Yurek Lazowsky (unpublished)


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 where he “really cried.” This interview was not included in Newman's books.

Biographical note

Yurek Lazowsky (also Lazowski) was born in 1917 in Poland. He made his debut with the Warsaw Opera Ballet at the age of 13. He danced in Paris and Belgium before joining Col. de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in 1935. He also danced with George Balanchine's Ballet Theatre (later known as the American Ballet Theatre). He later choreographed for television and the Metropolitan Opera and taught at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.




Long Island, NY




“Yurek Lazowsky (unpublished),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed September 24, 2020, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/22.