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Interview with Ivan Nagy, 1977

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Interview with Ivan Nagy, 1977
Nagy, Ivan, 1943-2014 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-05
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-823
Nagy, Ivan, 1943-2014
Male dancers
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Statement of responsibility: Recorded by Walter Terry 1977, May 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 47 minutes). Walter Terry speaks with Ivan Nagy about interviewing dancers for his book [Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978)]; Nagy speaks about how he creates the character he is dancing; working with Gelsey Kirkland on her first Swan lake; more on creating character, including as Iago in José Limón's The moor's pavane; his own technical abilities; gender roles and ballet; the stamina required for dancing in modern ballet as compared to classical works; partnering, including with Margot Fonteyn, Carla [Fracci], Natalia Markova, Cynthia Gregory, and Gelsey Kirkland; how he feels when he is dancing on his own, without a partner [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 3 minutes). Ivan Nagy speaks with Walter Terry about how his personal life has enhanced his ability to infuse his roles with character on stage.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 50 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Ivan Nagy conducted by Walter Terry in New York City, in May, 1977, as part of the research for his book, Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81293204
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118684
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0ad7c2b0-7960-0136-8206-07eeabffd841
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Item timeline of events

  • 1943: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 2014: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Ivan Nagy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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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 22, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Interview with Ivan Nagy Retrieved from

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Interview with Ivan Nagy