Interview with Tatiana Leskova, February 21, 1979
NamesLeskova, Tatiana, 1922- (Interviewee)Matheson, Katy (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1979-02-21
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-557 (former)
TopicsLeskova, Tatiana, 1922- -- InterviewsEgorova, Lubov Nikolaevna, 1880-1972Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942Riabouchinska, TatianaBalanchine, GeorgeBasil, W. deMassine, Leonide, 1896-1979Original Ballet RusseBalustrade (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts February 21, 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 57 min.) : analog, 1.875 ips, half-track, polyester; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming file 1 (approximately one hour and 38 minutes). Tatiana Leskova speaks with Katy Matheson about her family background and childhood; studying with Madame Lubov Egorova in Paris and performing with the Opéra-Comique de Paris and the Ballets de la Jeunesse; more on Egorova and some of her students including Mia Slavenska; Leskova's strengths as a dancer; joining Educational Ballets, Ltd. [later the Original Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo] and the first season in London; her impressions of Michel Fokine and his wife, Vera; other company members including Irina Baronova; more on Fokine; her impressions of Alicia Markova and Tatiana Riabouchinska; her thoughts on Fokine's ballets; the outbreak of World War II; dancing in George Balanchine's Balustrade and in his Concurrence; performing with the Original Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Australia including in David Lichine's Graduation ball and his Pavillon; briefly, Tamara Toumanova; touring in the United States and Cuba; the company strike and Lucia Chase's invitation to join Ballet Theatre; her impressions of Colonel Wassily de Basil; Sol Hurok; more on Balanchine and Balustrade; her memories of Igor Stravinsky [ends abruptly].Streaming file 2 (approximately 19 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Tatiana Leskova speaks with Katy Matheson about Leonide Massine and re-staging his ballets including Choreartium; Massine as a choreographer including as compared with George Balanchine; more on Balustrade.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 84524988 NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118362Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f730c8f0-b2a9-0133-5b9f-60f81dd2b63c
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