Interview with Stanley Sussman, Part 2 of 4: July 25 and 26, 1978
NamesSussman, Stanley (Interviewee)Matheson, Katy (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-07-25Date Created: 1978-07-26
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-468
TopicsGraham, MarthaSussman, Stanley -- InterviewsGraham, Martha. Cortege of eaglesMartha Graham Dance CompanyDancing ground (Choreographic work : Graham)Music and dance
NotesSource note: Interview with Stanley Sussman conducted by Katy Matheson for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Oral History Project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, on July 25 and 26, 1978. Part 1 (July 17, and 19, 1978), Part 3 (August 1, 2, and 4,1978), and Part 4 (August 16,1978) are cataloged separately.Additional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 5-468.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good. There are occasional short gaps.Venue: Recorded by Katy Matheson for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts July 25 and 26, 1978 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 2 hr., 21 min.); polyester; half-track; 1.875 ips; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, July 25 and 26, 1978 (approximately one hour and 37 minutes). Stanley Sussman speaks with Katy Matheson about touring with the Martha Graham Dance Company in Japan; company morale; the repertoire; casting including the end of the so-called star system; Martha Graham's deep involvement with the costumes; rehearsals; Pearl Lang and her relationship with Graham; the departure of Ross Bertram and Mary Hinkson from the company [beginning of July 26 session, at approximately 50:29 minutes]; Sussman speaks about Graham's approach to creating a new work; Graham's remarks to him about her marriage to Erick Hawkins and other personal matters; Graham's approach to music and phrasing, as for example in her Diversion of angels; her choice of music including her frequent use of commissioned works; composers with whom he worked; Graham's work Dancing ground; how various company members interacted with Graham; her works Cortege of eagles; Acrobats of god; and Adorations [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2, July 26, 1978 (approximately 44 minutes). Stanley Sussman speaks with Katy Matheson about Martha Graham including her discussions with him of Judaism; briefly, her work Judith; observations about Graham including her sense of mortality; her relationship with Louis Horst; the fact that Graham never commissioned Sussman to create a composition for her [ends abruptly].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 991872351NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21289365Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6c4ccca0-c715-0135-6cd8-0415e5197840
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