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Interview with Alicia Markova, 1975

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Interview with Alicia Markova, 1975
Markova, Alicia, Dame, 1910-2004 (Interviewee)
Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-10-13
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC3-519 (former)
Dame, Markova, Alicia, 1910-2004
Nijinska, Bronislava, 1891-1972
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Tudor, Antony, 1909-1987
Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988
Venue: Recorded by David Vaughan October 13, 1975 New York (N.Y.).
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Division of the New York Public Library as well as 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.
Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 45 minutes). Alicia Markova speaks with David Vaughan about her performing career beginning with the Ballets russes; some of her roles including Odette in Swan lake and the Nightingale [in George Balanchine's Le rossignol]; her teachers, including [Enrico] Cecchetti and Nicolas Legat; the typical corps de ballet dancer's technique then as compared with now; additional roles she learned while at the Ballets russes; Bronislava Nijinska as a teacher and as a choreographer including works she staged for the Markova-Dolin company; working with Leonide Massine including his ballet Rouge et noir and Seventh symphony; other choreographers who created works for her including Antony Tudor and Frederick Ashton [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 33 minutes). Alicia Markova continues to speak with David Vaughan about her performing career including learning the role of Coppélia [while on tour with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo]; her current activities including her master classes; coaching; Ashton's work Les rendez-vous; Kyra Nijinsky's version of Mephisto valse including as distinguished from Ashton's work of the same title; Ashton's later version entitled Vision of Marguerite [the final approximate eight minutes of this streaming file consists of extraneous, recorded music and unrelated commentary read aloud].
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 18 min.) : polyester; quarter-track
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss," and the voice of the interviewee, Alicia Markova, is often soft. However, for the most part, she is easily intelligible.
Interview with Alicia Markova conducted by David Vaughan on October 13, 1975 in London, England, as research for a Dance Magazine article entitled Conversations with Markova (June 1977, pages 56-62).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 79783151
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118286
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 85e04e10-b2a9-0133-dc4e-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1910: Creator Born
  • 1975: Created
  • 2004: Creator Died
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Alicia Markova" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Alicia Markova" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 6, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1975). Interview with Alicia Markova Retrieved from

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Interview with Alicia Markova