Interview with Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven Lindgren
NamesBalanchine, George (Choreographer)Lindgren, Robert (Interviewee)Tyven, Sonja (Interviewee)Garafola, Lynn (Interviewer)Zorina, Vera (Dancer)George Balanchine Foundation (Presenter)
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2001-08-22
Table of ContentsDisc 1 (107 min.). Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven Lindgren speak with Lynn Garafola about performing in the 1954 Broadway revival of On your toes and working with George Balanchine; Lindgren and Tyven speak about their dance backgrounds and careers leading up to this production including performing with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Ballet Theatre; how they both met Balanchine; remembering and hearing about the original production of On your toes; remembering the rehearsals on the theater stage and Balanchine's expectations; speaking about the final week of rehearsals with Balanchine and being dismissed from rehearsals due to lack of sets/props; Garafola showing Lindgren and Tyven a photograph of the costumes for Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and the so-called watermelon girls; Garafola mentions the contradiction of the Slaughter number originally having only four ballet dancers and asks if the tap dancers were included also; the colors of the costumes; Lindgren tells a story about Jimmy Hammerstein asking him to audition for Bobby Van's understudy and how awful it went; Lindgren speaks about working with Balanchine's tap assistant George Church during Quiet night and On your toes numbers; Balanchine giving direction for Quiet night and Church choreographing it; how Lindgren learned to tap dance; being afraid to wear actual tap shoes in rehearsals until Balanchine brought in his own shoes for Lindgren to wear; watching excerpts from the 1939 movie, On your toes with Vera Zorina, and commenting on the similarities and differences to the 1954 Broadway revival; sections shown include opening with credits, first number which was cut from revival, Scheherazade, Princess Zenobia Ballet, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; Balanchine setting movement quickly and almost never changing anything; Balanchine changing sections of choreographic works for different companies which included the hoop dance in Nutcracker; Garafola playing the music for Quiet night while Lindgren and Tyven comment on this music; being given new lyrics and needing to quickly learn for the show. |||| Disc 2 (ca. 91 min.). Lindgren and Tyven speak about the big production number in On your toes including the costumes and breakdown of the tap and ballet competition, and how the scene ended; Garafola reads what Lillian(?) D'Honau remembered about choreography and costumes; quick costume changes for Slaughter number; Paula Lloyd's recollections of tap dancers going around them; Garafola showing two photocopies of photographs with chorus and with Timmy Everett and Paula Lloyd; Tyven speaks about attending dinner party with Anges de Mille; memories of Karinska attending rehearsals; Balanchine showing interest in costumes and shortening Afternoon of a faun skirt for Maria Tallchief and other costume changes he made; seeing how costumes changed from Paris and New York performances for Danses concertantes; salary for On your toes being approx. 90 dollars with half pay for rehearsals, and an extra 5 dollars for speaking lines; Garafola reads a list of performers in the show and Lindgren and Tyven comment on their looks, ballet technique, and memories; performers listed include Lillian and Marilyn D'Honau, Katia Geneznova, Carolyn George, Marilyn Hale, George Churge, Dorene Kilmer, Helen Gramer, Sigyn, Ruth Sobotka, Wendy Winn, Timmy Everett, John Nola, Nicholas Orloff; Tyven and Lindgren speak about their careers working with Balanchine and which of his works they performed; Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein's relationship; thoughts about the revival closing so early and what they did after the show closed including how they left from Ballet Theatre [Ends abruptly].
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7314
TopicsBalanchine, GeorgeLindgren, RobertTyven, SonjaChurch, George, 1912-2000Zorina, VeraBallet Russe de Monte CarloBallet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)Musicals. On your toes
NotesVenue: Videotaped during an interview at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, N.C., on Aug. 22, 2001.Acquisition: Gift; George Balanchine Foundation. NN-PDContent: Last 2 minutes of reel 1 and last 7 minutes of reel 2 are static
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 2 videocassettes (Hi8) (207 min.) sound, color ; 8 mmAudio problems; buzzing.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19683806Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): eeb570d0-f79a-0130-1375-3c075448cc4b
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