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Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969?

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Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969?
Ailey, Alvin (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1969 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-59
Beckford, Ruth
Jamison, Judith
Masekela, Hugh, 1939-2018
Ailey, Alvin
Masekela langage (Choreographic work : Ailey)
Venue: Interview with Alvin Ailey conducted by Walter Terry, possibly in 1969. The location is not identified.
Content: The processing 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.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1969?
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 25 minutes) : acetate, half-track, 3.75 ips ; 7 in.
The sound quality ranges is fair overall. Alvin Ailey's voice is clear but that of Walter Terry's is low in volume and at times difficult to understand.
Streaming audio file (approximately 25 minutes). Alvin Ailey speaks with Walter Terry about Hugh Masekela and Masekela's music; his new work Masekela language, in particular the meaning of the word "language;" the themes of the dance including its intended evocations of Katherine Dunham and Chicago; more on Masekela's music; the folk dancing he saw performed in cabarets in Uganda; his 1967 African tour and its influence on his choreography; Ruth Beckford; black dance in America including how he characterizes his own work; more on Masekela language; Judith Jamison; an anecdote about performing for Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 35216903
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117164
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9d57ce10-5250-0137-a21e-59ebfb23f24b
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Item timeline of events

  • 1969: Created
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969?" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1969.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969?" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 29, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1969). Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969? Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Interview with Alvin Ailey,1969?