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Interview with John Christian, 1969

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Interview with John Christian, 1969
Additional title: Dance, New York (Radio program)
Christian, John, 1921-1982 (Interviewee)
Horosko, Marian (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1969
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1854
Goslar, Lotte
Christian, John, 1921-1982 -- Interviews
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Dance -- Documentation
Radio programs
Content: Interview with John Christian conducted by Marian Horosko for radio station WBAI, New York City, as part of its series Dance, New York, in 1969. A film of Ted Shawn dancing The death of Adonis is held by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and is cataloged under the class mark: *MGZHB 4-131. This film includes Doris Humphrey dancing Hoop dance.
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.
Venue: Recorded for WBAI, New York 1969 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 31 minutes) : analog, 3.75 ips, acetate, half-track, 5 in.
Sound quality is good overall, but the recording is marred by "tape hiss."
Streaming audio file (approximately 30 minutes). Marian Horosko introduces John Christian, Executive Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; John Christian speaks with Marian Horosko about the history of Jacob's Pillow; some of the earlier performers including such noted dancers as Alicia Alonso and Erik Bruhn and noted companies as the Royal Danish Ballet; Jacob's Pillow as a showcase for ethnic dancers; documenting performances through film; Horosko and Christian speak about films she has seen of Ted Shawn performing The death of Adonis and of Doris Humphrey performing Hoop dance; the upcoming season at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival including performances by Violette Verdy and Lotte Goslar; (very briefly) his own dance training; more on the upcoming season including the performers Mata and Hari [Ruth Mata and Eugene Hari], the German company Gruppe Motion Berlin; the new ballet company, Center Ballet of Buffalo; the Afro-American Dance Ensemble, Edward Villella and Patricia McBride; and Nala Najan, who will also dance with students who have attended the summer program; administrative details regarding attending the Festival; closing remarks.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 77623441
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13323923
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 22c8e990-d286-0137-d035-6941e3134c44
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Item timeline of events

  • 1921: Creator Born
  • 1969: Created
  • 1982: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with John Christian, 1969" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1969.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with John Christian, 1969" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 30, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1969). Interview with John Christian, 1969 Retrieved from

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Interview with John Christian, 1969