The Sleeping Beauty (seminar), 1987
NamesDance Critics Association (U.S.) (Sponsor)Uchitelle, Daniel (Speaker)Green, Jonnie (Speaker)Taylor, Valerie (Speaker)Spizzo, Christine (Speaker)Setterfield, Valda (Speaker)Brubach, Holly (Speaker)Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997 (Speaker)Greskovic, Robert (Speaker)Verdy, Violette, 1933-2016 (Speaker)Parkinson, Georgina (Speaker)Fedicheva, Kaleria (Speaker)Anastos, Peter (Speaker)Aloff, Mindy, 1947- (Speaker)Harris, Dale, 1928-1996 (Speaker)Jackson, George (Speaker)Carbonneau, Suzanne (Speaker)Vaughan, David, 1924-2017 (Speaker)Macaulay, Alastair (Speaker)Acocella, Joan Ross (Speaker)Willinger, Edward (Speaker)New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Dance Collection (Event place)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1987-06-04
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1448
TopicsUchitelle, DanielGreen, JonnieTaylor, ValerieSpizzo, ChristineSetterfield, ValdaBrubach, HollyDanilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997Greskovic, RobertVerdy, Violette, 1933-2016Parkinson, GeorginaFedicheva, KaleriaAnastos, PeterAloff, Mindy, 1947-Harris, Dale, 1928-1996Jackson, GeorgeCarbonneau, SuzanneVaughan, David, 1924-2017Macaulay, AlastairWillinger, EdwardAcocella, Joan RossLopukhov, Fedor, 1886-1973Petipa, Marius, 1818-1910Sadler's Wells BalletSleeping beauty (Choreographic work)Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Petipa)Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Lopukhov after Petipa, M)Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Saracco after Petipa, M)Dance criticismDance criticsBallet -- History
NotesContent: Seminar on The sleeping beauty, recorded on June 4, 1987 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York (N.Y.) The seminar was co-sponsored by the Dance Critics Association and the Dance Collection [now Dance Division] of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. This seminar was the opening session of a conference entitled Two by Two: partnering and pas de deux, held on June 5 and 6, 1987. There is no audio available for the rest of the conference. The 1955 film referred to in streaming audio file 4 is cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZIC 9-4011. The recording also includes material unrelated to the seminar: an interview (on streaming audio file 1 through streaming audio file 3) that seems to be the interview with Sophie Maslow cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZTL 4-472 as well as an interview (on streaming audio file 10) with Carla Fracci. The Carla Fracci interview does not otherwise appear in the Library's collection.Funding: The processing 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.Venue: Recorded at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts June 4, 1987 New York (N.Y.)
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 8 audiotape reels (approximately 6 hours and 47 minutes) : analog, 7.5 and 1.875 ips, polyester, half-track, 5 in.Sound quality ranges from good (in general, in the case of the speakers) to poor (in general, in the case of the questions from the audience, which, however, are often repeated or summarized by the moderator).
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Jonnie Green introduces herself and speaks about the seminar topic: Marius Petipa's ballet The sleeping beauty; introduces Daniel Uchitelle [following this introduction, from approximately 2:01 to the end of the streaming audio file, the recording consists of an unrelated interview that seems to be the interview with Sophie Maslow cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZTL 4-472.]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 38 minutes). Recording continues with unrelated material that seems to be the interview with Sophie Maslow cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZTL 4-472. Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 44 minutes). Recording continues with unrelated material that seems to be the interview with Sophie Maslow cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZTL 4-472. Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 26 minutes). Daniel Uchitelle speaks about the film of The sleeping beauty to be shown to the seminar audience [NBC-TV Producer's Showcase telecast of a condensed version of the Sadler's Wells Ballet production; cataloged in the Library's collection as *MGZIC 9-4011]; following the showing of the film [not recorded] Uchitelle introduces the panelists Valerie Taylor, Christine Spizzo, and Valda Setterfield, who discuss the film; question and answer session with the audience regarding the film [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 5]. Streaming audio file 5 (approximately 26 minutes). Question and answer period regarding the just-screened film of The sleeping beauty continues; Mindy Aloff makes some administrative announcements and introduces Holly Brubach [ambient noise and applause]; Holly