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O'Donnell: Master #2, 1983 May 26

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O'Donnell : Master #2, 1983 May 26
Additional title: Interview with May O'Donnell and Ray Green
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004 (Artistic director)
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004 (Interviewee)
Green, Ray, 1908-1997 (Interviewee)
O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation (Donor)

May O'Donnell and Ray Green Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1983-05-26
Place: New York, NY
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3213
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004
Green, Ray, 1908-1997
May O'Donnell Concert Dance Company
Modern dance -- Production and direction
Artistic collaboration
Modern dance -- Study and teaching
Video recordings
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: Robt. Kanter Productions.
Content: Title from original VHS cassette label.
Performers: Interviewees, May O'Donnell and Ray Green.
Venue: Videotaped at dance studio, New York, N.Y., 1983 May 26.
Acquisition: Gift; O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; 2012.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Umatic) (54 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
May O'Donnell and Ray Green discuss how they met in 1937 and got involved in dance, the problems encountered while performing with Martha Graham during her first transcontinental tour in 1937, Green composing music for O'Donnell, O'Donnell growing up in California and rehearsing with friends as children, touring with Graham and her own company, importance of Green's music for O'Donnell and her work, Green's piece entitled There is a time for innocence, and how the work was created, how she incorporates music and her voice into her dance classes, making money and working together in the studio at the beginning of their careers during the war, performing at Mills College and dancing with José Limón, creating Suspension after seeing an airplane below her in San Francisco while she was up on a hill, performing with Graham again in the 40s-50s and then establishing her first company, working with dancers and creating movement that looked good on each dancer, the money needed for concerts, and dancers leaving to perform with other choreographers, moving on to teaching, staging Suspension and Energies on companies which led to creating another version of her own company, the joys and problems with maintaining a dance company, how dance has gotten off track regarding structured choreographic works and the problems with the audience connecting to it, trouble getting dance out to the public which makes it difficult to raise money to pay dancers, young dancers living and moving to New York City, and the connection that O'Donnell and Green still have after all these years.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 968935596
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21152480
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 96610110-fb8f-0134-8d54-2bdd96c526e7
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Item timeline of events

  • 1906: Creator Born
  • 1983: Created
  • 2004: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "O'Donnell " The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1983.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "O'Donnell " New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 4, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1983). O'Donnell Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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