Interview with Betty Oliphant, 1977
NamesOliphant, Betty, 1918-2004 (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-11-17
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-780
TopicsBruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Oliphant, Betty, 1918-2004Franca, Celia, 1921-2007National Ballet School (Canada)Kungliga Svenska BalettskolanKungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)Dance teachers
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, November 17 Toronto (Ont.)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 John GruenContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Betty Oliphant speaks with John Gruen about her background and training including her teacher [Tamara] Karsavina; her early career as a dancer, arranger, and teacher including her work in popular entertainment and the opening of her own school when she was 18; her civilian service during World War II; her marriage and children; moving to Canada and restarting her career; teaching at and managing her school while working as the ballet mistress at the National Ballet of Canada; the curriculum at the National Ballet of Canada school and the teachers; Erik Bruhn as an artist; Celia Franca and her relationship with Bruhn [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 43 minutes). Betty Oliphant speaks with John Gruen about Celia Franca and Erik Bruhn as well as her own relationship with Franca; her time as associate director of the National Ballet of Canada including the internal power struggles; Bruhn's staging of Swan lake for the company; Alexander Grant and his directorship of the company; reorganizing the Royal Swedish Ballet School [Kungliga Svenska Balettskolan] while Bruhn was director of the Royal Swedish Ballet [Kungliga Baletten]; how Bruhn is coping with his retirement from his dancing; their continuing friendship.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 29 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and occasional short gaps.
DescriptionInterview with Betty Oliphant conducted by John Gruen on November 17, 1977, in Toronto, Canada, as research for his book Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80416952NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118704Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 61f59cb0-7960-0136-9547-0bd633a7c9e5
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