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Kiril Vassilkovsky interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]
Bib ID 3791501
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Vassilkovsky, Kiril, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, written permission is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2006 
1 sound file (ca. 82 min.) 
Summary

Kiril Vassilkovsky born 1919, in Latvia, talks about his family background; his childhood in Latvia; childhood in England where his family moved when he was four years of age; his early involvement in ballet; being taught by Marie Rambert and Igor Schwetzoff; financial arrangements and dancing for Igor Schwetzoff; auditioning for Col. De Basil; being engaged by De Basil to tour Australia for the 1939/40 tour by Ballet Russes; rehearsals on the ship to Australia; Serge Lifar; David Lichine; dancing "The Drummer" in "Graduation Ball" with the Borovansky Ballet; the dancers who made up the original Ballet Russes; first impressions of Australia; the Sydney Season and a trip to The Blue Mountains; accommodation in Sydney; Serge Grigorieff; social and working life for Ballet Russes; the "baby" ballerinas; the salary; touring the U.S.A for Sol Hurok; being stranded in Cuba; reforming the company in Cuba; six years touring South and Central America; maintaining performance standards on tour; his bid for American citizenship working as a free-lance dancer; rejoining the Ballet Russes for its second European tour.

Vassilkovsky discusses the "Original Ballet Russes" tour of England, following the death of De Basil in 1950; the condition of the costumes and sets at this time; life after the Ballet Russes; working in the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet; working as assistant to Bronislava Nijinska; Edouard Borovansky; developing the ability to reproduce ballets; accepting Borovansky's invitation to join his ballet company as co-repetiteur; his responsibilities as co-repetiteur and co-artistic director; the standard of the Borovansky dancers; advice from Borovansky; recommencing with The Borovansky Ballet as a soloist; choreographing "Candide"; dancing with Kathleen Gorham; the attraction of choreography; life after the Borovansky Ballet; an invitation to work as a teacher with the West Australian Ballet; the impact of Rex Reid as Artistic Director of the West Australian Ballet Company; an invitation from Luis Moreno to choreograph; teaching; reflects on his accomplishments; his London encore of "The Drummer" in "Graduation Ball"; life in the Borovansky Ballet compared to life in the Ballet Russes.

Notes

Recorded on September 14, 2006 at Carlisle, W.A.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 33 leaves) 
Subjects Vassilkovsky, Kiril -- Interviews.  |  Original Ballet Russe.  |  Borovansky Ballet.  |  West Australian Ballet Company.  |  Ballet dancers -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Choreographers -- Western Australia -- Interviews.  |  Ballets Russes in Australia.
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Choregraphers.
Other authors/contributors Stephens, Bill, 1936-, Interviewer

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