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park1979june22_sidea_clip.mp3
In the interview, Park discusses her initial role as understudy for Lise in Fille mal Gardee. She discusses the collaboration between the dancers and the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. This interview has not been published in any of Newman's…

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Mark Morris is an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He has danced with Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble and the Laura Dean, Hannah Kahn, Eliot Feld and Lar Lubovitch companies. He has acted as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de…

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Margaret Mercier is a Canadian ballet dancer and teacher. She trained at the Royal Ballet School before joining the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). She has taught at the Royal Danish Ballet school and the Swedish Ballet…

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Haydée discusses Juliet, the role created for her, and working with John Cranko, who gave her the confidence she needed to define her own Juliet. She also discusses what dancers contribute to their respective roles. This interview was not included in…

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Marc du Bouays is a French ballet dancer and teacher. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school before becoming a member of the company in 1968. He has danced with English National Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre. In 1982, he…

Maina Gielgud. Photographer Unknown.
Maina Gielgud is a British ballet dancer and director. She has danced with Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century, Deutsche Oper Berlin, London Festival Ballet, and the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). From 1983-96 she…

Maina Gielgud. Photographer Unknown.
Maina Gielgud is a British ballet dancer and director. She has danced with Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century, Deutsche Oper Berlin, London Festival Ballet, and the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). From 1983-96 she…

Seymour_2008.mp3
Seymour talks about how the film The Red Shoes and Beethoven's symphonies hooked her into dance. She knew at a very young age that she would need to dance to live. She talks about her major influences in dance: Frederick Ashton, her ballet master in…

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Seymour discusses her role as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, focusing on originating the role in Kenneth MacMillan's production and her frequent partner, Christopher Gable. Biographical note: Lynn Seymour, dancer and choreographer, was born in…

Armitstead_Edward_1985.mp3
Lt. Col. Edward Armitstead discusses his administrative role as overseeing officer in planning the annual Trooping of the Color Ceremony celebrating the Queen of England's birthday ceremony in 1985.Biographical note:Edward Armitstead served as a…

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Christensen recalls his experiences working with George Balanchine during the formative period of American ballet in New York City. He tells how be became the first American to dance the role of Apollo in Balanchine's ballet of the same…

Anderson_Lea_1987.mp3
Anderson discusses attending art school at St. Martins and dance theater at Middlesex College before joining the Laban Centre. Anderson also studied music, which plays a significant role in her pieces as they use almost all original music. Anderson…

Skylanskay_Larissa_1989_B.mp3
In this interview, Skylanskaya details the beginning of her career as a dancer in Russia and discusses being a teacher. She discusses the movement and style of a good dancer, along with her musical background and the impact it had on her early life.…

Jurgensen_Knud_1989.mp3
Jürgensen reveals that he trained as a dancer in Copenhagen and Paris from age sixteen to nineteen before attending the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and eventually the University of Copenhagen, to study Musicology. He then explains how his…

Kathryn Wade. Photographer Unknown.
Kathryn Wade trained, danced, and taught at the Royal Ballet School in London, U.K.. In 1992 she was appointed Director of the English National Ballet School. Following her tenure as Director, she returned to the Royal Ballet School as Principal of…

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Kathryn Wade trained, danced, and taught at the Royal Ballet School in London, U.K.. In 1992 she was appointed Director of the English National Ballet School. Following her tenure as Director, she returned to the Royal Ballet School as Principal of…

Bloom_John_1985.mp3
Bloom talks about his work on the film A Chorus Line. The interview begins with a discussion of the pressures of joining a production already in progress, and the unique aspects of editing a film with dance as its focus. He goes on to describe the…

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Ashford_John_1989.mp3
John Ashford discusses his directorship of the contemporary dance and performance center, The Place. He addresses funding, audience attendance, and programming. In addition, he reflects on the nature of international styles and language of…

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Layton_Joe_1988.mp3
Layton discusses the difficulty of finding good experienced dancers in London because there are too many shows and not enough dancers, which affects the quality. Conversely in New York, there are not enough shows and too many dancers. Layton…

Jean-Pierre Frohlich. Photograph by Paul Kolnik.
Jean-Pierre Frohlich is an American ballet dancer, master, and choreographer. He trained at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet, where he performed as a soloist and went on to become a ballet master. He is now a…

Jean-Pierre Frohlich. Photograph by Paul Kolnik.
Jean-Pierre Frohlich is an American ballet dancer, master, and choreographer. He trained at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet, where he performed as a soloist and went on to become a ballet master. He is now a…

bonnefoux1979june05_tape1_sidea_clip.mp3
Soft-spoken Bonnefoux talks about dancing The Four Temperaments, his first introduction to George Balanchine, and working in the Paris Opera.Biographical note:Born in France in 1943, Bonnefoux studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1959, he…

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Bonnefoux discusses his take on dance education and teaching style, saying that "teaching is not about serving tradition, it's about serving them [the students]." He also discusses major changes and trends in the dance community since he started out.…

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Irina Kolpakova is a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She trained at the Leningrad Choreographic School before becoming the prima ballerina at the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet). She went on to choreograph and teach at the…

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Youskevitch tells how he was recruited to become a dancer, and his effort to master the role of Albrecht in the classical ballet Giselle. Biographical note: Born in the Ukraine in 1912, Youskevitch and his family fled the Russian Revolution to settle…

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Tomasson talks about the difference between dancing to please an audience and dancing to please oneself, the self-criticism of dancers, and his own process.Biographical note:Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1942, Tomasson began his career at age fifteen…

Helgi Tomasson, 1991. Photograph by Chris Stewart.
Helgi Tomasson is an Icelandic ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the National School of Reykjavik and the School of American Ballet. He danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and as the principal of the New York City…

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Helgi Tomasson is an Icelandic ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the National School of Reykjavik and the School of American Ballet. He danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and as the principal of the New York City…

Dunlop_Geoff_1985.mp3
Geoff Dunlap discusses his career as videographer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, filming them for British Television. Mr. Dunlop describes Merce Cunningham as a singular genius who is consistent and ordered with an inquiring mind, always…

Henderson_Gavin_1987.mp3
Gavin Henderson discusses the Brighton Festival, which he has been director of since 1984. The festival gives Brighton's arts and artists exposure and brings new art to the city.Biographical note:Born in 1948, Gavin Henderson is a native of Brighton,…

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Francia Russell is an American ballet dancer, master, and director. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet school. She has danced with the New York City Ballet and with Jerome Robbins' Ballet U.S.A. She acted as ballet master at the New York City…

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madsen1979jul03_sidea_clip.mp3
Madsen talks about the choreographer, John Cranko, and the relationship between choreographers and dancers in general. This interview was not included in Newman's books.Biographical note:Born in Denmark in 1942, Madsen first took the stage at age 10…

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MacLeary discusses his role as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Biographical note: MacLeary was born in Glasgow in 1937. He began his training with Sheila Ross in Inverness shortly before he entered Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s…

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Kelly describes what first attracted him to dance and his primary influences and inspirations. He explains that his years as a dancers were ultimately leading him to his true passion; dance education. Being a teachers has kept him involved in ballet…

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Kelly discusses his early training in Rhodesia, coming to dance for the London Festival Ballet, and his sojourn with companies in New Zealand and Zurich. The bulk of the interview is an extended discussion of the role of the Prodigal Son, which Kelly…

bergsma1979jul25_sideb_clip.mp3
Bergsma addresses her non-traditional height and the difficulty it produced to dance with others because of it. She says she was always happiest dancing by herself. When she danced with a partner, she left it up to them to “take over,” but she was…

Wall_2008.mp3
Wall discusses the importance of theater/drama in maintaining and encouraging his interest in dance. He also discusses his influences, including dancers David Blair, John Cranko and Rudolph Nureyev, as well as actor John Scofield.Biographical…

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Wall discusses the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, the emotional life of the characters, and applying the narrative dynamics of the play to the ballet.Biographical note:David Wall was born in 1946 and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He toured…
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