Interview with Bruce Marks, 1969

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Title
Interview with Bruce Marks, 1969
Additional title: Selma Jeanne Cohen Papers of Dance Perspectives
Names
Marks, Bruce, 1937- (Interviewee)
Cohen, Selma Jeanne, 1920-2005 (Interviewer)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1969-11-07
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-3306
Topics
Marks, Bruce, 1937-
Maids (Choreographic work : Ross, H)
Male dancers
Ballet dancing
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Venue: Recorded by Selma Jeanne Cohen for an article in the Dance Perspectives Journal #40: The Male Image, published winter 1969. Separated from the Selma Jeanne Cohen Papers of Dance Perspectives (S)*MGZMD 56 : open to the public. November 7, 1969 New York (N.Y.).
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Division of the New York Public Library as well as 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.
Acquisition: 1986
Citation/reference: Separated from the Selma Jeanne Cohen Papers of Dance Perspectives (S)*MGZMD 56.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 28 min.) : polyester; quarter-track
Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise and occasional short gaps. In addition, the voice of Selma Jeanne Cohen is soft and often difficult to understand. However, the voice of Bruce Marks is easily intelligible.
Description
Interview with Bruce Marks conducted by Selma Jeanne Cohen in New York City on November 7, 1969 as the basis for an article in Dance Perspectives #40: The Male Image, published winter 1969. The recording contains approximately 24 minutes of extraneous material: the segments from approximately 5:45 minutes to 6:30 minutes, and from approximately 35:28 minutes through the end, of streaming file 1, as well as the first approximate 11 minutes of streaming file 2. Streaming file 1 (approximately 47 minutes). Bruce Marks speaks with Selma Jeanne Cohen about the qualities of weight and of easy assurance in male dancers [the segment from approximately 5:45 minutes through approximately 6:30 minutes contains extraneous material: the fragment of a conversation between Cohen and an unidentified man]; his decision to make dance his career; his background in modern dance including how it has affected his classical dancing; his use of motivation when performing a pas de deux; using motivation to aid technique; dancing with Toni Lander [his wife]; partnering; the balance between conserving energy and not appearing weak; his approach to [the role of Jean in] Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie; his interpretation of Herbert Ross's The maids [ends abruptly and is followed, from approximately 35:28 minutes through the end of this streaming file, by extraneous material: a conversation between Cohen and an unidentified man, about what seems to be a work in progress on Hindu dance]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 41 minutes). [The first approximate 11 minutes of this streaming file consists of extraneous material: a recording of the unidentified man heard at the end of streaming file 1 dictating, presumably for the benefit of Selma Jeanne Cohen, what seems to be a work on Hindu dance and its relation to religion and mythology. The interview with Bruce Marks resumes at approximately 11:25.] Bruce Marks speaks with Selma Jeanne Cohen about the challenges of performing in Herbert Ross's work The maids; the use of line including its use by male dancers compared with that by female dancers; masculine and feminine dancing including his thoughts on Siegfried's adagio solo (originated by Rudolf Nureyev) in Swan lake; acting in the film Giselle [1970]; his approach to the role of Albrecht; Igor Youskevitch as his ideal in this role; alternating roles in the same ballet.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 907932666
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20610397
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 15c8c2e0-b8be-0133-2f1a-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bruce Marks" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1969. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/19f2d510-b8be-0133-3a1b-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bruce Marks" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 1, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/19f2d510-b8be-0133-3a1b-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1969). Interview with Bruce Marks Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/19f2d510-b8be-0133-3a1b-60f81dd2b63c

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Interview with Bruce Marks