Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 4 of 7: October 24 and 25, 1979
NamesFranklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)Conway, Peter, 1929 July 18- (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1979-10-24Date Created: 1979-10-25
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1095
TopicsBlum, René, 1878-1942Balanchine, GeorgeFranklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 -- InterviewsDelarova, EugeniaDanilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997Slavenska, MiaBoris, RuthannaChauviré, Yvette, 1917-2016De Valois, Ninette, 1898-2001Page, Ruth, 1899-1991American Ballet TheatreBallet Russe de Monte CarloNew Yorker (Choreographic work : Massine)Baiser de la fée (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Bells (Choreographic work : Page)Danses concertantes (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 5-1095.Source note: Interview with Frederic Franklin conducted by Peter Conway for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Oral History Project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, on October 24 and 25, 1979. Part 1 (April 30 and May 1, 1979), Part 2 (May 7 and 8, 1979), Part 3 (May 11 and 18), Part 5 (October 9, 12, and 22, 1981), Part 6 (October 22, 23 and 27, 1981), and Part 7 (November 3 and 5, 1981) are cataloged separately.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall.Venue: Recorded by Peter Conway for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts October 24 and 25, 1979 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 (approximately 3 hr., 13 min.); polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, October 24, 1979 (approximately one hour and 36 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about Alexandra Danilova and their partnership; Russian ballet style including how it was influenced by stage and studio size; synchronizing music to films of Leonide Massine's ballets; more on his partnership with Danilova; his partnerships with Mia Slavenska and Ruthanna Boris; some of his partners in Giselle including Alicia Alonso and Yvette Chauviré; his guest appearances with Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1949; Ninette de Valois; the early days of English ballet; the many choreographers with whom he worked; George Balanchine's Le baiser de la fée including the cast; the early days of Ballet Theatre [now American Ballet Theatre] including an anecdote about Antony Tudor; Massine's The New Yorker including an anecdote about Mia Slavenska and her costume; the censoring of Ruth Page's [and Bentley Stone's] Frankie and Johnny; her work The bells including its controversial aspects; Ruth Page as a person and as a choreographer including as compared to Agnes de Mille; performing in De Mille's work Rodeo; Edward Caton's ballet Lola Montez; Eleanor Marra.
Streaming audio file 2, October 25, 1979 (approximately one hour and 37 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about touring with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in South America during World War II; his memories of René Blum; Boris Kochno; the company's lack of artistic direction and Sergei Denham; touring in the United States including anecdotes about Denham, the critic Claudia Cassidy, and others; company members including Sonia Woizikowsky; touring during World War II including life on the train; Eugenia Delarova, Leonide Massine, and Tatiana (Leskova) Massine; The song of Norway; Bronislava Nijinska and her work for the company including Ancient Russia; Irving Deakin; Maria Tallchief; Pilar López; George Balanchine and his work for the company including Danses concertantes; the revival of [Vaslaw Nijinsky's] Afternoon of a faun [Apres-midi d'un faune].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 994684763NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21304249Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 11476520-c7d4-0135-2bb3-01b5f84c9ead
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