Interview with Frederic Franklin, Part 6 of 7: October 22 and 27, 1981
NamesFranklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 (Interviewee)Conway, Peter, 1929 July 18- (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Captured: 1981-10-22Date Captured: 1981-10-27
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1095
TopicsFranklin, Frederic, 1914-2013 -- InterviewsDanilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997Arova, SoniaFonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991Burr, Marilyn, 1933-Fuentes, Luis HBallet Russe de Monte CarloSlavenska-Franklin BalletCincinnati BalletNational Ballet (Washington, D.C.)Streetcar named desire (Choreographic work : Bettis)Mikado (Choreographic work : Cobos)Etalage (Choreographic work : Franklin)
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 5-1095.Source note: Interview with Frederic Franklin conducted by Peter Conway for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Oral History Project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, on October 22, 23 and 27, 1981. Part 1 (April 30 and May 1, 1979), Part 2 (May 7 and 8, 1979), Part 3 (May 11 and 18, 1979), Part 4 (October 24 and 25, 1979), Part 5 (October 9, 12, and 22, 1981), and Part 7 (November 3 and 5, 1981) are cataloged separately.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good overall.Venue: Recorded by Peter Conway for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts October 22, 23 and 27 New York (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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 3 hr., 13 min.); polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, October 22 and 23 (?), 1981 (approximately one hour and 36 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about Antonia Cobos' ballet The mute wife including Nina Novak's excellent performance in it; Franklin's and Alexandra Danilova's departure from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and their South African tour; the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet including Valerie Bettis' creating of A streetcar named Desire for the company; Jamie Bauer; the tour in Japan; the dissolution of the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet and Franklin's return to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; the company during the 1950s; the star dancers including Maria Tallchief, and the repertoire including Antonia Cobos' Mikado; the investigation of foreign dancers by the House Un-American Activities Committee; the formation of the National Ballet, Washington, D.C. and its first performance; Franklin's ballets Etalage and Tribute; company members including Sonia Arova, Ivan Nagy, and Marilyn Burr; the financial difficulties and dissolution of the company; anecdotes about his time with the National Ballet including the lecture-demonstrations at the local schools [at approximately 85:50 minutes, there is a break, and the October 23 (?), 1981 session begins]. Franklin speaks with Conway about dancers at the National Ballet including Arova; Jean Riddell's hands-off approach to Franklin's artistic direction; the Cincinnati Ballet as an exemplar of a well-run company.Streaming audio file 2, October 27, 1981(approximately one hour and 37 minutes). Frederic Franklin speaks with Peter Conway about Sonia Arova including her brief time with the Washington Ballet [National Ballet]; other company members including Marilyn Burr, Roni Mahler, and Ivan Nagy including an anecdote about his role in Le combat; the hierarchical casting at the Paris Opera Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet], as compared with the National Ballet; more on the dancers at the National Ballet; Margot Fonteyn including her frequent guest appearances as well as numerous anecdotes; Reese Haworth and Susan Casey; the staging of Jack Carter's work The witch boy on the company; Luis Fuentes; Mikhail Messerer and the Russian version of the grand pas de deux from The sleeping beauty; Erik Bruhn's focusing on the Prince and his mother in his version of Swan lake; other dancers including Gaye Fulton and Carmen Mate.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 994689013NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21304274Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 23ec6190-c7d4-0135-781e-71ee6c67a0d9
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