Interview with Nathalie Krassovska, 1976
NamesKrassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005 (Interviewee)Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976-07-27Date Created: 1976-07-28
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-892
TopicsFokine, Michel, 1880-1942Krassovska, Nathalie, 1918-2005Preobrajenska, Olga, 1870-1962Ballet Russe de Monte CarloLondon Festival Ballet
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 3-892.Content: Interview with Nathalie Krassovska conducted by Elisabeth Kendall on July 27 and 28, 1976, New York (N.Y.) for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by "tape hiss," but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Elizabeth Kendall for the Oral History Project July 27 and 28, 1976 New York (N.Y.)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., 44 min.); polyester half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her family background and early ballet training; leaving (the former) Soviet Union for Paris, France; being reunited with her mother in Paris; life in Paris including her family's economic straits; studying with Olga Preobrajenska; her early performances including with Ballet 1933; dancing for Bronislava Nijinska including her impressions of Nijinska; dancing in Ida Rubenstein's company [Les Ballets de Madame Ida Rubinstein] at the Opéra de Paris, including in Michel Fokine's and Kurt Jooss's ballets; her experience with Ballets 1933 including her memories of George Balanchine; learning Fokine's ballet Spectre de la rose initially from Matilde Kschessinska [Matilʹda Feliksovna Kshesinskai︠a︡] and then from Fokine; performing in Fokine's Les sylphides; Serge Lifar; her time with René Blum's company [René Blum's Ballets de Monte Carlo] and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including the touring; her wide range of roles including her study of Spanish dance with La Argentinita; the United States tour; her memories of Alicia Markova and Alexandra Danilova; Krassovska's roles including in Leonide Massine's Le tricorne [Three-cornered hat]; [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 12 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her roles with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including in George Balanchine's La sonnambula [Night shadow]; Giselle, in particular her first time dancing the role; the role of Myrta including as compared to that of Giselle [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 30 minutes). Nathalie Krassovska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about Olga Preobrajenska as a teacher; joining the London Festival Ballet [now the English National Ballet] at the invitation of Anton Dolin; her time with the company including dancing in Nicholas Beriosoff's revival of Esmeralda; her brief engagement with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas including the reasons for her dissatisfaction with the company; teaching in Dallas, Texas.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80088102NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118774Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9d7e3df0-822b-0136-3af1-1777d3d1a117
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