Interview with Oliver Smith, 1975
NamesSmith, Oliver Lemuel, 1918-1994 (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-09-17
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTC 3-643 (former)
TopicsSmith, Oliver Lemuel, 1918-1994American Ballet TheatreCity Center of Music and Drama (New York, N. Y.)Manhattan Center (New York, N.Y.)Theaters -- New York (State) -- New York
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1975, September 17 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.Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Oliver Smith speaks with John Gruen about American Ballet Theatre's need for a permanent base in New York City, including the reasons City Center [of Music and Drama] and the New York State Theater [now the David H. Koch Theater] do not meet this need; the plan to create such a permanent home in the Manhattan Center building; Smith's hope that other companies now dancing at City Center (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the Joffrey Ballet) will also make the new theater their home; the problems with City Center as a venue for classical ballet; the plans for and estimated cost of rebuilding the interior of the Manhattan Center building; his ideas for financing the construction; allocating stage time among the resident companies; the current status of the project; the lack of reciprocity shown by visiting foreign ballet companies to American Ballet Theatre; Sol Hurok [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 18 minutes). Oliver Smith continues to speak with John Gruen about the plans to create a permanent home for American Ballet Theatre in the Manhattan Center building; his hope that regional and overseas companies (dance and music) would also perform at the new theater; his ideas for the physical appearance of the theater; the possibility of using the interior as a television studio for filming dance and concerts; the location, at 8th Avenue and 34th Street [ends abruptly].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 6 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Oliver Smith conducted by John Gruen on September 17,1975 at the Manhattan Center in New York City, as research for an article in The New York Times. It is not clear if an article based on this interview was actually published.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82708437NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118460Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cca67ab0-3158-0132-e69d-3c075448cc4b
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