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Interview with Peter Martins

Title
Interview with Peter Martins [sound recording].
Author
Martins, Peter, 1946-
Publication
1998.

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reel 2AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-2184 [sound cassette] reel 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
reel 1AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-2184 (sound cassette) reel 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
AudioSupervised use *MGZMT 3-2184 (transcript)Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Additional Authors
Sorrin, Ellen.
Description
2 sound cassettes (approx. 100 min.) +
Series Statement
New York City Ballet at 50, interviews
Alternative Title
  • Dance Oral History Project.
  • Dance Audio Archive.
Subjects
Note
  • For transcript, see *MGZMT 3-2184.
  • Interviewed by Ellen Sorrin on October 29 and December 29, 1998, in Peter Martins' office at the New York State Theater.
Access (note)
  • Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
Call Number
*MGZMT 3-2184
Author
Martins, Peter, 1946- interviewee.
Title
Interview with Peter Martins [sound recording].
Imprint
1998.
Series
New York City Ballet at 50, interviews
Summary
Cassette 1, (10-29-98): Mr. Martins discusses George Balanchine's invitation to assume the leadership of the New York City Ballet, the years leading up to Balanchine's death, and the ways in which Martins and Balanchine prepared for this transition. Martins remembers his reaction upon hearing of Balanchine's death. Martins also discusses his appointment as co-director of the company, joining Jerome Robbins.
Cassette 2, (12-29-98): Mr. Martins discusses taking over the company's finances; the ownership of Balanchine's ballets; the relationship of the company and himself to the George Balanchine Trust. He describes the American Music Festival, the Diamond Project, the Robbins festival, and the Balanchine festival. Martins shares his thoughts on the School of American Ballet; choosing dancers for the company; and his desire for continuity in the company. He reflects on his friendship with Lincoln Kirstein, his professional relationship with Robbins, and Robbins' death. Martins describes his sense of responsibility toward both the ballets and the company; tells of Balanchine's legacy of profound commitment; then shares thoughts on his leadership, his hopes for the future of the company, the importance of educating audiences, and the priorities of the next century. Martins concludes with additional discussion of his mission and responsibilities as the New York City Ballet's Ballet Master-in-Chief.
Local Note
Preservation master cassette: *MGZTCO 3-2184.
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 10-2184.
Archival transcript: *MGZMTO 3-2184.
Partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Restricted Access
Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
Local Subject
Audiotapes -- Martins, P.
Added Author
Sorrin, Ellen. Interviewer
Added Title
Dance Oral History Project.
Dance Audio Archive.
Research Call Number
*MGZMT 3-2184 [Transcript]
*MGZTC 3-2184 [Cassette]
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