Persephone: commentary

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Joffrey, Robert (Creator)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1953
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-613
Joffrey, Robert
Persephone (Choreographic work : Joffrey)
Spoken word
Citation/reference: Streaming audio file (approximately 30 minutes). Robert Joffrey speaks about his ballet Persephone as a film of the ballet is being screened; he identifies cast members and the characters they represent, explains the significance of the dancers' actions, and otherwise elucidates what is seen on screen. Ends abruptly.
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.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded during a screening of a film of Robert Joffrey's ballet Persephone 1953 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 30 min.) : acetate; half-track, 3.75 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is fair. Robert Joffrey's voice is easily intelligible, but the voice of the (unidentified) person moderating the commentary is very soft and unintelligible.
Commentary by Robert Joffrey on his ballet Persephone, recorded in 1953 during a screening of a film of the ballet. There are periods in the recording when only the sound of the projector can be heard. Filmed excerpts of this ballet are in the Library's collection cataloged as *MGZIDVD 5-4655 and *MGZIDVD 5-3656.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 43489004
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118404
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): da0e7570-cb54-0136-27da-519914b7d31f
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Item timeline of events

  • 1953: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Persephone: commentary" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1953.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Persephone: commentary" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 25, 2019.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1953). Persephone: commentary Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Persephone: commentary