Interview with Patricia Wilde, 1978

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Interview with Patricia Wilde, 1978
Wilde, Patricia, 1928- (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-01-13
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-791
Tallchief, Maria
Bruhn, Erik, 1928-1986
Balanchine, George
Wilde, Patricia, 1928-
American Ballet Theatre
Kungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)
Panamerica (Choreographic work)
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1978, January 13 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.
Acquisition: Gift John Gruen
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 46 minutes). Patricia Wilde speaks with John Gruen about Erik Bruhn during his time at New York City Ballet; Bruhn in George Balanchine's Preludios para percusión (one of the ballets comprising Panamerica); an anecdote about rehearsing Balanchine's Symphony in C with Bruhn; Balanchine's attitude towards Bruhn; Bruhn as a partner, for example in Balanchine's Divertimento no. 15; the respective experiences of André Eglevsky and Peter Martins at the company compared to that of Bruhn; more on Preludios para percusión; the American Ballet Theatre tour in Russia [the former Soviet Union] including the relationship between Bruhn and Maria Tallchief; Gruen speaks about Tallchief's introducing Rudolf Nureyev to Bruhn; Wilde continues to speak about Tallchief's behavior on the American Ballet Theatre tour; Tallchief's partnership with Bruhn on stage; working with the Royal Swedish Ballet [Kungliga Baletten (Stockholm, Sweden)]; [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 21 minutes). Patricia Wilde continues to speak with John Gruen about the Royal Swedish Ballet including dramatic ballets as its strength; some of Erik Bruhn's recent roles including character roles; the school [at American Ballet Theatre; now the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School]; teaching [ends abruptly].
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 7 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise.
Interview with Patricia Wilde conducted by John Gruen on January 13, 1978, in New York City, as research for his book, Erik Bruhn: danseur noble (Viking Press, New York, 1979).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 82708492
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118653
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3b3b2c00-7960-0136-b46c-057f215574ad
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Patricia Wilde" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Patricia Wilde" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 26, 2020.

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Interview with Patricia Wilde