Interview with Serge Lido and Irène Lidova, 1976
NamesLido, Serge (Interviewee)Lidova, Irène (Interviewee)Wentink, Andrew Mark (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976-07-24
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1849
TopicsLidova, IrèneLido, SergeLifar, Serge, 1905-1986Petit, Roland, 1924-2011Mišković, Milorad, 1928-2013Limón, JoséGraham, MarthaBallets des Champs-ElyséesGrand Ballet de Monte CarloBallet des Etoiles de ParisForains (Choreographic work : Petit, R)Ballet -- France -- 20th centuryDance photography
NotesInterview with Serge Lido and Irène Lidova conducted by Andrew Wentink at Ruth Page Fisher's home in Saint-Tropez, France, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York (N.Y.). The interview is almost entirely in French.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by "tape hiss."Venue: Recorded for the Oral History Project of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1976, July 24, 1976 Saint-Tropez (France)Funding: The processing and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 3 min.) ; polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes) and streaming audio file 2 (approximately 11 minutes). In response to questions from Andrew Wentink, Serge Lido discusses his birth in Moscow; background and schooling; early dance classes; and how he came to be a photo-journalist in Paris, and eventually publish 22 books on dance. Irène Lidova discusses her birth in Moscow and youth in Leningrad [now St. Petersburg]; education at the Sorbonne in Paris; early dance classes; first job as a designer for Vue magazine; first critical dance reviews of Serge Lifar; job as artistic director of France magazine; the formation of a dance group with Roland Petit at the Paris Opéra in 1942-1944; Petit's first ballet, Les forains; the formation with Roland Petit, in 1945, of a company called Ballets des Champs-Elysées; her work as a press agent for Les Ballets de Marquis de Cuevas [Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas]; the formation, with Milorad Miskovitch in 1956, of the ballet troupe called Ballet des Etoiles de Paris, which lasted 18 years; the writing of several books about Roland Petit. Concludes with anecdotes about the reactions in Paris to José Limón and Martha Graham, and Serge Lido's experiences as a dance photographer.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 35422824NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16131937Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 22fa8330-c803-0135-cb79-492ca1b98fb8
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