Interview with Violette Verdy, 1976

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Interview with Violette Verdy, 1976
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Verdy, Violette, 1933-2016 (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-11-14
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-632 Side B
Balanchine, George
Robbins, Jerome
Verdy, Violette, 1933-2016
Opéra de Paris. Ballet
New York City Ballet
Radio programs
Content: Streaming audio file (approximately 55 minutes). John Gruen, host, speaks about the upcoming season of the New York City Ballet and introduces Violette Verdy; Violette Verdy speaks with John Gruen about her appointment as the director of the Paris Opera Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet]; the current state of the company and the responsibilities of the position [a recording of music by Maurice Ravel used in George Balanchine's ballet Sonatine is played]; Verdy speaks about her career at the New York City Ballet including Balanchine's choreographing roles that evoked the French qualities of her dancing; her "noble resignation" regarding her body type and technique; Jerome Robbins' working methods compared with Balanchine's; her experience dancing the classic ballets as compatible with her roles at New York City Ballet [a recording of an excerpt of the music by Gabriel Fauré used in Balanchine's ballet Jewels is played]; the early start to her career including her role in the 1949 movie Ballerina; the upcoming New York City Ballet including a Bournonville tribute.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for broadcast by WNCN, New York 1976, November 14 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The conservation 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 Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 55 min.)
Sound quality is very good.
Interview with Violette Verdy conducted by John Gruen, as host, for broadcast on November 14, 1976 by radio station WNCN, New York on its series The sound of dance.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 79236613
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118439
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 26e08e50-c27c-0135-685e-5dce864b7354
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Item timeline of events

  • 1933: Creator Born
  • 1976: Created
  • 2016: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Violette Verdy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Violette Verdy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 20, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). Interview with Violette Verdy Retrieved from

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Interview with Violette Verdy