Interview with Violette Verdy, 1977
NamesVerdy, Violette, 1933-2016 (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-07-12
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-789
TopicsVerdy, Violette, 1933-Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986Dupond, Patrick, 1959-Opéra de Paris. BalletAmerican Ballet Theatre
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1977, July 12 Paris (France)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 47 minutes). Following John Gruen's introductory remarks, Violette Verdy speaks with Gruen about her first impressions of Erik Bruhn, in particular, his classicism; dancing with Bruhn for the first time; becoming better acquainted with Bruhn, at American Ballet Theatre; his generosity to other dancers; his perfectionism including how this has both benefited and hurt him; Bruhn in Birgit Cullberg's ballet Miss Julie; Bruhn's coaching of her in Miss Julie; some aspects of Bruhn's character; touring with American Ballet Theatre; some of her roles with the company; her current relationship with Bruhn; Bruhn as a character dancer, including the lack of appropriate material for him; her current position, director of the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet] including the political intrigues at the time she was appointed [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 20 minutes). Violette Verdy continues to speak about the Paris Opéra Ballet including the difficult situation at the time she was appointed director; the on-going negotiations regarding her contract; Rolf Liebermann and the approaching end of his tenure as director of the Paris Opéra; the two candidates for his position; the young dancer Patrick Dupond.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good.
DescriptionInterview with Violette Verdy conducted by John Gruen on July 12, 1977 in Paris, France as research for his book, Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979). Following the discussion of Bruhn, Gruen speaks with Verdy about her position as the director of the Paris Opéra Ballet [Opéra de Paris Ballet] as research for a possible journal article.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82097672NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118655Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 455f5c30-7960-0136-6263-6770cbf8ccbb
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