Interview with Vladimir Dokoudovsky, 1975-1977

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Title
Interview with Vladimir Dokoudovsky, 1975-1977
Names
Dokoudovsky, Vladimir (Interviewee)
Kramer, Joan (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-05-30 - 1977-02-17
Table of Contents
Streaming audio files 1 and 2 [Reel 1], May 30, 1975 and June 1, 1975 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky discusses his childhood; classes with Olga Preobrajenska; Preobrajenska and her background..
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZT 5-1083 (former)
Topics
Dokoudovsky, Vladimir -- Interviews
Cuevas, George de, marquis, 1885-1961
Denham, Sergei, 1896-1970
Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942
Grigorʹev, S. L. (Sergeĭ Leonidovich), 1883-1968
Lichine, David
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Nijinska, Bronislava, 1891-1972
Spessivtzeva, Olga, 1895-1991
Stroganova, Nina
Basil, W. de
American Ballet Theatre
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Original Ballet Russe
Mordkin Ballet Company
Cain and Abel (Choreographic work : Lichine)
Graduation ball (Choreographic work : Lichine)
Coq d'or (Choreographic work : Fokin)
Paganini (Choreographic work : Fokin)
Présages (Choreographic work : Massine)
Prince Igor (Choreographic work)
Schéhérazade (Choreographic work : Fokine)
Seventh symphony (Choreographic work : Massine)
Genres
Oral histories
Interviews
Notes
Content: Interview with Vladimir Dokoudovsky conducted by Joan Kramer on May 30, June 1 and 6, July 16 and 25, August 8 and 27, September 18, October 2 and 17, November 13, and December 12, 1975; February 13 and 27, March 12, April 2, 8 and 29, June 10 and 18, August 6, 11 and 27, September 17, October 8 and 22, November 18 and 26, and December 9, 1976; and January 20, and February 3 and 17, 1977; in New York City, for the Oral History Project for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. This recording was not re-audited after digititzation, and the summary in this catalog record has been adopted substantially verbatim from the existing summary.
Additional physical form: For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 5-1083.
Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1975-1977 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 Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 18 audiotape reels (approximately 57 hr., 30 min.) : analog, 1.875 ips, half-track, polyester; 5 in.
Description
Streaming audio files 3 and 4 [Reel 2], June 6, 1975 and July 16, 1975 (approximately two hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about Olga Preobrajenska; his family background and childhood.Streaming audio files 5 and 6 [Reel 3]. July 25, 1975 and August 8, 1975 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about his childhood in Paris and Monte Carlo; dancing in ballet competitions as a child.Streaming audio files 7 and 8 [Reel 4], August 27, 1975 and September 18, 1975 (approximately three hours and 20 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about dancing in Ida Rubinstein's company; Olga Spessivtzeva; Feodor Chaliapin; dancing in Russian films; dancing at the Opéra Comique de Paris; performing as a guest artist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; touring Germany; the Fortunato Ballet.Streaming audio files 9 and 10 [Reel 5], October 2 and 17, 1975 (approximately three hours and 18 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the 1937 World's Fair in Paris; dancing with the Polish National Ballet; Bronislava Nijinska; the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Leonide Massine; Massine's ballet Seventh symphony.Streaming audio files 11 and 12 [Reel 6], October 17, 1975, November 13, 1975, and December 12, 1975 (approximately three hours and 18 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Leonide Massine's ballet Beau Danube; Leonide Massine; company hierarchy; traveling to New York and joining the Mikhail Mordkin Ballet; repertory; other dance jobs in New York; early days of Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre].Streaming audio files 13 and 14 [Reel 7], December 12, 1975 and February 13, 1976 (approximately three hours and 18 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about American Ballet Theatre; Michel Fokine; Anton Dolin; Adolph Bolm's ballet Peter and the wolf; Bronislava Nijinska; American Ballet Theatre's repertory; joining the Original Ballet Russe, of Colonel W. de Basil.Streaming audio files 15 and 16 [Reel 8], February 27, 1976 and March 12, 1976 (approximately three hours and 15 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the repertory of the Original Ballet Russe; Colonel W. de Basil; touring Mexico and South America; De Basil's abilities as an impresario; friendship with De Basil; company finances; South America and Mexico.Streaming audio files 17 and 18 [Reel 9], March 12, 1976 and April 2, 1976 (approximately three hours and 13 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the South American tour: Rio de Janeiro; Santos, São Paolo; Buenos Aires; Uruguay; Chile; staging various works; difficulties of various company members; logistics of the tour; the effects of World War II and touring conditions.Streaming audio files 19 and 20 [Reel 10], April 8 and 29, 1976 (approximately three hours and 13 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about Le coq d'or; Graduation ball; Les sylphides; Paganini; Francesca da Rimini; Les Présages; Schéhérazade; Prince Igor; Symphonie fantastique; Cain and Abel; casting and scheduling ballets on tour.Streaming audio files 21 and 22 [Reel 11], June 10 and 18, 1976 (approximately three hours and 12 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the South American tour, 1943: Bolivia; Buenos Aires and Teatro Colón; various company members; logistics of the tour; World War II and touring conditions.Streaming audio files 23 and 24 [Reel 12], August 6 and 11, 1976 (approximately three hours and 16 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about Brazil; company morale; Buenos Aires; Guayaquil; his own choreography; Bogota; the end of World War II; Panama.Streaming audio files 25 and 26 [Reel 13], August 27, 1976 and September 17, 1976 approximately three hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about Panama; Costa Rica; Central America, 1945-1946; Mexico, 1946; the Marquis [George] de Cuevas; his knee injury making the film, The revolt of the fantoms, in Cuba; merger of the Original Ballet Russe and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; the opening of the new company in New York.Streaming audio files 27 and 28 [Reel 14], September 17, 1976 and October 8 and 22, 1976 (approximately three hours and 16 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the South American tour, in retrospect, and its effects on him; company members and their careers.Streaming audio files 29 and 30 [Reel 15], October 22, 1976 and November 18, 1976 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes. Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the [company's] first season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City; the split between Marquis de Cuevas and Col W. de Basil; De Basil's company's Covent Garden season; reviews; the company in Paris; rights of choreographers; his grandmother; Paris.Streaming audio files 31 and 32 [Reel 16], November 26, 1976 and December 9, 1976 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about Paris; Brussels; returning to America; reconstructing the Original Ballet Russe in Paris; Spain, 1948.Streaming audio files 33 and 34 [Reel 17], January 20, 1977 and February 3, 1977 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes). Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about the Original Ballet Russe in Paris; Spain, 1948 [continuation]; Serge Grigoriev [S.L.Grigorʹev]; David Lichine; Paris, 1949, and filming Swan lake and Graduation ball; De Basil and the final disbanding of the Original Ballet Russe; staging Graduation ball for Serge Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Preobrajenska's teaching methods; dancing as a guest artist in Copenhagen with [Nina] Stroganova.Streaming audio files 35 and 36 [Reel 18], February 3, 1977 and February 17, 1977 (approximately three hours and 14 minutes.).Vladimir Dokoudovsky speaks about being a guest with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Bronislava Nijinska; starting a tie business with [Nesta] Toumine; De Basil's death, 1950; regrouping the Original Ballet Russe under London Ballet, Ltd.; folding of the company; joining the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1952.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 82126055
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118931
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b22f3fa0-c30d-0133-4a56-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1975: Created (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
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Interview with Vladimir Dokoudovsky, 1975-1977