Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977

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Title
Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977
Names
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)
Anderson, Jack, 1935- (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977-07-29
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-8
Topics
Franklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 -- Interviews
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997
Balanchine, George
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Night shadow (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Vienna waltzes (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Spectre de la rose (Choreographic work : Fokine)
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Sound quality is very good except for occasional extraneous noise.
Content: Interview with Frederic Franklin conducted by Jack Anderson on July 29, in 1977, probably in New York City. Another person is present who occasionally participates in the conversation.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Jack Anderson July 29, 1977 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 2 hours and 44 minutes); polyester; half-track; 3.75 ips; 7 in.
Description
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Frederic Franklin speaks with Jack Anderson about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including his joining the company in 1937 at the invitation of Leonide Massine; his camaraderie with the Russian dancers; his being cast in some of George Zoritch's roles; working with Leonide Massine; Alexandra Danilova; his relationship with Massine including Franklin's admiration and respect for him; the 1939 tour; his favorite Massine ballets including St. Francis [Nobilissima visione]; Massine's place in ballet history including possible reasons for his works' later loss of popularity; some of Massine's less successful ballets including Saratoga; Eugenia Delarova's positive artistic influence on Massine; Massine's departure from the company; the mutual enmities among Bronislava Nijinska, Massine, and George Balanchine; having to learn a new style in order to dance Agnes de Mille's Rodeo; Franklin's becoming accustomed to Americana ballets, from Rodeo to [Valerie Bettis'] Streetcar named Desire; the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's contribution to the popularity of ballet in the United States; the success of their tours; Nina Novak [ends abruptly but continues directly on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 46 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks about the closing of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and his subsequent reviving of 18 ballets for Sergei Denham; his partnership with Alexandra Danilova including her theatricality; George Balanchine's role in making Franklin a maitre de ballet with the company; Balanchine's revitalizing of the company with his ballets; the hiring of Leonide Massine for a position that apparently had been promised to Balanchine; Serge Lifar including an anecdote about performing with him in Giselle and the aftermath; rivalries in the company including an incident concerning Alicia Markova's tutu [short gap at approximately 32 minutes]; Balanchine's casting of American dancers at the company in his ballets; his ballet Mozartizana; other ballets by Balanchine in which Franklin danced while in the company including Grand adagio (a pas de deux set to music now used in The nutcracker); La sonnambula [NIghtshadow], including Alexandra Danilova's reluctance to dance the role of the sleepwalker; Franklin's later staging of Balanchine's ballets, in a more dramatic style; the original version of Serenade, Balanchine's Baiser de la fée [ends abruptly];Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 52 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Frederic Franklin speaks to Jack Anderson about rehearsing a ballet [not identified] by George Balanchine with Alexandra Danilova; his good relations with the Russian company members; touring; anecdotes about Hollywood personalties including Ginger [Rogers]; the vast improvement in working conditions for ballet dancers since his touring days; the difficulty in determining the ideal frequency of performances; dancers' injuries; rooming with Balanchine during World War II; more on touring, in particular on maintaining an elegant appearance off stage; various dancers in the company with limited potential; his belief that the audience deserves to be entertained; Nina Novak including an anecdote about her brother [ends abruptly but continues directly on streaming audio file 4].Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 14 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks to Jack Anderson about [Michel] Fokine's Spectre de la rose including his dislike of this ballet; the ballet Les elves; his impressions of Fokine; his impressions of Antonia Cobas; discussion of George Balanchine's Vienna waltzes.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 1091193948
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118681
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e55400a0-5313-0137-feab-0554d2be5ca3
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1914: Creator Born
  • 1977: Created
  • 2013: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/82173450-3ba6-0134-aff4-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 20, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/82173450-3ba6-0134-aff4-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977 Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/82173450-3ba6-0134-aff4-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Frederic Franklin, 1977