Interview with Maria Tallchief, 1977
NamesTallchief, Maria (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-10-01
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-787
TopicsTallchief, MariaNureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Balanchine, GeorgeNew York City Ballet
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, October 1 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.Acquisition: Gift John GruenContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). John Gruen introduces Maria Tallchief; Tallchief speaks with Gruen about dancing with Erik Bruhn, in Swan lake [in an American Ballet Theatre production] and during his time at New York City Ballet; Bruhn's coaching of her in Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie; dancing the Flower festival [in Genzano] with Rudolf Nureyev for the Bell Telephone Hour shortly after his defection; dancing in George Balanchine's Swan lake with Bruhn; meeting Nureyev for the first time, in Deauville; introducing him to Bruhn; Margot Fonteyn's invitation to Nureyev to dance in England; Gruen speaks about Balanchine's reluctance to engage dancers considered "stars;" Tallchief speaks about her relationship with Nureyev and with Bruhn; her return to New York City Ballet and why it was not a success; Bruhn's personality; dancing with Bruhn with American Ballet Theatre in the former Soviet Union; Bruhn's career choices [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 13 minutes). Maria Tallchief continues to speak with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn and his career choices; her own current work, with the Chicago Lyric Opera; her personal life including her marriage and daughter and her former husband, George Balanchine; her good fortune to have had Bruhn as a partner.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and occasional short gaps.
DescriptionInterview with Maria Tallchief conducted by John Gruen on October 1, 1977 in New York, N.Y., as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 77641855NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118657Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 50144b40-7960-0136-b654-59d0e9446145
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