Interview with Peter Deign
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Deign, Peter (Interviewee)Hardy, Camille (Interviewer)George Balanchine Foundation (Presenter)
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2002-08-01
Table of ContentsDisc 1 (40 min.). Peter Deign discusses performing in the Broadway musical Courtin' time; his training as a dancer in the South Bronx, changing his name from Edward Peter Nielsen to Peter Deign when he joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; about the Dance Magazine photograph from Jan. 1951 with Deign and Audrey Keane; performing with Audrey Keane; first working with Balanchine for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Serenade; a memory of Balanchine; getting the job for Courtin' time because he already danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; remembering the audition process; Balanchine creating the opening number in Boston and playing the drums when they presented this dance to the producers; remembering the movement for the opening number; Camile Hardy reading aloud the list of dancers in the cast; having no memory of the women's dance for A man never marries a wife; Hardy reading the lyrics for the Wishbone song and waltz which was described as a choreographed Pin the tail on the donkey; Balanchine being intrigued with homespun quality of this show since it was the first time he had worked with the Americana theme; the movement and costumes for Chose your partner, the section Deign danced with Patricia Poole, along with several corrections he personally remembers getting from Balanchine; working with Balanchine as he created folk dances and a comparison to Agnes de Mille; the difference in Balanchine when creating ballets opposed to folk dances; Balanchine developing music with Dorothea Freitag (pianist); and Balanchine giving classes. |||| Disc 2 (40 min.). Deign describing a typical day during rehearsals and class given by Balanchine; about Johnny and the puckwudgies, with the puckwudgies performing on pointe, Deign being a swing and having to partner different dancers every night, and a description of the costumes worn; Camille Hardy reading the lyrics to Johnny ride the sky; about the Act II opening ballet number and what Deign thought of it; Balanchine using tap dance elements in the Sensible thing to do number; a story about the potential old maids; discussion of the Maine will remember the Maine production number with a story about dividing the men in half; Deign's favorite things about working with Balanchine; personal story about asking Balanchine to attend a drag show in Burlesque house in Boston; Balanchine working on Courtin' time at the same time he was having the first New York City Ballet (NYCB) Chicago tour and first NYCB summer season; Balanchine being in Boston to continue choreographing but not going to Philadelphia; Lloyd Nolan leaving show and the union giving them extra tryout; how Deign felt about the dancers; the difference between dancing on Broadway and dancing in a ballet company; auditioning for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo while still performing four shows a day at the Roxy; performing with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the roles he danced; his experience dancing in Song of Norway; listing the numbers in which he danced; remembering the big ballet scene with some of the staging and movements. |||| Disc 3 (ca. 14 min.). Continuing with the ballet scene from Song of Norway with Deign describing his placement downstage to perform jetés; the rehearsal process; describing the dance numbers and scenes; the most important thing Deign learned from Balanchine and watching Balanchine perform in the 1929 film, The dark red roses; final thoughts about Courtin' time with comments about what he thought of as the best song, Golden moment; and concludes with Deign reciting a poem.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7310
TopicsBalanchine, GeorgeDeign, PeterKeane, AudreyPoole, PatriciaBallet Russe de Monte CarloMusicals. Courtin' timeWright, Robert, 1914-2005. Song of NorwayMusicals
NotesVenue: Videotaped during an interview at the Balanchine Foundation, New York, N.Y., on Aug. 1, 2002.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation. NN-PD
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 3 videocassettes (DVCam) (20 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19683024Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 065a0be0-f79b-0130-9c67-3c075448cc4b
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