Interview with Felia Doubrovska

Interview with Felia Doubrovska [sound recording].
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981.
[between 1967 and 1971]

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Additional Authors
Horosko, Marian.
3 sound discs (ca. 124 min.): digital; 4 3/4 in.
  • Interview with Felia Doubrovska conducted by Marian Horosko as research for a series of articles entitled "In the shadow of Russian tradition" which appeared in Dance magazine beginning in 1971. The interview with Doubrovska appeared in the Feb. issue of that year.
  • An interview with Felia Doubrovska about her husband Pierre Vladimiroff that was the basis of an additional article in the Dance Magazine series entitled "In the shadow of Russian tradition," also appeared in the Feb. 1971 issue under the title: Pierre Vladimiroff: a memoir by Felia Doubrovska as told to Marian Horosko.
  • Sound quality overall is good in that the speakers' voices are almost always easily intelligible. There is some distortion due to deterioration in the original recording and a few gaps.
Call Number
*MGZTL 4-480
Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981. Interviewee
Interview with Felia Doubrovska [sound recording].
[between 1967 and 1971]
Disc 1 (ca. 58 min.). Felia Doubrovska speaks with Marian Horosko about the circumstances of her entering the Imperial ballet school; reminiscences of [Matilʹda Feliksovna] Kschessinska including some of her roles and her excellent acting ability; Kschessinska's being the first [Russian ballerina] to master the 32 fouetées; more about the school including the curriculum; her first roles after entering the company [Maryinsky Theatre ballet] including a performance anecdote about herself and [Zinoviĭ Efimovich] Gerdt; more on her training; reminiscences of [Agrippina] Vaganova; [Enrico] Cechetti and his technique; Anna Pavlova's influence on [Michel] Fokine; his marriage to [Vera Petrovna] a member of the corps de ballet [short gap]; the difficult performing conditions after the Revolution; [briefly] more on Fokine, as a teacher; more on the Revolution and its effect on her life, in particular as a performer at the Maryinsky; emigrating from Russia with her mother [and her future husband Pierre Vladimiroff] to Paris, via Finland, in 1920; reminiscences of Anna Pavlova; more on leaving Russia; the circumstances of her first meeting and auditioning for Serge Diaghilev; joining the Ballets russes in 1921.
Disc 2 (ca. 38 min.). Felia Doubrovska speaks with Marian Horosko about some of her fellow students at the Imperial ballet school including Olga Spessivtzeva; an anecdote about dancing with Leonide Massine; reminiscences of Mikhail Mordkin; more reminiscences of Anna Pavlova including several anecdotes and Doubrovska's impression that she was unhappy; Doubrovska's thoughts on teaching including the difficulty of the technique students learn today; her husband, Pierre Vladimiroff; Serge Diaghilev [ends abruptly].
Disc 3 (ca. 28 min.). [Begins abruptly.] Felia Doubrovska speaks with Marian Horosko about [Waslaw] Nijinsky; more on Pierre Vladimiroff including his family background; his working with [Michel] Fokine; a performance anecdote about Kschessinska; more on Vladimiroff including their leaving Russia together and their marriage; his career after leaving Russia; their eventual move to New York; her retiring from performing; teaching [at the School of the American Ballet]; the question as to whether and what extent Balanchine influenced the instructors' teaching; [Agrippina] Vaganova, as a dancer and as a teacher, including an anecdote about her and Vladimiroff [ends abruptly].
Original Version
Original format: one sound reel, side 1 (ca. 124 min.; 1.875 in. per sec.; polyester; 5"; half-track; originally recorded between 1967 and 1971 but not later than 1971). transferred to wav file and compact disc formats in 2012.
Local Note
Former classmark: *MGZT 5-480
Added Author
Horosko, Marian. Interviewer
Research Call Number
*MGZTL 4-480
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