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Interview with Ivan Nagy, 1978

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Interview with Ivan Nagy, 1978
Nagy, Ivan, 1943-2014 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-06-01
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-822
Nagy, Ivan, 1943-2014
American Ballet Theatre
Male dancers
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1978, June 1 New York (New York)
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 Walter Terry
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 39 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Ivan Nagy speaks with Walter Terry about his decision to retire from dancing; his relationship with American Ballet Theatre including his discussions with Lucia Chase regarding his last season; how he feels about his career in retrospect; post-retirement plans including his determination not to return to dancing, even character roles; his thoughts about coaching and teaching; possible programs and partners for his farewell performance.
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 41 minutes). Ivan Nagy speaks with Walter Terry about his intent to continue taking class after retirement; his children and how he feels about their dancing; some rising (and established) male ballet dancers; ego and dancing, particularly in a pas de deux; his dissatisfaction with Antony Tudor; roles he would have liked to have danced; his thoughts on dancing in Hungary; more on why he does not want to dance (professionally) once he retires.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 20 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Ivan Nagy conducted by Walter Terry in New York City, on June 1, 1978, primarily regarding his upcoming retirement.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 954589787
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118650
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0f9dd360-7960-0136-336a-25b2b3b22662
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The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1943: Creator Born
  • 1978: Created
  • 2014: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ivan Nagy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ivan Nagy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 26, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1978). Interview with Ivan Nagy Retrieved from

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Interview with Ivan Nagy