Interview with David Vaughan, 1979
NamesVaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewee)Matheson, Katy (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1979
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-521
TopicsVaughan, David, 1924-Cunningham, MerceKirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996De Vos, Audrey, 1900-1983School of American Ballet
NotesCitation/reference: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-521.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Katy Matheson 1979 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 David Vaughan
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 2 hr., 34 min.)Sound quality is good overall.
DescriptionInterview with David Vaughan conducted by Katy Matheson in spring 1979 in New York City, for the Columbia University Oral History Seminar.
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). David Vaughan speaks with Katy Matheson about his family background and childhood in England including his early theater experiences; his education; the origins of his interest in ballet; his time at the University of Oxford including his participation in the Ballet Club and taking class with Marie Rambert; being drafted while still in school [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). David Vaughan speaks with Katy Matheson about his decision not to return to the University of Oxford after being discharged from the Army; taking class with Audrey de Vos; Marie Rambert and her classes; his war time service in India including his dance-related activities; his awareness of modern dance at the time; his performing career in London; seeing New York City Ballet in London and meeting Lincoln Kirstein [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].
Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 45 minutes). David Vaughan speaks with Katy Matheson about his first years in New York including his classes at the School of American Ballet, on scholarship; his teachers including Anatole Oboukhoff and Felia Doubrovska; Lincoln Kirstein's support of his choreographic efforts; Trudy Goth; the teaching method of Audrey de Vos compared with that of his teachers at the School of American Ballet [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 4].
Streaming audio file 4 ( approximately 18 minutes). David Vaughan speaks with Katy Matheson about the dancers and students at the New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet, respectively, as compared with the dancers he had known in England; his focus at that time on choreographing rather than dancing; his impressions of Merce Cunningham and his work; taking class at Martha Graham's school.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 83089745NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118292Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bfb132b0-7960-0136-e025-053f3581677a
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