Interview with Ala Ming, 1958

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Interview with Ala Ming, 1958
Additional title: Today in ballet (Radio program)
Ming, Ala (Interviewee)
Lyon, James (Interviewer)
Hopkins, Kenyon (Contributor)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1958-05-27
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-23
Naitō family
Ming, Ala
Rooms (Choreographic work : Sokolow)
Circus performers
Radio programs
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 by radio station WNYC, New York, on its program series, Today in ballet May 27, 1958 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 36 min.) : full-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is excellent.
Interview with Ala Ming conducted by James Lyon. Recorded May 27, 1958 for radio station WNYC, New York, for its series, Today in ballet. Never broadcast. Streaming audio file (approximately 36 minutes). [Music and introductory remarks by speaker identified as Dick Nelson.] James Lyons plays a recording of Circus overture by Ernst Toch and introduces Ala Ming, circus tight-wire dancer and member of the circus family, the Naitōs; Ala Ming speaks about her background including her first dancing training, in Moscow; her father Eugene Ming; her experience as a child fleeing wars and revolutions; the intensive training and daily practice required for tight-wire dancing; her own act; the misnomer "tight-rope;" her family; the appeal of Sarasota, Florida, for circus performers; her memories of the circus in Russia [former Soviet Union], in particular the very high standards of the performers and teachers. In the final approximate 10 minutes, a recording of Kenyon Hopkins' Rooms, to which Anna Sokolow choreographed her dance Rooms, is played, followed by James Lyons' closing remarks.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 35890286
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117263
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c5e4d540-797b-0136-c16a-2de822c51a3b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ala Ming" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1958.

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Interview with Ala Ming