Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet.

Title
Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet.
Author
Balanchine, George
Publication
[1964?]
Electronic Resource

Details

Additional Authors
Description
4 streaming audio files (approximately 57 minutes): digital
Donor/Sponsor
  • National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
  • Gift of the National Educational Television network.
Uniform Title
American arts (Television program)
Alternative Title
  • Interview with Jacques D'Amboise.
  • Interview with Arthur Mitchell.
  • Interview with Edward Villella.
  • Interview with George Balanchine.
  • Dance Audio Archive
Subjects
Note
  • Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet conducted by Jac Venza, in 1964 for the National Educational Television network program, The American arts. Brief interviews are conducted with Jacques D'Amboise, Arthur Mitchell, and Eward Villella; Suzanne Farrell contributes a few remarks.
  • The sound quality is fair to poor. The volume is low, and the speakers' voices, in particular that of the interviewer, can be difficult to understand. There are frequent short gaps and occasional extraneous noises, especially in streaming audio file 4.
  • The processing 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.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Access (note)
  • Access only on site at the research libraries of The New York Public Library.
Call Number
*MGZTO 7-24
OCLC
39895029
Author
Balanchine, George, interviewee.
Title
Interviews with George Balanchine and members of the New York City Ballet.
Imprint
[1964?]
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
online resource
Event
Recorded for the National Educational Television network program, The American arts 1964? New York (N.Y.)
Summary
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 30 minutes). George Balanchine speaks about the reasons he would not accept a commission to choreograph for the Opéra de Paris Ballet; distinguishing "American music" from "American composers;" his ballet Agon and the music to which it is set; Balanchine and Jacques D'Amboise speak about differences between how dancers work in Europe and in New York; Balanchine speaks about how he and his work are viewed by the New York critics; the fact that his work is better received in Europe; his ballet, Meditation [ends abruptly].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 2 minutes). Arthur Mitchell, Suzanne Farrell, and George Balanchine (very briefly) discuss the ephemeral beauty of a dancer's performance [ends abruptly].
Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 11 minutes). George Balanchine speaks (briefly) about romantic love in dance; the difficulty in identifying what constitutes inspiration; his choreography as a craft; the central role of music; exploring the United States by car. Jacques D'Amboise speaks about dancing as a collaboration between the dancer and the choreographer as for example his role in Balanchine's ballet, Meditation [fragmentary comments by Suzanne Farrell? and Jacques D'Amboise are heard]; Arthur Mitchell speaks about working with Balanchine.
Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 14 minutes). Edward Villella speaks about George Balanchine's ballet Tarantella; the approach of the [New York City Ballet] dancers to tempo; working with Balanchine; Villella's strengths and style of dancing; more on Tarantella; his repertoire; more on his style.
Restricted Access
Access only on site at the research libraries of The New York Public Library.
Original Version
Original format: four sound reels (approximately 57 minutes minutes); acetate (reels 2 and 4); full-track (reel 1) and half-track (reels 2-4), , 7.5 ips; 7 in.; transferred to wav file and streaming file format in 2015: myd_mgzto724_v01f01_sc, myd_mgzto724_v02f01_sc, myd_mgzto724_v03f01_sc, and myd_mgzto724_v04f01_sc.
Local Note
Former call number: *MGZTC 3-24
Former call number: *MGZT 7-24
Local Note
Archival original: *MGZTO 7-24; 7 1/2 in. per sec.; 4 reels (7 in.); acetate (reels 2 and 4); full track (reel 1) and half-track (reels 2 - 4). Restored and rehoused in 2015 following water damage.
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 10-24; 7 1/2 in. per sec.; 10 in. reel; polyester.
Preservation funded by the National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
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Added Author
Venza, Jac, interviewer.
Balanchine, George, interviewee.
D'Amboise, Jacques, 1934-2021, interviewee.
Villella, Edward, 1936- interviewee.
Mitchell, Arthur, 1934- interviewee.
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945- speaker.
Added Title
American arts (Television program)
Dance Audio Archive
National Initiative to Preserve American Dance.
Gift of the National Educational Television network.
Research Call Number
*MGZTO 7-24
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