Interview with Anton Dolin, 1979

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Interview with Anton Dolin, 1979
Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983 (Interviewee)
Maroth, Frederick J (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-07-03
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-571
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-571
Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Nijinska, Bronislava, 1891-1972
Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929
Ballets russes
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Frederick J. Maroth 1979, July 3 London (England)
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 Frederick J. Maroth
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 23 min.)
Sound quality is excellent in the case of the interviewee, Anton Dolin, is excellent, but poor in the case of the interviewers. The recording contains occasional extraneous noise and interruptions.
Interview with Anton Dolin recorded on July 3, 1979 at Dolin's home in London, England, as background for a documentary on Serge Diaghilev by Frederick J. Maroth. There are two interviewers, Maroth and a second, who is unidentified but may be Elena Auric. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes; however the approximate final six minutes consists of recorded music and an unrelated interview). Anton Dolin speaks about the four choreographers he worked most closely with during his time with Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets russes: Bronislava Nijinska and her ballet Le train bleu; Michel Fokine and his experience with Fokine's ballets Le spectre de la rose and Bluebeard; Leonide Massine and his ballet Zéphire et Flore; George Balanchine and his ballets Le bal and The prodigal son; more on Nijinska and Le train bleu; Massine's ballet Parade and its revival by the Joffrey Ballet; Frederick Ashton and the Royal Ballet's revival of Nijinska's ballets Les biches and Les noces; Nijinska as a dancer including an anecdote about her substituting for Stanislas Idzikowski; Marie Rambert as a dancer; Conversations, the one-man biographical play about Diaghilev; some of the many artists with whom Diaghilev collaborated; an anecdote about his final performance in Le train bleu and Jean Cocteau; Diaghilev's personality including how inaccurately he is portrayed in the Off-Broadway play Chinchilla; [interview ends at approximately 40 minutes; the remainder of streaming audio file 1 consists of recorded music and an unrelated interview]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 37 minutes). Anton Dolin speaks about Olga Spessivtseva including his first dancing with her as members of the Camargo Society; her Giselle as the greatest he has ever seen; briefly, Vera Nemchinova; Tamara Karsavina including an anecdote about her, Anna Pavlova and Diaghilev; the value placed on acting and personality in the Ballets russes compared with the emphasis on technique today; Diaghilev's artistic circle; his farewell at the end of the Ballets russes' final season.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 946443906
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118378
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6e2ccad0-795f-0136-beff-5341ecb0eee4
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  • 1904: Creator Born
  • 1979: Created
  • 1983: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Anton Dolin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Interview with Anton Dolin