Interview with Robin Howard, 1978
NamesHoward, Robin (Interviewee)Tobias, Tobi (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-08-22
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-412
TopicsGraham, MarthaHoward, Robin -- InterviewsLondon Contemporary Dance SchoolMartha Graham Dance CompanyDance criticsModern dance -- Technique -- Graham
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-412.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good.Venue: Recorded by Tobi Tobias 1978, August 22 London (England)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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audio cassette (approximately 1 hr., 17 min.); quarter track; 1.875 ips
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Robin Howard speaks with Tobi Tobias about how he first came to be interested in Martha Graham; the impact on him of seeing Graham and her company [Martha Graham Dance Company] perform, in London; his impressions of the male dancers including Bertram Ross, Robert Cohan, and Robert Powell; some of the more notable female dancers including Pearl Lang, Mary Hinkson, Helen McGehee, and Ethel Winter; how his anger with the public and critical response to the London performances led to his association with Graham and the company; Graham as a person; the company's second British tour including Howard's role in arranging it; its favorable critical reception; his thoughts on dance critics [ends abruptly but interview continues on streaming audio fie 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 39 minutes). Robin Howard speaks with Tobi Tobias about Graham technique; Jane Dudley as a teacher of Graham technique; the development of Graham technique as taught at Howard's school [The Place; now part of the London Contemporary Dance School]; the establishment of The Place and its role in his life; his relationship with Martha Graham and her company during this time; his proposals regarding the company and the reasons Graham could not bring herself to implement them; the high level of tension in the company; his great admiration for Graham and gratitude that he knew her.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 144657583NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118175Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6c450820-c277-0135-6ecd-5916d6216fa3
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