Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15: and, excerpt from an unidentified musical theater performance

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Title
Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15: and, excerpt from an unidentified musical theater performance
Additional title: Fractions (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)
Gibson, Jon (Composer)
Gruen, John (Host)
WNCN (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-03-15
Place: New York, NY.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1197
Topics
Cunningham, Merce
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
10's with shoes (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Channels/Inserts (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Fielding sixes (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Fractions (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Choreography
Musical theater
Music and dance
Gibson, Jon. Equal distribution. No. 1. Selections
Genres
Music
Live sound recordings
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten notes on original container and cassette.
Host: John Gruen. Broadcast March 15, 1981 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York, on its series the Sound of dance.
Content: Handwritten notes on original container and cassette: "Merce Cunningham: Interview with John Gruen WNCN 15 March 1981".
Numbering: Donor's inventory number: C374.
Venue: Musical theater performance recorded live in an unidentified location and date.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (76 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is fair; the speakers are very muffled and at times, inaudible.
Description
Streaming file 1, Side a: Host John Gruen introduces Merce Cunningham; Cunningham and Gruen briefly debate the description of Cunningham's work as intellectual; Cunningham speaks about generating unique movement in his choreography; his 10's with shoes (1981), including the origin of the title and its upcoming premiere; Cunningham's interest in the independence of the performance elements of decor/design, sound, and dance; his Fielding sixes (1980), including briefly the origins of the choreography and its title; his Channels/Inserts (1981), and working with dance for the camera; Gruen speaks about Cunningham as a performer; Cunningham speaks about his theory of dance and movement, especially in relation to ballet; more on innovating movement and his interest in activating the mind of the viewer; briefly, his interest in pedestrian movement; his use of chance methods in choreography and the challenge it poses to a dancer; excerpt of music for Fractions (1977), Jon Gibson's Equal distribution no. 1 (1977), 23:46-26:45; they briefly discuss the abstract nature of Cunningham's work; Gruen announces Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at City Center, March 17-29, 1981; Cunningham speaks about his intentions as a choreographer and how he envisions communicating with his audience; Cunningham speaks about sources of artistic influence outside of dance; Gruen quotes a New York Times article on Cunningham's influence on post-modern dance; Cunningham speaks about some of the changes in the field of dance from when his career began; briefly, his relationship to Martha Graham as an apprentice, rather than a disciple; the dance qualities he learned from Graham that he continues to use; his approach to teaching and the structure of his dance technique classes; more on re-thinking movement as a result of working with dance on camera; briefly, how Cunningham chooses dancers; ends abruptly.Streaming file 2, Side b: Begins abruptly, Merce Cunningham, continues to speak with John Gruen about the qualities he looks for in dancers and coaching dancers; excerpt of Equal distribution no. 1, 2:09-3:37; Cunningham briefly speaks about how the dance Fractions has its own phrasing, separate from the music; more on the relationship between the music and choreography, including how his dancers navigate the structures of both disciplines; Gruen concludes the show; unidentified live musical theater performance begins abruptly, 9:13-30:38.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 913795707
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20730821
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 653c74d0-b8cd-0133-c933-60f81dd2b63c
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/69761780-b8cd-0133-5abe-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/69761780-b8cd-0133-5abe-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1981). Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15 Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/69761780-b8cd-0133-5abe-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15