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Alston describes his influences and creative process when choreographing The Rite of Spring (1981), Night Music (1981), and Pulcinella (1987), which he was in the process of creating at the time of this interview.Biographical note:Richard Alston was…

Richard Thomas was an American ballet dancer and teacher. He danced with the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Alicia Alonso (now National Ballet of Cuba), and New York City Ballet. He and his wife, Barbara Fallis, founded…

Robert Denvers is a Belgian ballet dancer and director. He has danced with the Strasbourg Opera Ballet, the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century. From 1979 to 1986, he lead his own New York studio, the…

Robert Denvers is a Belgian ballet dancer and director. He has danced with the Strasbourg Opera Ballet, the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century. From 1979 to 1986, he lead his own New York studio, the…

Salmon talks about the rapid pace and turnover of productions in the New York of the time. He describes his opinion on joy being the best motivator of dance rather than the militaristic attitudes he experienced with some choreographers. The…

Shelley Washington is an American ballet dancer and master. She trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Juilliard School of Music. She has danced with the companies of Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp as well as the American Ballet Theatre, where…

Stanley discusses how she initially became a dancer as a teenager as well as some of the physical aspects of dance. She references some of her influences, including Dido Nicholson, and finally her move from classical ballet to contemporary dance. She…

Sorella Englund is a Finnish ballet dancer, master, and teacher. She trained at the Finnish National Opera ballet school before joining the Royal Danish Ballet where she performed from 1966 to 1978. She has acted as the ballet master at the Boston…

Jefferies discusses individuality in dance versus doing what is asked of oneself. He also describes his natural approach to and feelings for the character roles he takes on, and connecting his comfort with each to levels of confidence. Biographical…

In this interview, Paxton discusses using improvisation and the process of stepping back to look at how forms influence what's created. He also discusses working with the Extemporary Dance Theatre on his work Audible Scenery which he was involved in…

Suki Schorer is an American ballet dancer, teacher, and author. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1959, where she remained until 1972. In her retirement, she…

Suki Schorer is an American ballet dancer, teacher, and author. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1959, where she remained until 1972. In her retirement, she…

LeClercq primarily discusses creating the role of Choleric in The Four Temperaments, but delves into experiences with other ballets. She describes working with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as other dancers at the Ballet Society/New York City…

Tim Flavin discusses his early roots in Texas, through his move to New York City, getting his union card, starting on the stage, and finally ending in London before his performance of Dracula (1986) at the Lyric Hammersmith.Biographical note:Tim…

Lander discusses her time at the Royal Danish Ballet with Harald Lander. She also discusses working with David Blair and Anthony Tudor. She focuses primarily on the dual role as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Biographical note: Born in Copenhagen in…

Bourne talks about the history of the Dance Umbrella festival, beginning with its first performance at Riverside Studios at the ICA London. This 1988 interview marks the 10th anniversary of the Dance Umbrella. In 1988, Bourne was awarded the…

In this interview, Simon discusses her career path from her roots as a dancer from the early age of eight in the School of American Ballet meeting George Balanchine in 1948, her career in the New York City Ballet and then developing her career as a…

Violette Verdy is a French ballet dancer, director, and professor. She has danced with Les Ballets de Paris, the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. She has acted as the…

Violette Verdy is a French ballet dancer, director, and professor. She has danced with Les Ballets de Paris, the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. She has acted as the…

Wang Jai Hung describes through an unknown interpreter his training in ballet from the time he was 12 and on. He discusses his training at the Chinese dance school, the Experimental Ballet Society, now known as the Central Ballet of China. He also…

Sonnabend discusses collaboration in her work with Kenneth MacMillan and others and describes music as the primary influence of her work. She also talks about her experiences seeing other productions of Swan Lake as well as some specific sets she has…

Lazowsky looks back on his time in the ballet Petrouchka, where there was not much dancing except in the last scene. He states that on the stage and life there needs to be sincerity, which he applied in Petrouchka in a scene when it came to crying…

Yuri Fateyev is a Russian ballet dancer, teacher, and director. He trained at the Vaganova Academy. In 1982 he joined the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet), he has since acted as company teacher, ballet master, and Acting Director since 2008.
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