Interview with Francisco Moncion, and, interview with Violette Verdy, 1974Additional title: Interview with Violette Verdy, 1974
NamesMoncion, Francisco (Interviewee)Verdy, Violette, 1933- (Interviewee)Reynolds, Nancy, 1938- (Interviewer)France, Charles Engell (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1974-05-08Date Created: 1974-10-12
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3325
TopicsVerdy, Violette, 1933-Le Clercq, TanaquilMoncion, FranciscoBalanchine, GeorgeRobbins, JeromeNew York City BalletOrpheus (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Night shadow (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Allegro brillante (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Theme and variations (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Gounod symphony (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Firebird (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Jinx (Choreographic work : Christensen, L)Opus 34 (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Bayou (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Valses nobles et sentimentales (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Time table (Choreographic work : Tudor)Gloire (Choreographic work : Tudor)Age of anxiety (Choreographic work : Robbins)Guests (Choreographic work : Robbins)Afternoon of a faun (Choreographic work : Robbins)Cage (Choreographic work : Robbins)Jazz concert (Choreographic work)Concert (Choreographic work : Robbins)Pastorale (Choreographic work : Moncion)Midsummer night's dream (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Don Quixote (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Western symphony (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Panamerica (Choreographic work)
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Nancy Reynolds and by Charles Endall France 1974, May 8 and October 12 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 Jowitt, DeborahContent: Streaming audio file 1, Interview with Francisco Moncion, May 8, 1974 (approximately 45 minutes). [Identifcation of photographs.] Francisco Moncion speaks with Nancy Reynolds about George Balanchine's ballet Orpheus including his role as the Dark Angel and anecdotes about Maria Tallchief and Igor Stravinsky; the critical reception of the ballet; Balanchine's ballet The firebird including Maria Tallchief in the title role; the costumes; his role, Prince Ivan; Balanchine's ballet La valse including Moncion's role as Death; Tanaquil Le Clercq as the young girl; Lew Christensen's ballet Jinx; Balanchine's ballet The prodigal son including Moncion's dancing the title role; Le Clercq as the Siren; his costume; Balanchine's instructions regarding the final scene; the different approaches of Yvonne Mounsey and Diana Adams to the Siren; Balanchine's ballet Bayou and Moncion's role as the boy of the bayou; Balanchine's ballet Opus 34 [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2, Interview with Francisco Moncion, May 8, 1974 (approximately 45 minutes). Francisco Moncion speaks with Nancy Reynolds about Tanaquil Le Clercq; Antony Tudor's work Time table; Tudor's La gloire; Jerome Robbins' ballet The age of anxiety; Robbins' ballets as providing a contrast to those of Balanchine in the New York City Ballet repertoire; William Dollar including his work Ondine; Panamerica [the collective title of seven works including Moncion's ballet Choros no. 7]; Robbins' ballet The guests including Moncion's role as a host; Robbins' ballet In the night including the tense atmosphere at the rehearsals; Robbins as a choreographer; Robbins' ballet Afternoon of a faun including Le Clercq in the role of the "nymph"; changes he has seen in La valse over the years [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].Content: Streaming audio file 3, Interview with Francisco Moncion, May 8, 1974 (approximately 46 minutes). Francisco Moncion speaks with Nancy Reynolds about the extent to which Balanchine's ballets change depending on the cast; Jerome Robbins' ballet The concert including rehearsing his role; Robbins' ballet The cage; Frederick Ashton including his ballet The dream; Balanchine's ballet Midsummer night's dream; Balanchine's ballet Don Quixote including Moncion's experience dancing the title role; Moncion's ballet Pastorale; his ballet Les biches [one of four ballets with the collective title of Jazz concert]; Panamerica [the collective title of seven works including Moncion's ballet Choros no. 7]; Lincoln Kirstein [ends abruptly].Content: Streaming audio file 4, Interview with Violette Verdy, October 12, 1974 (approximately 42 minutes). Violette Verdy speaks with Charles Engell France about dancing in George Balanchine's ballet Western symphony; his ballet Gounod symphony; his Theme and variations including Gelsey Kirkland's technically-perfect performance; his ballet Donizetti variations; his ballet La sonnambula [Night shadow]; his ballet Allegro brillante; Jerome Robbins' musicality including as compared with that of Balanchine; Robbins' ballet The Goldberg variations as an example of his problem-solving approach to music; working with Robbins, in particular his tendency to choreograph a role on one dancer and later cast a different one; his ballet In the night.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 3 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair to poor in streaming files 1-3, and good in streaming file 4. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and short gaps.
DescriptionInterview with Francisco Moncion conducted by Nancy Reynolds (streaming audio files 1-3; approximately two hours and 16 minutes) on May 8, 1974, for her book, Repertory in review: 40 years of the New York City Ballet (New York: Dial Press, 1977); and interview with Violette Verdy conducted by Charles Engell France (streaming audio file 4; approximately 42 minutes) on October 12, 1974.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 939552142NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20893912Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5b6afec0-c316-0133-d206-60f81dd2b63c
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