Interview with Merce Cunningham: on Third ear (Radio program), BBC Radio 3, 1989-03-20

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Title
Interview with Merce Cunningham: on Third ear (Radio program), BBC Radio 3, 1989-03-20
Additional title: Third ear (Radio program : BBC Radio 3)
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)
McLean, Fiona (Radio producer)
Cook, Christopher, 1959 January 24- (Host)
BBC Radio 3 (Broadcaster)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1989-03-20
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1461
Topics
Cunningham, Merce
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Event (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Choreography
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Host Christopher Cook interviews Merce Cunningham for broadcast on March 20, 1989 by BBC Radio 3, on its series the Third ear, produced by Fiona McLean; on the occasion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances of Events at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, in March, 1989.
Content: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original cassette and container, and audition.
Content: Handwritten note on original cassette: "Third Ear 20.03.89". Handwritten note on original container: "Third Ear ; Merce Cunningham, Christopher Cook ; Producer: Fiona McLean ; Room: 8406 BH Ext. 5214 ; 8LN911/89FJ3121 ; Radio 3 ; TX: 20.03.89 ; Due: 24'11" ".
Venue: Broadcast in, London, England, 1989 March 20.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (24 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is good.
Description
Begins abruptly; host and interviewer Christopher Cook introduces Merce Cunningham and his career; Merce Cunningham speaks about his Events including his re-use of past choreography and chance operations to arrange the unique order of a given Event; his use of stage space and how this allows for his [Merce Cunningham Dance] Company to perform in unique spaces; how movement itself, without added narrative, is of interest to him; Marcel Duchamp's idea that "art is completed by the spectator" and his interest in open interpretation of his works; his interest in using "contemporary terms" in his work, especially in selecting his collaborators; his use of live electronics as the music for his work and how this impacts his dancers; how he gets initial inspiration for a dance from movement or seeing movement in the world; testing movement ideas out through teaching them to his dancers and watching how they respond; the individual rhythmic tendencies of dancers as well as his use of a stopwatch to organize the tempo and timing of movement phrases; videotaping his rehearsals; his interest in exploring movement over creating a style; how dancers develop artistry and his admiration of Fred Astaire; why he selects his Company dancers from classes rather than audition; briefly, his own thoughts on continuing to dance as an aging dancer.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 932894773
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20861314
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 16267700-b949-0133-9f35-3c07547a230f
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Merce Cunningham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/18c6f500-b949-0133-7b99-3c07547a230f

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Merce Cunningham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 26, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/18c6f500-b949-0133-7b99-3c07547a230f

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1989). Interview with Merce Cunningham Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/18c6f500-b949-0133-7b99-3c07547a230f

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Interview with Merce Cunningham