Interview with Remy Charlip, 1983-05-04
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Charlip, Remy (Interviewee)Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewer)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1983-05-04
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1442
TopicsCharlip, RemyCage, JohnCage, John -- Sonatas and interludesCernovich, NicolaCunningham, MerceErdman, JeanHarrison, Lou, 1917-2003Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. School of ArtMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyMinutiae (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Monkey dances (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Rag-time parade (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Sixteen dances for soloist and company of three (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Springweather and people (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Dance costume
NotesContent: David Vaughan interviews Remy Charlip in New York, New York, on May 4, 1983. This interview was created as research for David Vaughan's book, Merce Cunningham: Fifty years (New York, Aperture).Content: Title, location and date provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten note on original container and cassette.Handwritten note on original cassette and container: "David Vaughan: Interview with Remy Charlip ; New York ; 5 May 1983".Venue: Recorded in, New York, New York, 1983 May 4 [although the cassette is labeled May 5, the interviewer states May 4th in the beginning of the interview].Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (31 minutes) : analogSound quality is mostly good; at times the interviewee speaks away from the microphone and is low but mostly audible.
DescriptionRemy Charlip speaks with David Vaughan about his inspirations for starting to dance while an art student at Cooper Union, including the influence of a fellow student, Marianne Benjamin; briefly, seeing the New York City Ballet perform Merce Cunningham's Seasons (1947); he lists his first dance teachers; he mentions a piece he choreographed during his senior year at Cooper Union; briefly, his first performance in Merce [Cunningham's] Rag-time parade (1950) at the Cooper Union Hall; his fellowship at Reed College in 1949 including meeting Lou Harrison and Bonnie Bird there, and making sets and costumes; they list the works that Charlip worked on while at Reed; Charlip speaks about living in New York with Harrison and meeting Cunningham and John Cage socially; being inspired from seing a performance of Cunningham's Monkey dances (1948); Charlip speaks about studying dance with Jean Erdman and lists some of the other students in her classes; they list the other dancers in Rag-time parade; they speak about Charlip's summer at Black Mountain College in 1948 and the performance there of Occupe-toi d'Brunhilde [a musical farce based on Occupe-toi d'Amélie]; Charlip speaks about an Easter party at his previous loft that included informal performances, especially parodies of Kabuki theater and a tea ceremony by Cage and "Nick" [Nicola] Cernovich; Charlip speaks about Cernovich showing his own movies at Black Mountain and later doing the lighting design for Cunningham; Charlip speaks briefly about making the program for Cage's premiere of Sonatas and interludes (1948), as well as his making a cyc [cyclorama] for Cunningham's performances in the Black Mountain cafeteria; more on printing the program for Sonatas and interludes on cigarette rolling paper; Charlip speaks about his costumes for Springweather and people (1955); [brief phone interruption]; Charlip speaks about the mask and costumes he created for Minutiae (1954); Charlip recalls that he helped Cunningham on the thrift shop costumes for Rag-time parade; Charlip tells an anecdote on painting the costumes for Sixteen dances for soloist and a company of three (1951); more on Cunningham's ideas about costumes; ends abruptly.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913959457NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20732858Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 40778570-b8f7-0133-3084-60f81dd2b63c
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