Monica Mason (published 2013)

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Title

Monica Mason (published 2013)

Description

In this interview, Mason mostly discusses her earliest days working at The Royal Ballet. She had only been in school for a year when she had been picked to perform with the company, having taken the place of another company member who had gotten pregnant. She recalls how astonished and overwhelmed she was, as her only role prior to becoming a featured member was a walk on role in Petrushka. She also couldn't believe she would be on the same stage that Maria Callas sang on. She also discusses the end of her career, having auditioned (poorly, as she believes) for a television role.

Biographical note:

Dame Monica Mason was born in Johanesberg, South Africa in 1941. At 16, she joined the Royal Ballet School as the youngest dancer in the corps. By 20, choreographer Kenneth MacMillan was creating roles for her, most notably in The Rite of Spring and Manon. Other notable roles included Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the title role in The Firebird, and Lady Elgar in Enigma Variations. Mason later became a répétiteur (rehearsal director) for MacMillan's works and found an appreciation for coaching. She taught at the Royal Ballet School starting in 1980 and became its Artistic Director in 2002 until her retired in July 2012.

Publisher

Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

November 3, 2008
November 7, 2008

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Copyright

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Is Part Of

Newman, B. (2013). Never Far from Dancing: Ballet Artists in New Roles. London: Routledge.

Identifier

Monica Mason 2008.mp3

Provenance

Interviews recorded on MiniDisc by Barbara Newman

Rights Holder

Barbara Newman, Monica Mason

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Original Format

MiniDisc

Digital Format

mp3

Digital Master

mason_16.wav.mp3

Duration

00:06:04

Bit Rate/Frequency

128 kbps/44.1 kHz

Interviewer

Barbara Newman

Interviewee

Monica Mason, 1941-

Location

London, UK

Files

Citation

“Monica Mason (published 2013),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed June 16, 2021, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/101.

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