Lecture by Doris Humphrey : Question and answer period, 1956
NamesHumphrey, Doris, 1895-1958 (Speaker)Hill, Martha, 1900-1995 (Speaker)Juilliard School (Event place)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1956-11-07
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-16
TopicsHumphrey, Doris, 1895-1958St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968Denishawn School of DancingDenishawn DancersModern dance -- United StatesChoreographyDancers -- United States -- 20th centuryDance -- Vocational guidanceDancersModern dance
NotesContent: Question and answer period following a lecture given by Doris Humphrey on November 7, 1956 at the Juilliard School of Music, New York City, for the National Educational Television program, Pioneers of modern dance. Martha Hill makes a substantial contribution to the discussion near the end of the recording.Funding: The processing 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.Venue: Recorded at the Juilliard School for the National Educational Television program, Pioneers of modern dance 1956, November 7 New York (N.Y.)
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 2 audiotape reels (approximately 49 minutes); polyester; half-track; 7.5 ips; 7 in.The sound quality is good with respect to Doris Humphrey and Martha Hill. The questions are inaudible in streaming audio file 1, but their content can be inferred for the most part from Humphrey's responses.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 36 minutes). Doris Humphrey discusses aspects of projection in performance including the use of the face; the kinds of subjects suitable (or not suitable) for making dances; her background and early training; the Denishawn School [of Dancing]; the Denishawn Dancers; Ruth St. Denis and her influence on Humphrey; careers in dance at the height of the Denishawn era as compared with careers in dance at the current time; an anecdote about forming a small vaudeville troupe upon finding herself unemployed and stranded in Little Rock (Ark.); the lessons vaudeville taught her; a performance anecdote about her work Soaring; career paths (and pitfalls) for young modern dancers today, in the United States including the importance of collaboration and regional differences in audiences [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 13 minutes). Doris Humphrey continues to speak about career paths (and pitfalls) for young modern dancers today, in the United States, including the pursuit of a career in teaching, especially outside of New York; the fragmentation of the dance community including a substantial contribution to the discussion from Martha Hill.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 55735743NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117369Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d37cdb20-d27d-0137-9fba-13f2dccd38cf
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