Interview with Yurek Lazowsky, 1978
NamesLazowsky, Yurek (Interviewee)Hunt-Nishi, Marilyn (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-08-15Date Created: 1978-09-13
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-422
TopicsLazowsky, Yurek -- InterviewsMassine, Leonide, 1896-1979Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942Chase, Lucia, 1897-1986Grigorʹev, S. L. (Sergeĭ Leonidovich), 1883-1968De Mille, AgnesBallet Russe de Monte CarloBallet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)American Ballet TheatreThree virgins and a devil (Choreographic work : De Mille)Petrouchka (Choreographic work : Fokine)
NotesContent: Interview with Yurek Lazowsky conducted by Marilyn Hunt on August 15, and September 13, 1978 at his home in Wantagh, New York, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.Additional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-422.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall but the recording is marred by "tape hiss."Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Marilyn Hunt for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1978, August 15 and September 13 Wantaugh (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: 3 audio cassettes (approximately 3 hr., 9 min.) ; polyester; quarter-track; 1.875 ips
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, August 15, 1978 (approximately 48 minutes). Yurek Lazowsky speaks with Marilyn Hunt about his family background and early dance training in Warsaw, Poland; his description of himself as a demi-caractere dancer rather than as a true character dancer; Michel Fokine's ballet Russian soldier; his approach to Petrouchka; his leaving Poland at age 17 to dance for Ida Rubinstein's company; how he came to teach; his work in television; choreographers who worked for Ida Rubinstein's company [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 , August 15, 1978 (approximately 22 minutes). Yurek Lazowsky speaks with Marilyn Hunt about Col. de Basil including the origin of his name; Serge Grigoriev and casting; Leonide Massine including his revising of Michel Fokine's work and his approach to revivals of his own work;Streaming audio file 3, September 13, 1978 (approximately 47 minutes). Yurek Lazowsky speaks with Marilyn Hunt about Col. de Basil's company [the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo] and the labor strike in Havana, Cuba; negotiating with Alicia Alonso about the use of costumes; leaving the company and joining Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre]; the repertoire of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo including more on Leonide Massine and his choreography; working with Massine; Massine as a person including an anecdote about getting him drunk [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 4].Streaming audio file 4, September 13, 1978 (approximately 47 minutes). Yurek Lazowsky speaks with Marilyn Hunt about Leonide Massine; Antony Tudor as a choreographer; his impressions of Agnes de Mille including a rehearsal anecdote; the revival of an excerpt of De Mille's Three virgins and a devil for Ballet Theatre, including a number of anecdotes; Lucia Chase; his impressions of Michel Fokine [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 5].Streaming audio file 5, September 13, 1978 (approximately 25 minutes). Yurek Lazowsky speaks with Marilyn Hunt about working with Michel Fokine; Fokine as a person including his superstitiousness, his uxoriousness, and his quick temper; Fokine's ballet Petrouchka including Leonide Massine's revisions and an anecdote about Alexandra Danilova.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 37122381NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118221Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1dca3800-78be-0136-ba23-1d865d9828b9
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