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Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 5 of 7: October 9, 12, and 22, 1981

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Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 5 of 7: October 9, 12, and 22, 1981
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)
Conway, Peter, 1929 July 18- (Interviewer)

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-10-09
Date Created: 1981-10-12
Date Created: 1981-10-22
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1095
Balanchine, George
Marie-Jeanne, 1920-2007
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 -- Interviews
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
New York City Ballet
Ballet imperial (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Prima ballerina (Choreographic work : Chamié)
Rouge et noir (Choreographic work : Massine)
Pas de quatre (Choreographic work : Dolin)
Billy Sunday (Choreographic work : Page)
Virginia sampler (Choreographic work : Bettis)
Frankie and Johnny (Choreographic work : Page and Stone, B)
Mozartiana (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Lola Montez (Choreographic work : Caton)
Bells (Choreographic work : Page)
Oral histories
Additional 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 9, 12, and 22, 1981. Part 1 (April 30 and May 1, 1979), Part 2 (May 7 and 8, 1979), Part 3 (May 11 and 18, 1979), Part 4 (October 24 and 25, 1979), 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 9, 12, and 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
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 3 hr., 16 min.); polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
Streaming audio file 1, October 9, 1981 (approximately one hour and 38 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about George Balanchine's ballet Ballet imperial [also known as Tchaikovsky piano concerto no. 2 ]; Michel Fokine's ballet Les elfes; his thoughts on New York City Ballet and how the repertoire influences the dancers' style; Balanchine's work Mozartiana including his memories of Tilly Losch's performance in an earlier version and its revival for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Balanchine's relationship with the company and with Franklin at the time; Marie-Jeanne and her roles at the company; the disastrous tour in Mexico City; Balanchine's and Alexandra Danilova's staging of Raymonda; Ruth Page and her work for the company; other repertoire including Paquita and Madroños; the audience reaction to Bentley Stone's and Page's production of Frankie and Johnny; her ballet The bells; more on Page; Nikita Talin; reviving Frankie and Johnny; Bentley Stone; Page's ballet Billy Sunday including Danilova's and his roles [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2, October 12 and 22, 1981(approximately one hour and 38 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about Ruth Page's ballet Billy Sunday; his role as the Moor in Michel Fokine's Petrouchka, with Alexandra Danilova and Leonide Massine; Page as a choreographer; Valerie Bettis and her work Virginia sampler; (briefly) Antonia Cobos' work Madroños; Pilar López's Cuckolds' fair; (briefly) Ruthanna Boris and her work Cirque de deux; Edward Caton and his work Lola Montez; (briefly) Natasha [Nathalie] Krassovska; the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's 1948 season including [Anton Dolin's] Pas de quatre, as performed by Krassovska, Mia Slavenska, Danilova, and Alicia Markova; (briefly) Ruthanna Boris's Quelque fleurs; Massine's Rouge et noir; various dancers including Job Sanders, Richard Thomas, and Moscelyne Larkin; performing at Jacob's Pillow [Dance Festival]; touring including his preference for trains over buses; Yvette Chauviré including an anecdote about their performance of Giselle; Tatiana Chamié's ballet Prima ballerina; dancing at Sadler's Wells Ballet as a guest artist including his relationship with Ninette de Valois; Moira Shearer; dancing in 1949 with the Metropolitan Ballet, with Erik Bruhn and Svetlana Beriosova [October 12 session ends at 80:56, and October 22 session begins at 80:58]. Franklin speaks to Peter Conway about his impressions of the young Erik Bruhn; (briefly) Svetlana Beriosova; more on Chauviré; more on Chamié including her friendship with Sergei Denham and her ballet Birthday.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 994685072
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21304273
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6474d440-c7d4-0135-4f15-5f82ee4b359f
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Item timeline of events

  • 1914: Creator Born
  • 1981: Created
  • 2013: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc5ab450-3b6f-0134-3b19-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 8, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc5ab450-3b6f-0134-3b19-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1981). Interview with Frederic Franklin Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc5ab450-3b6f-0134-3b19-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Frederic Franklin