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Irina Baronova interviewed by Lee Christofis [sound recording]
Bib ID 3911007
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Baronova, Irina, 1919-2008, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 
4 sound files (ca. 185 min) 
Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Irina Baronova, born 1919, in Petrograd, speaks about her family history; the Russian revolution and the effects on her family; ballet classes; seeing her first ballet performance; moving to Paris; her teachers, Imperial Ballet; Olga Preobrajenska, her teaching methods; ballet mothers, Mama Toumanova; the term 'baby ballerinas'; touring, London, Paris; diets; friendships; marriage; socialising with famous people; her workload, performing 9 times a week; Wassily de Basil; Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Australia tour (1938) with the Covent Garden Russian ballet; WWII; her reaction to Australia, environment, audience reactions; Anna Volkova, Anna Barnes; Royal Academy of Dance; Maina Gielgud; Australian Ballet; company members who remained in Australia, Kira Bousloff and Edouard Borovansky; audience favourites, other repertoire and choreographers; press and criticism, critics' expectations of Ballets Russes dancing; U.S.A. tour; J.C. Williamsons

Baronova discusses working conditions; her education; her introduction to repertoire and choreographers early in her career; George Balanchine; restaging Les Sylphides (2006) for Revolutions program; working with Michel Fokine; Vaslav Nijinsky; Leonide Massine and the symphonic ballets; notable features of Massine's choreographic style; the abstract ballets 'Choreartium' and 'Les Presages'; the success of 'Symphonie fantastique' as a narrative ballet; Nina Verchinina; influences on the choreography of David Lichine, and the importance of a knowledge of music and art to choreography; Antal Dorati and other conductors for the Ballets Russes including Efrem Kurtz; Sir Thomas Beecham; audience reaction to the Ballets Russes extensive repertoire; her feelings on first joining the company; Tamara Karsavina.

Notes

Recorded on February 2 & 3, 2007 at Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and uncorrected transcript (82 leaves) 
Subjects Baronova, Irina, - 1919- 2008 - Interviews.  |  Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil - History.  |  Covent Garden Russian Ballet - History.  |  Ballerinas - Interview.
Occupation Ballet dancers.
Other authors/contributors Christofis, Lee, 1948-, Interviewer

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