Interview with Ala Ming, 1958Additional title: Today in ballet (Radio program)
NamesMing, Ala (Interviewee)Lyon, James (Interviewer)Hopkins, Kenyon (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1958-05-27
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-23
TopicsNaitō familyMing, AlaRooms (Choreographic work : Sokolow)Circus performers
NotesContent: 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.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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 36 min.) : full-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.The sound quality is excellent.
DescriptionInterview 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.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 35890286NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117263Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c5e4d540-797b-0136-c16a-2de822c51a3b
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