Interview with Dennis Wayne, 1975
NamesWayne, Dennis (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-04-16Date Created: 1975-04-30
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTC 3-507 (former)
TopicsWayne, DennisDancers (Company)Audiotapes -- Wayne, D
NotesCitation/reference: A later interview with Dennis Wayne conducted by John Gruen on the subject of Dancers is cataloged under the title Interview with Dennis Wayne, August 2, 1975.Venue: Recorded by John Gruen 1975, April 16 and 30 New York (N.Y.)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.Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 48 minutes), April 16, 1975. [John Gruen's introductory remarks.] Dennis Wayne speaks with John Gruen about his new company Dancers [Dennis Wayne's Dancers] beginning with how his experiences with the Harkness Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet led him to form a company; an earlier company, Dennis Wayne's American Dancers; his reasons for starting a company and Joanne Woodward's support; the repertoire planned for the premiere performance at Jacob's Pillow; his plans for raising the necessary funds; more on the reasons he feels compelled to start his own company; evaluating himself as a dancer; his goals for the company [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 28 minutes), April 16 [first approximate 3:20 minutes] and April 30 [from approximately 3:25 minutes to end of recording]. Dennis Wayne continues to speak with John Gruen about his new company Dennis Wayne's Dancers and what he hopes to accomplish [interview ends but resumes after short gap with April 30 addendum]. Dennis Wayne speaks with John Gruen about the company's first performance, at Westbeth [Westbeth Artists' Residence in New York City]; his discussions with Lucia [Chase] regarding his new company; the dancers in the company including Bonnie [Mathis], Martine van Hamel, Buddy Balough, and Kennteh Hughes; the repertoire including a new version of Norman Walker's The Prussian officer; his difficulties raising money for the company and his reorganization of the Board of Directors; plans for performing, possibly in the Delacorte Theater.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 16 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Dennis Wayne conducted by John Gruen on April 16, and 30, 1975, at Wayne's home in New York City, as research for an article in Dance Magazine. The article, entitled Close-up: Dennis Wayne, appeared in the July 1975 issue of Dance Magazine.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 79383602NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118280Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 927c2550-3158-0132-28c0-3c075448cc4b
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