Golden wedding anniversary interview: Ruth St. Denis and Ted ShawnAdditional title: Personalities in the Berkshires (Radio program)
NamesSt. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Interviewee)Schechter, Martin (Interviewer)Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Interviewee)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1964-08-11
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-300
TopicsSt. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972Kinetic molpai (Choreographic work : Shawn)
NotesContent: Streaming audio file (approximately 30 minutes). Martin Schecter introduces the program and his guests, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn reminisce about their first meeting; St. Denis speaks about her hopes to sell the recording she made of her autobiography Ruth St. Denis, an unfinished life (c. 1939); Shawn and St. Denis speak about how much they always talked to each other; Shawn speaks about the revival of his work Kinetic molpai; St. Denis and Shawn speak about how Ted Shawn and his men dancers raised the status of male dancing; St. Denis's dance Incense, in particular the costume; Shawn tells anecdotes about St. Denis's navel; St. Denis's speaks about seeing Isadora Duncan dance and how this experience inspired the synchronic orchestra; she comments on an anecdote told about her and a post-performance party [ends abruptly].Funding: The processing 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: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded for radio station WBRK, Pittsfield (Mass.) for its series Personalities in the Berkshires August 11, 1964 Lee (Mass.)
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 30 min.) : acetate, half-track, 3.75 ips; 7 in.The sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and at times one speaker talks over another. However, the speakers' voices are almost always clear and intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn at an informal press conference at Jacob's Pillow (Lee, Massachusetts) on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary, moderated by Martin Schecter, as host. Recorded on August 11, 1964 and broadcast by radio station WBRK, Pittsfield, Mass., on its series Personalities in the Berkshires. At times, at least one other person can be heard.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 37633104NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117942Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 37443d80-797c-0136-983c-0b1c926ea37e
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