Merle Park (unpublished)

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Title

Merle Park (unpublished)

Description

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 books.

Biographical note:
Merle Park was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and joined the Royal Ballet in 1954. She created the role of Clara in Rudolph Nureyev’s staging of The Nutcracker in 1964. She is often described as being very musical and having perfect technique. While at the Royal Ballet, she danced the role of Giselle in Milkmaid more than any other Royal Ballerina. In the 1970’s Kenneth MacMiller wrote many role for her, one being Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She became a teacher and director at the Royal Ballet School from 1983 to 1998. She was named Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1986.

Publisher

Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

June 22, 1979

Rights

Copyright

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Identifier

park1979june22_sidea_clip.mp3

Provenance

Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

Rights Holder

Barbara Newman, Merle Park

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Audio Cassette

Digital Format

mp3

Digital Master

park1979june22_sidea.wav, park1979june22_sideb.wav

Duration

00:03:15

Bit Rate/Frequency

16-bit/44.1kHz

Interviewer

Barbara Newman

Interviewee

Merle Park, 1937-

Location

New York, NY

Files

Collection

Citation

“Merle Park (unpublished),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed June 16, 2021, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/25.

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