Interview with Mary Hinkson, 1974

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Interview with Mary Hinkson, 1974
Hinkson, Mary (Interviewee)
De Mille, Agnes (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1974
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTC 3-1620 (former)
Hinkson, Mary
Graham, Martha
Hawkins, Erick
Protas, Ron
baroness, Rothschild, Bethsabée de
Martha Graham Dance Company
Dancers -- Economic conditions
Oral histories
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Statement of responsibility: Recorded by Agnes de Mille 1974 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.
Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 32 minutes). Mary Hinkson speaks with Agnes de Mille about first meeting Martha Graham when she came to New York; her early training with Margaret H'Doubler in Wisconsin; the company [Martha Graham Dance Company] in the 1950s; Graham's return to teaching after a serious injury; performing in lecture-demonstrations; teaching to make ends meet; Graham's relationship with her dancers; Erick Hawkins as a teacher; Graham's coaching her, verbally, in Canticle for innocent comedians [ends abruptly].
Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 32 minutes). Mary Hinkson continues to speak with Agnes de Mille about Martha Graham including her expressed wish that her work be destroyed upon her death; the tour in 1970 without Graham and the very low morale of the company; the chamber company tour; Graham's absence from the company for over one year; keeping the company afloat during this period including the creation of the apprentice company; Graham's recovery and return; Ron Protas and his relationship with Graham and the company; salaries and other financial aspects of the company; Bethsabée de Rothschild's relationship with Graham; the Bat-dor company; Bertram Ross's departure from the company; certain aspects of Graham's personality [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming file 3 (approximately 20 minutes). Mary Hinkson continues to speak with Agnes de Mille about Martha Graham including her working methods for example, in Seraphic dialogue; being coached by Graham; Graham's changing of her choreography for different dancers in the same role; Graham's harshness to certain dancers as well as to herself; Graham's reaction to Don McDonagh's book [The rise and fall of modern dance?].
Physical Description
Extent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 1 hr., 24 min.) : polyester; quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is poor. Mary Hinkson speaks softly and is difficult to understand. In addition there is extraneous noise including "tape hiss" as well as occasional short gaps.
Interview with Mary Hinkson conducted by Agnes de Mille in 1974 as part of her research for her biography of Martha Graham entitled Martha.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 35217023
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12492665
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0acea440-b3d6-0133-c60b-3c07547a230f
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Mary Hinkson" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1974.

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Interview with Mary Hinkson