Interview with Agnes de Mille
NamesDe Mille, Agnes (Interviewee)Moyers, Bill D (Interviewer)Public Affairs Television (Firm)
General Dance Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1992
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 8898Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5668 (former)
TopicsDe Mille, AgnesGeorge, Henry, 1839-1897Primitive mysteries (Choreographic work : Graham)Rodeo (Choreographic work : De Mille)Fall River legend (Choreographic work : De Mille)Other (Choreographic work : De Mille)Dancers -- United States -- 20th centuryChoreographers -- United States -- 20th century
Genrestwo-dimensional moving imageDanceInterviewsvideo
NotesTitle from information provided by donor.Unedited footage.Performers: Interviewer: Bill Moyers.Performers: Interviewee: Agnes de Mille.Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 2 streaming video files (NTSC) (117 min.) :sd., col.
DescriptionIn a wide-ranging interview, Agnes de Mille and Bill Moyers discuss topics relating to old age, religion, politics, gender differences, and death, as well as dance, theater, and de Mille's professional and private life. Among the latter group of subjects are de Mille's grandfather, the social reformer Henry George; the proscription of dancing by the Christian church; religious content in dance, as exemplified by Martha Graham's Primitive mysteries; the appeal of dancing to women; the special moments of unity between performer and audience; and dancing on pointe. At several points in the discussion de Mille recalls her early career as a dancer: her late start, her father's opposition, and her struggles against the sexism of theater managers. Extended discussions cover her ballets Rodeo and Fall River legend, and her choreography for the musicals Oklahoma! and Bloomer girl; more briefly mentioned are Brigadoon and The other. She also talks about her marriage, motherhood, the stroke that she suffered in 1975, and her triumphal return to the stage two years later.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY98-F2943NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13800997Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 29ceb710-8a8d-0135-5310-081a53314f6d
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