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Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music

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Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music
Rainer, Yvonne, 1934- (Creator)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1965 - 1969 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-2320
Rainer, Yvonne, 1934-
Mind is a muscle (Choreographic work : Rainer)
Music and dance
Content: Streaming audio file (approximately 35 minutes). Yvonne Rainer speaks about the contents of the tape she is making of her presentation [that is, this recording] including the omission of a film and other material; she speaks about her preferences, theories, and beliefs regarding music for dance; excerpts of recorded music in different genres are played including I'm gonna wait to the midnight hour; Rainer speaks about the dynamics and phrasing of movement including the expense and conservation of energy; her choreography, and her dance The mind is a muscle [which she refers to as The mind is a muscle, trio A or as Trio A]. From approximately 23:54 to 26:09 minutes, a recording of buzzing noises followed by an interval of silence followed in turn by buzzing noises, is played; Rainer speaks further on her theories of movement and her work The mind is a muscle. The final section of the record consists of a recording of the sound of galloping horses.
Funding: 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.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 35 min.) : polyester; half-track, 3.75 ips; 7 in.
The sound quality is good. The recording is marred by "tape hiss," but the speaker's voice is clear and loud.
Lecture-demonstration by Yvonne Rainer, recorded in the mid or late 1960's.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 51088471
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117368
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bdf738e0-797b-0136-e41e-6187d0428698
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Item timeline of events

  • 1965: Created (Approximate)
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1965 - 1969.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 20, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1965 - 1969). Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music Retrieved from

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Lecture-demonstration: commentary and music