Interview with Tanaquil Le Clercq, 1974
NamesLe Clercq, Tanaquil (Interviewee)France, Charles Engell (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1974
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3326
TopicsLe Clercq, TanaquilTallchief, MariaBalanchine, GeorgeTudor, Antony, 1908-1987Robbins, JeromeNew York City BalletBallet Society (New York, N.Y.)Divertimento (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Western symphony (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Ivesiana (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Opus 34 (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Jardin aux lilas (Choreographic work : Tudor)Highland fling (Choreographic work : Dollar)Seasons (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Symphonie concertante (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Symphony in C (Choreographic work : Balanchine)Time table (Choreographic work : Tudor)Metamorphoses (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Charles Engell France 1974Funding: 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 Jowitt, DeborahContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Tanaquil Le Clercq speaks with Charles Engell France about how she came to study at the School of American Ballet; her time at Ballet Society [predecessor company of New York City Ballet] including her role as the princess in Balanchine's ballet The spellbound child [Enfant et les sortilèges]; Balanchine's ballet Elégie; his ballet The four temperaments including the costumes; his ballet Divertimento; John Taras' ballet Minotaur; Todd Bolender's ballet Zodiac; William Dollar's ballet Highland fling; dancing in Merce Cunningham's work Seasons; Lew Christensen's ballet Blackface; Balanchine's ballet Symphonie concertante; briefly, Maria Tallchief in Todd Bolender's Capricorn concerto; Balanchine's ballet The triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne; Balanchine's ballet Symphony in C including the balances in the original version [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 44 minutes). Tanaquil Le Clercq speaks with Charles Engell France about Balanchine's ballets Baiser de la fée and Orpheus; Balanchine's classes; his ballets Concerto barocco and Ondine; Jerome Robbins' ballets The guests and The age of anxiety; working with Robbins; his ballet Afternoon of a faun; Frederick Ashton and his ballet Illuminations; Balanchine's and Robbins' ballet Jones Beach; Balanchine's ballet La valse [Valses nobles et sentimentales]; dancing in Swan lake [Balanchine after Ivanov]; Balanchine's ballet Apollo; Antony Tudor's ballet Time table.Content: Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 40 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Tanaquil Le Clercq speaks with Charles Engell France about Antony Tudor's ballet Time table; his ballet Lilac garden [Jardin aux lilas]; her most difficult roles; more on dancing in Swan lake; Jerome Robbins' ballet The pied piper; Margot Fonteyn in Balanchine's Ballet imperial [Tschaikovsky concerto no. 2]; Balanchine's ballets Ballade; Caracole; Metamorphoses; Opus 34; Ivesiana; Roma; and Western Symphony; Maria Tallchief [gap]; his ballets Pas de deux  and Concertino.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 2 hr., 11 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by "tape hiss."
DescriptionInterview with Tanaquil Le Clercq conducted by Charles Engell France in 1974, possibly on behalf of Nancy Reynolds, as research for her book, Repertory in review: 40 years of the New York City Ballet (New York: Dial Press, 1977).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 939685044NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20895232Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bdc70e00-c316-0133-d188-60f81dd2b63c
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