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Interview with Maria Tallchief [sound recording].

Interview with Maria Tallchief [sound recording].
Tallchief, Maria.

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AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-1975, side BPerforming Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
Kaptzan, Kyra Lynn.
1 sound cassette (ca. 34 min.)
Oral history archive.
Uniform Title
Ballet beat (Radio program)
  • Sound quality is good overall, but the recording is marred by continuous extraneous noise in the form of interference from a different radio program, and brief gaps.
  • Interview with Maria Tallchief conducted by Kyra Lynn Kaptzan on Aug. 6, 1979 for the radio program Ballet beat on WNYU-FM and broadcast on Nov. 2, 1979.
Source (note)
  • Kyra Lynn Kaptzan.
Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1975, side B [sound cassette]
Tallchief, Maria. Interviewee
Interview with Maria Tallchief [sound recording].
Maria Tallchief speaks with Kyra Lynn Kaptzan about her American Indian heritage; early dance training beginning at age three; moving to California to study dance at age seven; studying with Bronislava Nijinska; training to be a concert pianist but preferring to dance; dancing with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Europe at the invitation of Tatiana Riabouchinska; performing with the Ballet Russe in Canada and being invited to join the company; being an understudy in Agnes de Mille's Rodeo; studying Nijinska's Chopin concerto first as understudy and then performing in it; performing George Balanchine's choreography in the musical comedy Song of Norway; her favorite roles with Ballet Russe including in Balanchine's Baiser de la fée; Balanchine's influence on her technique; favorite partners, including Nicholas Magallanes, André Eglevsky and Francisco Moncion; Balanchine's Firebird as her most important role; joining Ballet Society; performing as a guest artist with Erik Bruhn with American Ballet Theatre; dancing on television, including with Rudolf Nureyev on Bell Telephone hour; training dancers in Chicago and forming a dance company with the Chicago Lyric Opera [Chicago City Ballet]; working with Jacques D'Amboise; the company's repertoire of mostly Balanchine works; her decision to retire; her daugher; her sister Marjorie Tallchief's career and work with Dallas Civic Ballet; future plans.
Local Note
Archive original: *MGZTCO 3-1975, side B
Gift; Kyra Lynn Kaptzan. NN-PD
Local Subject
Audiotapes -- Tallchief, M.
Added Author
Kaptzan, Kyra Lynn. Interviewer
Added Title
Ballet beat (Radio program)
Oral history archive.
Research Call Number
*MGZTC 3-1975, side B [sound cassette]
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