Interview with Ana Ricarda, August 4, 1973
NamesRicarda, Ana, 1918-2000 (Interviewee)Raher, David (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1973-08-04
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTC 3-1215 (former)
TopicsRicarda, Ana, 1918-2000Lichine, DavidBon, RenéGrand Ballet de Monte CarloDoña Ines de Castro (Choreographic work : Ricarda)Del amor y de la muerte (Choreographic work : Ricarda)Hermanas (Choreographic work : MacMillan)
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by David Raher 1973, August 4 London (England)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 David RaherContent: Streaming file 1 (approximately 30 minutes). Ana Ricarda and David Raher discuss whether a play can be successfully adapted as a ballet; ballets and topics discussed include: John Cranko's Taming of the shrew; audience expectations; Frederick Ashton's The dream; setting a ballet to music already associated with a particular work, for example, Sergey Prokofiev's music for Romeo and Juliet; Ricarda's ballet Doña Ines de Castro; Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie; Fleming Flindt's The lesson; José Limón's The moor's pavane; Valerie Bettis's A streetcar named Desire; the difficulty inherent in adapting a well-known play to dance; Gerald Arpino's work Poppet, based on Arthur Miller's play The crucible [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 30 minutes). Ana Ricarda and David Raher continue to discuss the adapting of plays to ballet; ballets and topic discussed include: Gerald Arpino's work Poppet; Ricarda's ballet Doña Ines de Castro; dances based on Frederico García Lorca's works, for example Kenneth Macmillan's ballet Las hermanas; Leonide Massine's Les femmes de bonne humeur [Good humored ladies]; Ricarda's reluctance to choreograph existing dramatic works, in particular well-known ones; the theme of death and her works Doña Ines de Castro, Del amor y de la muerte, and Song of unending sorrow [Chanson de l'éternelle tristesse]; her La tertulia; ou Les deux rivales [file ends abruptly].Content: Streaming file 3 (approximately 30 minutes). [A second man, possibly Ana Ricarda's husband, has joined Ana and David Raher. They listen to a recording of the music, by Joaquin Serra, for Ana Ricarda's work Doña Ines de Castro while speaking, for the most part, about the work; the file ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 4];Content: Streaming file 4 (approximately 30 minutes). [Continuation of the playing of the music, by Joaquin Serra, for Ana Ricarda's work Doña Ines de Castro.] Ana Ricarda, her husband (?) and David Raher speak with each other about the music and the type of dancers needed for this work; the tendency of ballet companies [in New York and Europe] to concentrate on one choreographer; Nederlands Dans Theater including its performance of Jerome Robbins' "silent" ballet Moves; ballets performed without musical accompaniment and ballets in which the orchestra and singers are on stage; David Lichine and rehearsals with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas [Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo]; René Bon; the men in the company known as the "mosquitoes" [file ends abruptly].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 2 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair in streaming files 1 and 2. In streaming files 3 and 4, the sound quality ranges from fair to poor. The speakers talk while music is playing, their voices are often soft, and there is occasional extraneous noise due to the fact that the speakers are also eating.
DescriptionInterview with Ana Ricarda conducted by David Raher in London, England, on August 4, 1973. A second man (Ricarda's husband?) joins the conversation in streaming files 3 and 4.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 79809228NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12119123Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f257cdb0-798a-0136-7573-7f722715aac0
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