Research Catalog

Interview with Leon Danielian

Title
Interview with Leon Danielian
Author
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997
Publication
[ca. 1976].

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Details

Additional Authors
Terry, Walter
Description
One streaming audio file (approximately 48 minutes): digital
Donor/Sponsor
Oral History Archive. Gift of Walter Terry.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Note
  • Interview with Leon Danielian conducted by Walter Terry in New York City, probably in or around 1976, as research for his book Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978).
  • Sound quality overall ranges from very good to very poor. The recording is marred by "tape hiss" and there are segments where the voices are extremely distorted; these segments significantly increase in frequency and length at approximately 36:50 minutes into the streaming audio file.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Access (note)
  • Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Funding (note)
  • 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.
Source (note)
  • Walter Terry
Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-820 Side 2
OCLC
954469982
Author
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997, interviewee.
Title
Interview with Leon Danielian
Production
[ca. 1976].
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
online resource
Restricted Access
Patrons may access streaming audio only on site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Event
Recorded by Walter Terry ca. 1976? New York (New York)
Summary
Streaming audio file (approximately 48 minutes). Leon Danielian speaks with Walter Terry about some of the eminent American danseurs of his generation; playing to the audience, including an anecdote about dancing in a movie house; his first teacher Seda [Madame Seda Suny]; training with Mikhail Mordkin; Anton Dolan and his influence on Danielian; his reasons for leaving Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre]; joining the Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil and leaving just before the South American tour; the effect of World War II on American male ballet dancers in the United States; his large repertoire; his self-image as a dancer; Nora Kaye; training male dancers [beginning at approximately 36:50, the frequency and length of sections marred by severe distortion increases significantly]; his demi-caractère roles.
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.
Original Version
Original format: one sound cassette (approximately 48 minutes); transferred to wav file and streaming file format in 2015: myd_mgztco3820_v01f02_sc.
Local Note
Former class mark: *MGZTC 3-820 Side 2
Source
Gift Walter Terry
Connect to:
Local Subject
Male dancing.
Added Author
Terry, Walter, interviewer.
Added Title
Oral History Archive. Gift of Walter Terry.
Research Call Number
*MGZTCO 3-820 Side 2
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