Interview with Ruth Page, 1976

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Interview with Ruth Page, 1976
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-02-16
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-319 Side A
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991
Fisher, Thomas Hart
Hear ye! Hear ye! (Choreographic work : Page)
Frankie and Johnny (Choreographic work : Page and Stone, B)
Dance -- Economic aspects
Dancers -- Labor unions
Venue: Host: John Gruen. Broadcast Feb. 16, 1976 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
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 Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 59 min.)
Sound quality ranges from poor to fair. The first approximate three minutes of the recording are very difficult to understand and at times completely unintelligible. Thereafter, sound quality greatly improves, but volume is low.
Interview with Ruth Page conducted by John Gruen, as host, for broadcast on February 16, 1976 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance. Streaming audio file (approximately 59 minutes). John Gruen, host, introduces his guest Ruth Page [unintelligible section]; Ruth Page speaks with Gruen about dancing in Anna Pavlova's company; dancing for Adolf Bolm; marrying Thomas Hart Fisher and joining the Diaghilev ballet [Ballets russes] on her honeymoon; her memories of Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets russes including George Balanchine; Aaron Copland and her work Hear ye! Hear ye!; creating ballets commissioned by the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration); her and Bentley Stone's work Frankie and Johnny; its reception in Paris, France including Serge Lifar's dislike of the work [a recording of music by Jerome Moross used in the work is played]; Adolf Bolm's Apollo; creating ballets based on operas including her work Carmen; Harald Kreutzberg and her visits to Japan, in 1928 and 1934; the Chicago Ballet [a recording of music by Georges Bizet from Carmen is played]; an anecdote about Maurice Ravel; various artists with whom she worked; what she thinks of the dance companies she sees perform today; her upcoming book [Gruen's closing remarks; music; ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 144657326
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117988
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a0fbee50-c251-0135-2d7a-05fc458b4366
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  • 1899: Creator Born
  • 1976: Created
  • 1991: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ruth Page" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ruth Page" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 17, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). Interview with Ruth Page Retrieved from

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Interview with Ruth Page