Conversation with Gerry Franklin, 1975

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Title
Conversation with Gerry Franklin, 1975
Names
Franklin, Gerry (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-09-17
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-833
Topics
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
Terry, Walter -- Ted Shawn, father of American dance
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
Franklin, Gerry
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1975, September 17
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 Walter Terry
Content: 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 Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 2 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 36 min.) s : quarter-track; 1.875 ips
Sound 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".
Description
Conversation 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 Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 80893667
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118674
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c90362a0-7960-0136-5abf-6120138677b8
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1975: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Conversation with Gerry Franklin" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c96dd9a0-c31b-0133-068a-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Conversation with Gerry Franklin" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 20, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c96dd9a0-c31b-0133-068a-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1975). Conversation with Gerry Franklin Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c96dd9a0-c31b-0133-068a-60f81dd2b63c

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Conversation with Gerry Franklin