Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976

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Title
Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976
Names
Riabouchinska, Tatiana (Interviewee)
Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-04-20 - 1976-04-21
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-914
Topics
Balanchine, George
Riabouchinska, Tatiana -- Interviews
Lichine, David
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Ballets russes de Monte Carlo
Présages (Choreographic work : Massine)
Cotillon (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Genres
Oral histories
Interviews
Notes
Additional physical form: For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-914.
Content: Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska conducted by Elisabeth Kendall on April 20 and 21, 1976 in Beverly Hills (Calif.) for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by extraneous noise, in particular the sounds of a class in progress including piano music (particularly intrusive on streaming audio file 1, the last approximate 10 minutes of streaming audio file 2, and streaming audio file 3 ) as well as "tape hiss." Streaming audio file 2 has the best sound quality.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Elizabeth Kendall for the Oral History Project April 20 and 21, 1976 Beverly Hills (Calif.)
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.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 2 hr., 2 min.) ; polyester half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
Description
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). Tatiana Riabouchinska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her childhood including their flight from Moscow to France after the Russian Revolution; her parents; their life in Monte Carlo and Paris including her ballet training, with Alexandre Volinine and Mathilde Kschessinska; performing with Le Théâtre de la Chauve-Souris [Teatr "Letuchai︠a︡ myshʹ"]; meeting George Balanchine and being invited to join the Ballets russes de Monte Carlo [co-directed by W. de Basil and René Blum; predecessor company of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo]; working with Balanchine; her friendship with Irina Baronova and Tamara Toumanova including their kindness to her after her mother died; (very briefly) Bronislava Nijinska and her ability to inhabit a role; more on working with Balanchine; her first visit to New York, on tour with the company; Balanchine's Cotillon [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 44 minutes). Tatiana Riabouchinska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about George Balanchine's Cotillon including the "hand of fate" pas de deux; her roles with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; problems with style as taught to dancers today; Balanchine's departure from the company; Alexandra Danilova; Leonide Massine including his ballet Présages; David Lichine [died in 1972] including the circumstances of their marriage; Bronislava Nijinska; ballets that she found difficult but rewarding, for example Cotillon, Giselle, and Swan lake; leaving the company in 1947 and moving to California; some of Lichine's ballets; her career after leaving Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including performances with American Ballet Theatre [discussion of various ballets while looking at Riabouchinska's old programs including an anecdote about Michel Fokine; ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 26 minutes). Tatiana Riabouchinska speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about David Lichine's ballets; her and Lichine's school in California including its methods and goals; dancing in Michel Fokine's ballet Coq d'or; her and Lichine's work in film, in particular Make mine music; her efforts over the last 10 years to create and maintain a ballet company [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 83965554
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118788
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0283a5d0-822d-0136-e6d3-1fd086b61e6c
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  • 1976: Created (Approximate)
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976 - 1976. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ea21d40-3ba4-0134-3237-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 20, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ea21d40-3ba4-0134-3237-60f81dd2b63c

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976 - 1976). Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976 Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ea21d40-3ba4-0134-3237-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Tatiana Riabouchinska, 1976