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The early years: The Bennington years
Hill, Martha (Commentator)
Schönberg, Bessie (Commentator)
Lloyd, Ruth (Commentator)
O'Donnell, May. (Commentator)
Shurr, Gertrude (Commentator)
Gentry, Eve (Commentator)
Holm, Hanya, 1893-1992 (Commentator)
Bales, William, 1910-1990 (Commentator)
Van Tuyl, Marian, 1906 or 7-1987 (Commentator)
King, Eleanor, 1906-1991 (Commentator)
Krevitsky, Nik (Commentator)
Morgan, Barbara Brooks, 1900-1992 (Commentator)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Emshwiller, Ed (Videographer)
Early years, (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) (Host)
State University of New York College at Purchase (Sponsor)

Early Years Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-04-11
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3532
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassettes 22 and 23 (former)
Graham, Martha
Horst, Louis
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958
Weidman, Charles
Shelly, Mary Jo
Lloyd, Norman, 1909-1980
Tucker, Gregory, 1908-1971
Lauterer, Arch, 1904-1957
Riegger, Wallingford, 1885-1961
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976
Bennington School of the Dance
Martha Graham Dance Company
Panorama (Choreographic work : Graham)
American folk suite (Choreographic work : King)
Ode to freedom (Choreographic work : King, Eleanor)
Panel discussions
Content: For a printed program of the festival, see *MGZB The early years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) [Programs].
Content: Video documentation of the festival The early years: American modern dance from 1900 through the 1930s, hosted by SUNY College at Purchase, New York, on April 9-12, 1981, under the sponsorship of State University of New York, University-Wide Programs in the Arts. Festival director: Patricia Kerr Ross. Video producer: Daniel Labeille.
Content: Videotaped on April 11, 1981 by Ed Emshwiller. Panel presentation on The Bennington years by Martha Hill (moderator), with Bessie Schoenberg, Ruth Lloyd, May O'Donnell, Gertrude Shurr, Eve Gentry, Hanya Holm, William Bales, Marian Van Tuyl, Eleanor King, Nik Krevitsky, and Barbara Morgan. Following an introduction by Hill, the panelists present brief commentaries describing their experiences at Bennington College's School of the Dance. Schoenberg discusses its origin, aims, curriculum, faculty, and activities. Lloyd recalls the interactions of composers and choreographers during the period, and pays special tribute to Louis Horst. Several former dancers, among them O'Donnell, Shurr, Gentry, Bales, and Van Tuyl, recall working with choreographers such as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm; Holm herself appears on the panel. Van Tuyl and King talk about their work as Bennington fellows. Krevitsky recalls working backstage with Arch Lauterer and Horst. Photographer Barbara Morgan describes her early contacts with dance and her first meeting with Graham. Cassette 22: 61 min. Cassette 23: 29 min. Brief gaps in recording throughout both cassettes; some of the missing material appears on *MGZIDF 3542 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassettes 37 and 38), a different recording of the same session.
Physical Description
Extent: 5 videocassettes (U-matic) (59 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170866
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a1aaefd0-3147-0132-ca9e-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: The Bennington years" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981.

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The early years: The Bennington years