Interview with Violette Verdy, 1977

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Interview with Violette Verdy, 1977
Verdy, Violette, 1933-2016 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-07-12
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-789
Verdy, Violette, 1933-
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Dupond, Patrick, 1959-
Opéra de Paris. Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, July 12 Paris (France)
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
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Violette Verdy conducted by John Gruen on July 12, 1977 in Paris, France as research for his book, Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979). Following the discussion of Bruhn, Gruen speaks with Verdy about her position as the director of the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet] as research for a possible journal article. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Following John Gruen's introductory remarks, Violette Verdy speaks with Gruen about her first impressions of Erik Bruhn, in particular, his classicism; dancing with Bruhn for the first time; becoming better acquainted with Bruhn, at American Ballet Theatre; his generosity to other dancers; his perfectionism including how this has both benefited and hurt him; Bruhn in Birgit Cullberg's ballet Miss Julie; Bruhn's coaching of her in Miss Julie; some aspects of Bruhn's character; touring with American Ballet Theatre; some of her roles with the company; her current relationship with Bruhn; Bruhn as a character dancer, including the lack of appropriate material for him; her current position, director of the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet] including the political intrigues at the time she was appointed [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 20 minutes). Violette Verdy continues to speak about the Paris Opéra Ballet including the difficult situation at the time she was appointed director; the on-going negotiations regarding her contract; Rolf Liebermann and the approaching end of his tenure as director of the Paris Opéra; the two candidates for his position; the young dancer Patrick Dupond.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 82097672
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118655
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 455f5c30-7960-0136-6263-6770cbf8ccbb
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  • 1933: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 2016: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Violette Verdy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Violette Verdy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 20, 2022.

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Interview with Violette Verdy