peter, 1946- (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-01-16
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-778
TopicsBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Martins, Peter, 1946-Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Citation/reference: For edited transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-778.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1978, January 16 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.Acquisition: Gift John Gruen
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 17 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and short gaps.
DescriptionInterview with Peter Martins conducted by John Gruen on January 16, 1978, in New York City, as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). John Gruen and Peter Martins speak about Erik Bruhn including Bruhn's hospitality to Gruen while he was in Denmark; Martins speaks about Bruhn's influence on the younger generation of dancers, including as compared with that of Rudolf Nureyev; Bruhn's perfectionism; how Martins and his fellow dancers at the Royal Danish Ballet viewed Bruhn when he came to Denmark; Martins' debut at the Royal Danish Ballet, in Frank Schaufuss' work Garden party, with Erik Bruhn; his own relationship at that time with Bruhn including Bruhn's advice regarding Martins' leaving the Royal Danish Ballet; Bruhn's coaching him in Balanchine's ballet Divertimento no. 15; his friendship with Bruhn including his assessment of Bruhn's character; Nureyev, including how he was first viewed by Martins and his peers; how Bruhn and Nureyev behaved in class together [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 31 minutes). Peter Martins continues to speak about Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev; his feelings about Bruhn as a person and as an artist; his influence on Martins; Peter Schaufuss; how Martins feels when he is dancing including as compared with Bruhn and Nureyev; Bruhn in character roles including an anecdote about a performance of La sylphide in which Nureyev danced James and Bruhn played Madge; Bruhn's contribution to ballet.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82341781NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118701Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 745cf0a0-7960-0136-af58-25372b8634b5
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