Interview with Marilyn Wood and slide show with commentary, 1982
NamesWood, Marilyn, 1929- (Interviewee)Chambers, Karen (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1982-02-22
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3321
TopicsWood, Marilyn, 1929-Marilyn Wood & the Celebrations GroupFestivalsFestivals -- JapanArt festivalsSite-specific artSite-specific theaterGroup work in artDance festivals
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by interviewer 1982, February 22 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.Acquisition: Gift Wood, Marilyn, 1929-Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Marilyn Wood speaks with Karen Chambers about traditional festivals and their relationship to the arts; festivals in Japan including their function as a communal Shinto activity; festivals as an art form; her work as an attempt to recreate traditional festivals in an urban community; the materials and media employed; reshaping the festival form to accommodate the shift from an agricultural context to an urban one; the TONY Festival (Tokyo-New York Music Festival); the highly visual aspect of festivals; how she became involved in creating festivals; her early festivals including her festival at the Seagram Building in 1972; how her work has changed since that festival; the overall high success rate of her festivals; the types of communities that are the most difficult to engage; the Celebration Group [Marilyn Wood & the Celebrations Group]; her view of her role as almost shaman-like; the process of creating a festival; new collaborations as one example of a post-festival benefit; the use of banners to involve the entire community; the many sites in New York and elsewhere in the United States she has staged her celebrations including Cincinnati (Ohio) and Ithaca (N.Y.); festivals she has staged in foreign countries and cities including Iran, Hong Kong, and Edmonton; the typical cost and sources of funds for the festivals; factors considered in choosing where to stage a festival and specific locations that attract her; the festivals in Columbus (Ohio) and Pittsburgh (Penn.); her pleasure in meeting and working with the local people [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 31 minutes). Marilyn Wood speaks with Karen Chambers about the selection and placement of artists depending on their skills; a three to six week residency as the typical period required to stage a festival [from approximately 4:05 minutes to the end of the recording, at 31:05, Wood presents a slide show of her work accompanied by her commentary including her responses to occasional questions from Chambers].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (1 hr., 18 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise but the interviewee's voice is clear and easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Marilyn Wood conducted by Karen Chambers (approximately 51 minutes) and Wood's slide show of her work (audio only) accompanied by her commentary (approximately 27 minutes), recorded on February 22, 1982, in New York (N.Y.). The interview was conducted for a magazine titled: Crafts International Magazine.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 937391228NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20887074Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b7ab0440-c315-0133-24b9-60f81dd2b63c
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