Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979

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Title
Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979
Additional title: Interview with Paul Mejia, 1979
Additional title: Ballet Beat (Radio program)
Names
Lavery, Sean (Interviewee)
Mejia, Paul (Interviewee)
Kaptzan, Kyra Lynn (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979-08-31
Date Created: 1979-11-28
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1973
Topics
Balanchine, George
Lavery, Sean
Mejia, Paul
San Francisco Ballet
New York City Ballet
Ballet du XXe siècle (Belgium)
Frankfurter Ballett
Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : Mejia)
Kammermusik no. 2 (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Ballet -- Guatemala
Genres
Radio interviews
Interviews
Radio programs
Notes
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for the program Ballet Beat on WNYU-FM 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 Kyra Lynn Kaptzan
Content: Streaming audio file 1; recorded August 31, 1979, aired September 7, 1979 (approximately 26 minutes). Sean Lavery speaks with Kyra Lynn Kaptzan about his early dance training; coming to New York City to study at the New York School of Ballet; performing with the San Francisco Ballet; performing and touring with the Frankfurt Ballet [Frankfurter Ballett]; favorite roles with that company; the Columbia Artists' North American tour; joining New York City Ballet; taking George Balanchine's ballet class for the first time; his early roles as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; learning roles at the last minute; partnering; working with Balanchine on Kammermusik no. 2.
Content: Streaming audio file 2; recorded November 28, 1979, aired May 4, 1979 (approximately 29 minutes). Paul Mejia speaks with Kyra Lynn Kaptzan about his production of Romeo and Juliet; his decision to stop performing; choreographing; teaching; joining New York City Ballet; his childhood dance training; performing with New York City Ballet; leaving New York City Ballet; joining Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe Siècle; returning to New York; choreographing for Ballet Nacional de Guatemala; the difficulties of working with a government-subsidized company; his marriage to Suzanne Farrell; plans for the future.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 55 min.)
Sound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, in particular towards the end of streaming file 1, and "tape hiss" in streaming file 2.
Description
Interview with Sean Lavery conducted by Kyra Lynn Kaptzan on August 31, 1979, and broadcast on September 7, 1979; and interview with Paul Mejia conducted by Kyra Lynn Kaptzan on November 28 and broadcast on May 4, 1980, in each case, for the radio program Ballet Beat on WNYU-FM.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 40361426
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13885027
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 28309430-c367-0133-c829-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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  • 1979: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2c5f2cb0-c367-0133-0856-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 16, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2c5f2cb0-c367-0133-0856-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979 Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2c5f2cb0-c367-0133-0856-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Sean Lavery, and, interview with Paul Mejia, 1979