Interview with Burton Taylor, 1975
NamesTaylor, Burton (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-07-16
Table of ContentsFormer summary: SUMMARY: Burton Taylor discusses his background and training; his eight years with American Ballet Theatre; joining the Joffrey; his severe injury and return to dancing; his wife, the dancer Diana Cartier.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTC 3-510 (former)
TopicsTaylor, BurtonCartier, DianaJoffrey BalletDancing injuries
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1975, July 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.Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Burton Taylor speaks with John Gruen about the Joffrey Ballet [briefly]; his family background and training, in particular, with Leon Danelian and [Suny] Seda; his year at college; his experience training student dancers in a local production of Song of Norway; his eight years with American Ballet Theatre; some of his roles at the company including in Antony Tudor's Pillar of fire; his reasons for leaving the company; his year in Atlanta; an anecdote about his substituting for Edward Villella in a New York City Opera production of Prince Igor; joining the Joffrey Ballet [Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as of 1995]; some of his roles [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 48 minutes). Burton Taylor continues to speak with John Gruen about his time at the Joffrey Ballet; advice received from Jerome Robbins; his severe knee injury and its aftermath; his return to dancing, with the Joffrey Ballet; his wife, the dancer Diana Cartier; the roles he expects to dance in the upcoming season; his feelings about the company; Kaleria Fedicheva; his teacher David Howard [ends abruptly].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 36 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps. However, for the most part, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Burton Taylor conducted by John Gruen on July 16,1975 in New York City, as research for an article in Dance Magazine. The article, entitled Close-up: Burton Taylor, appeared in the November 1975 issue of Dance Magazine.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 83491340NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118284Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): aa28a270-3158-0132-36f8-3c075448cc4b
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