Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1976

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Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1976
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-811 Side 1
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
Male dancers
Content: Streaming audio file (approximately 28 minutes). Walter Terry speaks about his book (Great male dancers of the ballet, 1978); Mikhail Baryshnikov, with the occasional assistance of an unidentified interpreter, speaks about dancing in John Butler's Medea including the difficulty of preparing for a modern role; differences between dancing a classical role and a modern role; his interest in a wide variety of dance styles; the continuing evolution of how he dances classical roles like Albrecht; the use of classical steps to express dramatic meaning, for example Albrecht's steps when dancing for the Queen of the Willis; (briefly) several choreographers with whom he has worked; his interest in dancing a ballet about Mozart; his admiration for George Balanchine's ballets.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1976
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 Walter Terry
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 28 min.)
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise.
Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov conducted by Walter Terry in 1976, as research for his book: Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978). The location of the interview is not identified. An unidentified interpreter assists at times.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 144660157
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118693
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e24d1ae0-7956-0136-b15d-0a5b8fbacbcc
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 25, 2020.

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Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov