Interview with Marilyn Wood, and slide show with commentary, 1987
NamesWood, Marilyn, 1929- (Interviewee)Murgiyanto, Sal (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1987-05-07
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3322
TopicsWood, Marilyn, 1929-Halprin, AnnaFestivalsArt festivalsSite-specific artSite-specific theaterGroup work in artDance festivals
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by interviewer? 1987, May 7 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 Sal Murgiyanto about her how her background led to her work creating festival celebrations including Anna Halprin's influence; her first fully-formed work, at the Seagram Building in New York (N.Y.) as a turning point; creating a festival that results in a city celebrating itself; the purpose of festivals, in particular as structures for communal expression; the requisites for a successful festival including the use of large-scale visual media, both man-made (e.g., video projections) and natural (e.g., a mountain range); the festival she is organizing in Singapore; Anna Halprin's festivals as compared with hers; the highly-organized nature of her festivals; the skills required to create a festival; the shamanistic nature of her work; the process of creating a festival including the incorporation of the community's cultural values; the use of unconventional performance venues and the resulting expansion of audiences; celebration festivals as a way to create new traditions and rituals; cities that have made her festivals an annual event, for example Tokyo and Columbus (Ohio); festivals and religion, for example in Japan; transposing festivals to an urban context [ends abruptly; interview continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 43 minutes). Marilyn Wood speaks with Sal Murgiyanto about the broad societal trends underlying women's relatively high participation in dance festivals; her thoughts on organized religion today; the significance of festivals for a community, including spiritual renewal; the personal satisfaction she derives from her work [from approximately 19:55 until the end of the recording at 42:45, Wood shows Murgiyanto a slide show of her work accompanied by her commentary and responses to Murgiyanto's occasional questions].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 30 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is good on streaming file 1 and fair on streaming file 2, which is marred by "tape hiss".
DescriptionInterview with Marilyn Wood conducted by Sal Murgiyanto, on May 7, 1987 (approximately one hour and six minutes) and a slide show (audio only) of Wood's work accompanied by her commentary and responses to Murgiyanto's occasional questions (approximately 22 minutes).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 937391342NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20887081Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d9dc7e30-c315-0133-e094-60f81dd2b63c
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