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Title
The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan
Names
Maria-Theresa, 1896-1987 (Speaker)
Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Speaker)
Bardsley, Kay (Speaker)
Levien, Julia (Speaker)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Speaker)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Harris, Hilary (Videographer)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Early years, (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) (Host)
State University of New York College at Purchase (Sponsor)
Collection

Early Years Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-04-09 - 1981-04-12
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3521
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassettes 8 and 9 (former)
Topics
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
Duncan, Anna, 1894-1980
Duncan, Elizabeth, 1871-1948
Duncan, Irma
Zahn, Anita
Isadora Duncan Dancers
Modern dance -- United States
Dance festivals -- Purchase (N.Y.)
Genres
Lectures
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Notes
Content: For a printed program of the festival, see *MGZB The early years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) [Programs].
Content: Video documentation of the festival The early years: American modern dance from 1900 through the 1930s, hosted by SUNY College at Purchase, New York, on April 9-12, 1981, under the sponsorship of State University of New York, University-Wide Programs in the Arts. Festival director: Patricia Kerr Ross. Video producer: Daniel Labeille.
Physical Description
Videocassette
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (69 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Description
Videotaped at two consecutive sessions, both titled The heritage of Isadora Duncan, on April 9, 1981 by Hilary Harris. The first session (approx. 36 min.) is a lecture-demonstration by Maria Theresa Duncan. For another recording of this session, see: *MGZIDF 3548 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 45). The second (approx. 30 min. total) is a panel discussion between Elizabeth Kendall (moderator), Kay Bardsley, and Julia Levien. For another recording of this session, see: *MGZIDF 3546 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 43). CONTENTS: Cassette 8 (approx. 58 min. total): Introduction by Patricia Kerr Ross. -- Elizabeth Kendall introduces Maria Theresa Duncan. -- Solo performed by Maria Theresa Duncan to an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6. -- Lecture by Maria Theresa Duncan, who begins by discussing Isadora Duncan and her cultural milieu, then reminisces about her own experiences as a member of the Isadorables and later as an independent performer. Brief gap in recording at about 21 min. into the tape; for the missing material, see: *MGZIDF 3548 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 45). -- Brief excerpt of Kendall's lecture on Isadora Duncan. For a fuller version of this lecture, see: *MGZIDF 3546 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 43). -- Panel discussion. For the introduction of the speakers, see: *MGZIDF 3546 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 43). The panel continues, with a brief gap in recording, on cassette 9 (approx. 11 min.). For the missing material, see: *MGZIDF 3546 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 43). Bardsley and Levien recall their studies of Duncan dancing with, respectively, Maria Theresa Duncan, and Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan. They compare the different methodologies of the three teachers, all of whom drew upon the technique developed by Elizabeth Duncan, and the stylistic differences that have evolved in Europe and the U.S. Levien comments upon the choreography in the film The loves of Isadora, and notes Isadora's great achievement in changing dance from entertainment to an art experience. She and Bardsley describe some special qualities of Duncan dancing, particularly its fluidity and phrasing, and its sense of humanism.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Languages
English
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170853
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 32b7e370-3142-0132-50a8-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Creator Born
  • 1981: Created (Approximate)
  • 1987: Creator Died
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981 - 1981. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/679468a0-3142-0132-ac3e-3c075448cc4b

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 15, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/679468a0-3142-0132-ac3e-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1981 - 1981). The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/679468a0-3142-0132-ac3e-3c075448cc4b

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The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan