Interview with Paul Sutherland, 1979
NamesSutherland, Paul, 1935- (Interviewee)Hunt-Nishi, Marilyn (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1979-01-24 - 1979-04-26
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-706
TopicsBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Chase, Lucia, 1897-1986Dollar, WilliamFeld, EliotHarkness, Rebekah West, -1982Joffrey, RobertPushkin, Aleksandr (Aleksandr Ivanovich), 1907-1970Rhodes, LawrenceRobbins, JeromeTudor, Antony, 1908-1987Williams, Stanley, 1925-1997Zomosa, MaximilianoArpino, GeraldSutherland, Paul, 1935- -- InterviewsAmerican Ballet TheatreHarkness BalletJoffrey BalletInterplay (Choreographic work : Robbins)Fille mal gardée (Choreographic work : Nault)Reflections (Choreographic work : Arpino)Petrouchka (Choreographic work : Fokine)
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interviews, see *MGZMT 3-706.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Marilyn Hunt 1979, January 24 - April 26 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 12 audio cassettes (approximately 18 hours); quarter-track; 1.875 ips
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 2 (approximately 44 minutes), January 24, 1979. [Begins abruptly.] Paul Sutherland speaks with Marilyn Hunt about his job as ballet master with the Joffrey Ballet; training with William Dollar; Rebekah Harkness; the first Joffrey ballet company; American Ballet Theatre; Lucia Chase; his own philosophy of life.Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 4 (approximately 48 minutes), January 25, 1979. Paul Sutherland discusses Antony Tudor as a teacher and choreographer; Interplay (Robbins); La fille mal gardée (Nault); Reflections (Arpino); Maximilian Zomosa; and Eliot Feld.Streaming audio file 5 (approximately 47 minutes) and streaming audio file 6 (approximately 47 minutes), January 25 and 26, 1979. Paul Sutherland continues to speak about Eliot Feld; As time goes by (Tharp); Leonide Massine; Petrouchka (Fokine); and Erik Bruhn.Streaming audio file 7 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 8 (approximately 48 minutes), January 26 and April 9, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about the difficult transition dancers face when they stop dancing; his family's attitude towards his career; joining American Ballet Theatre; Lucia Chase; Miss Julie (Cullberg).Streaming audio file 9 ( 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 10 (38 minutes), April 9, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks further about Miss Julie; Fancy free (Robbins); dancers' response to criticism; Petrouchka; more about the job of ballet master.Streaming audio file 11 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 12 (approximately 40 minutes), April 11, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about the early years of the Joffrey Ballet; American Ballet Theatre's 1960 Russian tour; other Russian tours; taking class with Aleksandr Pushkin.Streaming audio file 13 (approximately 47 minutes) and streaming audio file 14 (approximately 47 minutes), April 12, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about Aleksandr Pushkin's class; the Soviet technique and system of training; Robert Joffrey; Stanley Williams.Streaming audio file 15 (approximately 46 minutes) and streaming audio file 16 (approximately 46 minutes), April 12 and 16, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about the Harkness Ballet; Gerald Arpino; Konservatoriet (Bournonville); various roles with American Ballet Theatre.Streaming audio file 17 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 18 (approximately 48 minutes), April 16 and 24, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about La sylphide; American Ballet Theatre's 1966 Russian tour; the Harkness Ballet; Lawrence Rhodes; Benjamin Harkavy; partnering; the break-up of the Harkness Ballet.Streaming audio file 19 (approximately 47 minutes) and streaming audio file 20 (approximately 45 minutes), April 24, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about his role as ballet master; Pineapple poll (Cranko); Robert Joffrey; the attitudes of today's dancers.Streaming audio file 21 (approximately 47 minutes) and streaming audio file 22 (approximately 47 minutes), April 26, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about setting a ballet on a company; Frederick Ashton's ballets; Anthony Dowell; conducting rehearsals; the Joffrey Ballet's 1971 tour of England and 1974 Russian tourStreaming audio file 23 (approximately 48 minutes) and streaming audio file 24 (approximately 8 minutes), April 26, 1979. Paul Sutherland speaks about the problems of touring in politically volatile countries.Interview with Paul Sutherland conducted by Marilyn Hunt on January 24, 25, and 26, and on April 9, 11, 12, 16, 24, and 26, 1979, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, in New York (N.Y.).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82341750NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118550Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 851a8330-76fd-0136-db66-43eb693a722e
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