Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet

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Title
Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet
Additional title: Interview with Jacques D'Amboise
Additional title: Interview with Arthur Mitchell
Additional title: Interview with Edward Villella
Additional title: Interview with George Balanchine
Additional title: American arts (Television program)
Names
Balanchine, George (Interviewee)
Venza, Jac (Interviewer)
Balanchine, George (Interviewee)
D'Amboise, Jacques, 1934- (Interviewee)
Villella, Edward, 1936- (Interviewee)
Mitchell, Arthur, 1934- (Interviewee)
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- (Speaker)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1964
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-24
Topics
Balanchine, George
D'Amboise, Jacques, 1934-
Mitchell, Arthur, 1934-
Villella, Edward, 1936-
New York City Ballet
Agon (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Meditation (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Tarantella (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Genres
Interviews
Notes
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 for the National Educational Television network program, The American arts 1964? New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 4 audiotape reels (approximately 57 min.) : acetate (reels 2 and 4), full-track (reel 1) and half-track (reels 2-4), 7.5 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is fair to poor. The volume is low, and the speakers' voices, in particular that of the interviewer, can be difficult to understand. There are frequent short gaps and occasional extraneous noises, especially in streaming audio file 4.
Description
Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet conducted by Jac Venza, in 1964 for the National Educational Television network program, The American arts. Brief interviews are conducted with Jacques D'Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, and Eward Villella; Suzanne Farrell contributes a few remarks. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 30 minutes). George Balanchine speaks about the reasons he would not accept a commission to choreograph for the Opéra de Paris Ballet; distinguishing "American music" from "American composers;" his ballet Agon and the music to which it is set; Balanchine and Jacques D'Amboise speak about differences between how dancers work in Europe and in New York; Balanchine speaks about how he and his work are viewed by the New York critics; the fact that his work is better received in Europe; his ballet, Meditation [ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 2 minutes). Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, and George Balanchine (very briefly) discuss the ephemeral beauty of a dancer's performance [ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 11 minutes). George Balanchine speaks (briefly) about romantic love in dance; the difficulty in identifying what constitutes inspiration; his choreography as a craft; the central role of music; exploring the United States by car. Jacques D'Amboise speaks about dancing as a collaboration between the dancer and the choreographer as for example his role in Balanchine's ballet, Meditation [fragmentary comments by Suzanne Farrell? and Jacques D'Amboise are heard]; Arthur Mitchell speaks about working with Balanchine. Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 14 minutes). Edward Villella speaks about George Balanchine's ballet Tarantella; the approach of the [New York City Ballet] dancers to tempo; working with Balanchine; Villella's strengths and style of dancing; more on Tarantella; his repertoire; more on his style.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 39895029
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117364
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cf232120-797b-0136-f6c3-73ed12d27485
Rights Statement
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  • 1964: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1964. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf232120-797b-0136-f6c3-73ed12d27485

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 4, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf232120-797b-0136-f6c3-73ed12d27485

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1964). Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf232120-797b-0136-f6c3-73ed12d27485

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Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet