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Interviews with Robert Helpmann, 1973

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Interviews with Robert Helpmann, 1973
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Interviewee)
Mack, Daniel (Interviewer)
Pierce, Ponchitta Anne, 1942- (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1973-10
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-301
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993
Aldous, Lucette
Sir, Helpmann, Robert, 1909-1986
Ballet in motion pictures, television, etc. -- Don Quixote (Motion picture : 1973)
Radio programs
Content: Two interviews with Robert Helpmann. Part 1: Interview by Daniel Mack, broadcast in October 1973 by radio station WRVR, New York (approximately 15 minutes.). Part 2: Interview by Panchita Pierce broadcast on October 28, 1973 by television station WNBC, New York on its series Sunday (approximately 10 minutes.). This section includes excerpts from the soundtrack of the film of the ballet Don Quixote co-directed by Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev.
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.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for radio station WRVR, New York and television station WNBC, New York October 1973 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 25 min.) : polyester, half-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by "tape hiss," which is more pronounced in part 2, but the speakers' voices are clear and easily intelligible.
Streaming audio file (approximately 25 minutes). Part 1. Daniel Mack introduces his guest, Robert Helpmann; Robert Helpmann speaks about his background in both dance and theater including his performances at the Old Vic Theatre; his belief in the importance of dramatic training for dancers; the role of Hamlet; creating emotional contact with the audience when acting in a drama as compared with dancing in a ballet; his belief that the purpose of the theater is entertainment. Part 2. Panchita Pierce introduces her guest Robert Helpmann, and the film Don Quixote adapted by Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev from the ballet; Helpmann speaks with Pierce about the making of the film, at an airplane hangar in Australia; Lucette Aldous; the purpose of ballet as entertainment.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 37122379
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118112
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 400c57f0-797c-0136-72b0-0cb4d53a2f44
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Item timeline of events

  • 1909: Creator Born
  • 1973: Created
  • 1986: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with Robert Helpmann" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1973.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interviews with Robert Helpmann" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 4, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1973). Interviews with Robert Helpmann Retrieved from

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Interviews with Robert Helpmann