Interview with Leon Danielian, 1976

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Interview with Leon Danielian, 1976
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-03-22
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-323 Side A
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997
Mordkin, Mikhail, 1881-1944
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997
American Ballet Theatre., School
American Ballet Theatre
Radio programs
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by WNCN-FM, New York 1976, March 22 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
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 57 min.)
Sound quality is good overall. There is some distortion but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Leon Danielian conducted by John Gruen, as host, for broadcast on March 22, 1976 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance. Streaming audio file (approximately 57 minutes). [Music and introductory remarks by Oscar Buhler]. John Gruen, as host, introduces Leon Danielian; Leon Danielian and Gruen speak about his training including class with Mikhail Mordkin; his time at Ballet Theatre [now American Ballet Theatre]; [Gruen quotes Igor Stravinsky on, and plays a recording of Stravinsky's orchestration of the music by Peter Illich Tchaikovsky used for the "Bluebird pas de deux" from The sleeping beauty]; Danielian and Gruen speak about Danielian as a dancer; Alexandra Danilova; touring with the Ballet russe de Monte Carlo including its rigors; some of his roles; the difficulty of dancing [the spirit of the rose] in Michel Fokine's ballet Spectre de la rose [a recording of the music, Invitation to the waltz, by Karl Maria von Weber, used in Spectre de la rose, is played; commercial announcements follow]; Gruen and Danielian speak about the American Ballet Theatre School; what he looks for in a ballet student; the School's summer program [a recording of Robert Schumann's Carneval is played]; Gruen and Danielian speak about what Danielian likes to see in a dancer on stage [Gruen's closing remarks; music].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 79134510
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118004
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 396bbbb0-c24b-0135-81e2-0fa593b3df1f
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  • 1920: Creator Born
  • 1976: Created
  • 1997: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
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MLA Format

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

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Leon Danielian" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 26, 2024.

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

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Interview with Leon Danielian