Interview with Maria Tallchief, 1977

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Interview with Maria Tallchief, 1977
Tallchief, Maria (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-10-01
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-787
Tallchief, Maria
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Balanchine, George
New York City Ballet
Content: 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 Gruen
Content: 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 Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and occasional short gaps.
Interview 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 Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 77641855
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118657
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 50144b40-7960-0136-b654-59d0e9446145
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Maria Tallchief" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Maria Tallchief" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 20, 2020.

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Interview with Maria Tallchief