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Interview with Bella Lewitzky, 1979

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Interview with Bella Lewitzky, 1979
Lewitzky, Bella (Interviewee)
Rogosin, Elinor (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-688 reel 15
Horton, Lester, 1906-1953
Lewitzky, Bella
Content: Streaming file (approximately 37 minutes). Bella Lewitzky speaks with Elinor Rogosin about Lester Horton; the Horton technique; virtuosity as a tool rather than as an end in itself; her dancers; collaborating with the composers Cara Bradbury Rhodes Marcus [Cara Bradbury Rhodes] and Larry Attaway, and the designers Darleene Neel and Rudi Gernreich; methods for recording her choreography including her own notation system and videotape; her tendency to revise her works depending on the dancers; her interest in the transmission of cultural inheritance; the much broader public awareness today of modern dance; the continuing growth and change in modern dance; how the arts further learning and understanding life; touring.
Venue: Recorded by Elinor Rogosin 1979 California?
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.
Acquisition: Gift of Elinor Rogosin
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 37 min.) : polyester; quarter-track
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise (the interview is taking place in what sounds like a restaurant), but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible overall.
Interview with Bella Lewitzky conducted by Elinor Rogosin, probably in California, in 1979, as research for her book, The dance makers (1980).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81670871
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118519
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 49a38f20-b2b5-0133-21ed-60f81dd2b63c
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bella Lewitzky" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bella Lewitzky" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 6, 2020.

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Interview with Bella Lewitzky