Peter Martins (published 1982)

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Title

Peter Martins (published 1982)

Description

Martins discusses his enormous love for dance, and his motivations for becoming a dancer.

Biographical note:
Peter Martins was born in 1946. He first danced with the New York City Ballet in a production of George Balanchine's Apollo in 1967. He became a Principal Dancer with the company in 1970, then honored as Ballet Master in 1981. He retired from dancing in 1983. Subsequently, Martins held many leadership positions within NYCB: Co-Ballet Master in Chief with Jerome Robbins; Director; and currently Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty of the School of American Ballet. Martins has also written an autobiography (Far From Denmark, 1982) and was knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1983).

Publisher

Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

July 7, 1980

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Copyright

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Relation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWgab_PFBQ

Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Newman, B. (1992). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. New York: Limelight Editions

Identifier

martins1980jul07_tape1_sideb_clip.mp3

Provenance

Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

Rights Holder

Barbara Newman, Peter Martins

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Original Format

Audio Cassette Tape

Digital Format

mp3

Digital Master

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Duration

00:01:20

Bit Rate/Frequency

16-bit/44.1kHz

Interviewer

Barbara Newman

Interviewee

Peter Martins, 1946-

Additional content

"Even seeing is not always believing. Can you believe that one dancer possesses a Praxitelean body, a flawless but never bloodless technique, a natural musicality, and a sense of humor? And that the same dancer is as striking in repose as he is stunning in motion? And that by spending his gifts lavishly, at every performance, he continually refines and replenishes them? It's all true, and Peter Martins has confirmed and reconfirmed it before my own eyes for the last ten years, but I still occasionally find it hard to believe. Apollo is a landmark ballet in his personal history as a dancer. Today it inspires him to a performance that is a landmark in his career, a distillation of all he knows instinctively and all he has so avidly, gloriously, learned," Barbara Newman (1992).

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Citation

“Peter Martins (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed June 16, 2021, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/29.

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