Interview with Serge Lifar, 1978
NamesLifar, Serge, 1905-1986 (Interviewee)Harris, Dale, 1928-1996 (Interviewer)Bowers, Theresa (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-11-17
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-736
TopicsDiaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986 -- InterviewsBallets russesOpéra de Paris. Ballet
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see *MGZMT 3-736.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Theresa Bowers and Dale Harris 1978, November 17 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.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 3 audio cassettes (approximately 3 hr., 11 min.) ; quarter-track; 1.875 ips
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 33 minutes) and streaming audio file 2 (approximately 33 minutes). Serge Lifar discusses his family background; World War I; his entrance into the ballet classes of Bronislava Nijinska in Kiev; joining the Ballets russes; Diaghilev's early artistic efforts; Paris triumph; the revolution in ballet.Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 33 minutes) and streaming audio file 4 (approximately 33 minutes). Serge Lifar speaks about the repertoire of the Ballets russes; the "earth-bound" character period of the Ballets russes (Massine, Nijinsky, and the continuation of the tradition in the work of Béjart); his own training; studying with Cecchetti; Diaghilev's death; becoming director of the Paris Opéra Ballet.Streaming audio file 5 (approximately 32 minutes) and streaming audio file 6 (approximately 27 minutes). Serge Lifar discusses his views on choreography; World War II; Hitler's reception at the Paris Opéra; Paris Opéra Ballet after the war.Interview with Serge Lifar conducted by Theresa Bowers and Dale Harris on November 17, 1978, for the Oral History Project of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center [formerly the Library and Museum for the Performing Arts], in New York (N.Y.). The interview is conducted in the French language.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 78818364NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118609Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): aedd6130-76fd-0136-b967-0f16f7be612b
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