IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
William Carter's career ranged broadly from ballet to modern and Spanish dance. Though primarily known as an accomplished dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, he also served as choreographer for the 1975 film In a Rehearsal Room, for which he created a ballet danced by Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy. After initial studies with Coralane Duane and Carmelita Maracci, he joined American Ballet Theatre in 1957, dancing in Fancy Free, Interplay, and Rodeo. Two years later he joined New York City Ballet where he created the role of Demetrius in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream and one of the four male roles in Liebeslieder Walzer. He gradually turned his attention to cofounding the First Chamber Dance Quartet, rejoining ABT in 1970 and simultaneously appearing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. According to a Dance Magazine obituary, he was also a guest artist with Maria Alba's Spanish dance company and toured with his own ballet and flamenco troupe in the early 1980s.
In addition to his choreography for film, Carter also made works for a variety of companies, including Milwaukee Ballet and Athens Opera Ballet. At the time of his death, he was acting artistic director of the Rome Opera Ballet.
KEY CONTACT PERSON(S)/EXECUTOR OF ESTATE:
Longtime companion Vasily Iracledes, and a brother, not trackable
HUMAN REPOSITORIES OF THE WORK
(name and contact info, relationship to the artist and the work, assessment):
(location, format, condition, assessment):
The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library holds these relevant videotapes:
Seven Spanish Songs: Two Excerpts (1971)television program videotaped at the Max Waldman Studio, New York, photography and lighting by Max Waldman; choreography by William Carter; music by Manuel de Falla (Siete canciones espanoles); 3/4 in. (15 min.); call number MGZIC 9-1844.
American Ballet Theatre Dancing for Love (1978)unedited film interview with William Carter, preparing to dance the title role in Don Quixote, along with excerpts from the ballet featuring Gelsey Kirland and Mikhail Baryshnikov; choreography by Baryshnikov after Gorski and Petipa; film (28 min.); call number MGZHB 12-2509.
William Carter Dance Ensemble (1984)documentation of 11 May 1984 performance at the Riverside Dance Festival; dancers inlcuding Ruth Mayer, Nita Angeletta, and William Carter, with guitarist Paco Juanas; VHS (72 min.); call number MGZIA 4-278.
Dance On: Dedicated to the Memory of William Carter (1989)produced by Video Workshop for Dance and Theatre, director James Chladek; includes interview footage with Billie Mahoney and Pearl Lang; VHS (28 min.); call number MGZIC 9-2019.
(location, format, condition, assessment):
The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library holds a file of oversize photographs, call number MGZEAO.
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(scores, sound recordings, set/costume designs):
The Oral History Archive of the Dance Collection at the New York Public Library includes three sound cassettes of Agnes de Mille interviewing Carter about his work with the Martha Graham Company, call number MGZTC 3-1613.
(location of newspaper clippings, printed programs, press releases, notes, files, diaries; assessment):
The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library holds clippings files for Carter, William, and for William Carter Dance Ensemble, call number MGZR.
(archival assistance? storage? other?):
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OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
LIST OR OVERVIEW OF WORKS
(title, premiere date, music, production notes, performers):
- Dance Magazine. 1988. "William Carter: 1936-1988" (October): 96.
- Devere, John, ed., with writer Robin Woodard and photographer Susan Cook. 1976. In a Rehearsal Room: A Portrait of Two Dancers, Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy, and of a Dance Film in the Making, In a Rehearsal Room, Choreographed by William Carter and Directed by David Hahn. New York: Modernismo.
- Gruen, John. 1983. [Review of William Carter Dance Ensemble at Theater of the Riverside Church, Dec. 15, 17, 19, 1982.] Dance Magazine (March): 42, 44-45.
- Stoop, Norma McLain. 1976. "Film in Focus" [Review of In a Rehearsal Room.] Dance Magazine (February): 90-91.
- Tobias, Tobi. 1988. "William Carter, 1936-1988 [profile of Carter's career]." Dance Magazine (November): 64-65.