Brubach introduces Alexandra Danilova and speaks with her about various aspects of the ballet The sleeping beauty; Alexandra Danilova also speaks about preparing for other ballets she has performed [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 6]. Streaming audio file 6 (approximately 16 minutes). Alexandra Danilova continues to speak, in response to Holly Brubach's questions, about how different ballets require different styles; some of the changes she has seen in the choreography of The sleeping beauty; Holly Brubach introduces the dancers who are to perform variations from The sleeping beauty for the audience; Alexandra Danilova speaks briefly about the variations to be danced [as a variation is danced, piano music and other sounds can be heard]; Alexandra Danilova speaks further about the variation just performed and begins to speak about an additional variation [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 7]. Streaming audio file 7 (approximately 11 minutes). Alexandra Danilova answers questions from the audience, moderated by Holly Brubach. Streaming audio file 8 (approximately 25 minutes). Mindy Aloff (?) introduces Robert Greskovic; Robert Greskovic mentions the absence of David Mitchell, who had been scheduled to attend, and introduces the panelists Georgina Parkinson, Kaleria Fedicheva, and Violette Verdy; Robert Greskovic speaks about various aspects of The sleeping beauty with the panelists [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 9]. Streaming audio file 9 (approximately 25 minutes). Robert Greskovic as moderator continues to discuss various aspects of The sleeping beauty with the panelists Georgina Parkinson, Kaleria Fedicheva, and Violette Verdy; question and answer period [ambient noise and fragmentary conversation between Violette Verdy and an unidentified person]. Streaming audio file 10 (approximately 27 minutes). [Unrelated recording of an interview with Carla Fracci.] Streaming audio file 11 (approximately 24 minutes). [Ambient noise.] Mindy Aloff makes several announcements and speaks about the [Charles] Perrault fairy tale, The sleeping beauty [in the wood], and its relationship to the ballet; reads aloud from an essay by George Balanchine (in 101 stories of the great ballets, c. 1975); introduces the four panelists, Suzanne Levy [later Suzanne Carbonneau] , George Jackson, Peter Anastos, and Dale Harris, and identifies the productions of The sleeping beauty each is to speak about, respectively; Suzanne Levy speaks about the original Petipa production, in St. Petersburg; George Jackson begins to speak about an 1896 production [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 12]. Streaming audio file 12 (approximately 24 minutes). George Jackson speaks about the 1896 production of The sleeping beauty at La Scala [Teatro alla Scala] as staged by Giorgio Saracco, with Carlotta Brianza as Aurora; Peter Anastos speaks about the revival staged by [Fedor] Lopukhov in 1922; Dale Harris speaks about revivals by the Sadler's Wells Ballet including in 1943 [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 13]. Streaming audio file 13 (approximately 21 minutes). Dale Harris speaks about the Sadler's Wells Ballet and The sleeping beauty with reference to various productions; questions and answer period [ambient noise including fragmentary conversation; ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 14 (approximately 24 minutes). David Vaughan introduces the general topic, namely how The sleeping beauty has been seen and heard by critics since its premiere; he speaks about [Alexandre] Benois' thoughts on first seeing The sleeping beauty in 1890; Constant Lambert's comments on the music and his [Vaughan's] contention that The sleeping beauty is the first classical ballet; he introduces the panelists Alastair Macaulay, Joan Acocella, Robert Greskovic, and Edward Willinger; Joan Acocella speaks about [André] Levinson's essay of December 1921 on Serge Diaghilev's revival of The sleeping beauty; Alastair Macaulay speaks about why he considers The sleeping beauty a classical ballet; Edward Willinger speaks briefly about the score; Robert Greskovic speaks about how the consistency of the arabesques and attitudes led to his conclusion that The sleeping beauty is a classical ballet; discussion among the panelists about The sleeping beauty and the definition of "classical ballet" including Joan Acocella's comments on the importance of the storyline [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 15]. Streaming audio file 15 (approximately 24 minutes. Question and answer period, moderated by David Vaughan, with panelists including Robert Greskovic, Joan Acocella, Alastair Macaulay, and Edward Willinger.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 1123193581NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12119019Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 744d4700-d3e7-0137-7b71-279add12ace6
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