Conversation with Gerry Franklin, 1975
NamesFranklin, Gerry (Interviewee)Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-09-17
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-833
TopicsShawn, Ted, 1891-1972Terry, Walter -- Ted Shawn, father of American danceSt. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968Franklin, Gerry
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1975, September 17Funding: 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 Walter TerryContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 30 minutes). Gerry Franklin, a psychologist who studied dance at Jacob's Pillow [in Lee, Massachusetts], and Walter Terry discuss the relationships, from a psychological viewpoint, between Ted Shawn and Shawn's mother; with Ruth St. Denis; with women generally; with Barton Mumaw; Franklin's impressions of Shawn at the time he was a student at Jacob's Pillow; Shawn's need for approval; more on his relationship with St. Denis including from an artistic viewpoint [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 30 minutes). Gerry Franklin and Walter Terry continue to speak about Ted Shawn from a psychological viewpoint including his vanity about his physical appearance; his choreography and his personality including its combination of arrogance, aloofness, and insecurity; his charisma [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3].Content: Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 31 minutes). Gerry Franklin and Walter Terry continue to speak about Ted Shawn's personality including his intolerance for any sign of undignified behavior or "campiness"; his own flamboyant costumes, particularly in the early years of his career; Shawn as an inspiration; reason Franklin did not become a professional dancer; his experience at Jacob's Pillow and its lasting influence on him; Terry tells an anecdote about Ruth St. Denis [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 4].Content: Streaming audio file 4 (approximately 5 minutes). Walter Terry continues to speak with Gerry Franklin about Ruth St. Denis including why she focused on ethnic dance; Walter and Franklin speaks about Ted Shawn's role, in effect, as a minister of the dance.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 36 min.) s : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality ranges from good to poor. The interviewee's voice is soft at times, and the recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise and "tape hiss".
DescriptionConversation between Gerry Franklin and Walter Terry, on September 17, 1975, as part of Terry's research for his book: Ted Shawn, father of American dance: a biography (New York: Dial Press, c1976).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80893667NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118674Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c90362a0-7960-0136-5abf-6120138677b8
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