Interview with Audrey Keane [Hill]

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Interview with Audrey Keane [Hill]
Balanchine, George (Choreographer)
Keane, Audrey. (Interviewee)
Hardy, Camille (Interviewer)
George Balanchine Foundation (Presenter)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2002-08-23
Table of Contents
Disc 1 (41 min.). Audrey Keane Hill discusses performing in the Broadway musical Courtin' time; her training while growing up in Jackson Heights, going to Manhattan for culture and training, dancing professionally with her idol Mia Slavenska at age 17; how Keane Hill learned about the audition for Courtin' time; the rehearsal process with George Balanchine; Balanchine shaping the dance score by developing the music with Dorothea Freitag (pianist); discussing the numbers: Today at your house tomorrow at mine, the Wishbone song and waltz, Choose your partner, Garden party scene, Johnny and the puckwudgies. Camille Hardy reads the lyrics for Johnny Ride the sky and talks about Balanchine teaching Carl Stevens to climb the rope; and how Keane Hill never counted while dancing, she just listened to the music.
Disc 2 (41 min.). Continues with Johnny and the puckwudgies; how Keane Hill felt about dancing a Balanchine ballet; why Balanchine made her dance captain; Balanchine teaching class in Philadelphia; Alfred Drakes performances as replacement in Philadelphia for Lloyd Nolan; interaction between Drake (staging) and Balanchine; what Keane Hill did as dance captain for Courtin' time; the most important thing she learned from Balanchine; performing with Edward Andrews (Tommy [Thomas] Andrew) in Courtin' time and at The Met; how Courtin' time changed with Joe E. Brown in leading role after Lloyd Nolan left; qualities she learned from Balanchine; working with Balanchine again for Boris Godunov at The Met; three photographs shown: Balanchine and Keane Hall looking at Boris Godunov score, Keane Hill in 1956 summer stock Call me madam solo, and posing in the Karinska tutu personally made for her to wear during various solo performances; her sweetest memory of Courtin' time and final comments about Balanchine and the show.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7311
Balanchine, George
Slavenska, Mia
Nolan, Lloyd
Drake, Alfred, 1914-1992
Brown, Joe E. (Joe Evan), 1892-1973
Musicals. Courtin' time
Keane, Audrey
Filmed interviews
Statement of responsibility: interviewed by Camille Hardy ; [presented by] The George Balanchine Foundation.
Performers: Interviewee, Audrey Keane Hill; interviewer, Camille Hardy.
Venue: Videotaped during an interview at Audrey Keane Hill's home in Snead's Ferry, N.C., on Aug. 23, 2002.
Original version: Original format: 2 DV-CAM cassettes.
Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation. NN-PD
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (DVCam) (82 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19683028
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7abc0430-f871-0130-2a8e-3c075448cc4b
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Interview with Audrey Keane [Hill]