Interview with Sarita Allen, 1979

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Interview with Sarita Allen, 1979
Allen, Sarita (Interviewee)
Rogosin, Elinor (Speaker)
Rogosin, Elinor (Donor)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-688 reel 6, side B (former)
Ailey, Alvin
Allen, Sarita
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Content: Streaming file (approximately 47 minutes). Sarita Allen speaks with Elinor Rogosin about identifying with the roles she dances [as a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater], for example in George Faison's work Gazelle; the shift from abstraction to emotion in Alvin Ailey's work Streams; learning a new role including Ailey's use of assistants to teach his works; Allen's training and how she came to join Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; working with Ailey; touring overseas including the strong and favorable audience response; the dancers in the company including their overall high morale; the company's repertory including its commercial appeal and succes; the effect of deadlines on the quality of new repertory; her gratitude that she has had the chance to dance in so many different choreographers' works; her thoughts on her future as a dancer [ends abruptly].
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Elinor Rogosin 1979? 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.
Acquisition: Gift of Elinor Rogosin
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 47 min.) : polyester; quarter-track
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by significant and continuous extraneous noise including music, but overall the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
Interview with Sarita Allen conducted by Elinor Rogosin, backstage (?) during a rehearsal or performance, in 1979 (?), probably in New York City.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 80077719
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118505
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1a3c30c0-b2b4-0133-bc53-60f81dd2b63c
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sarita Allen" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sarita Allen" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019.

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Interview with Sarita Allen