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The early years: [After-dinner conversations]
Shurr, Gertrude (Speaker)
Mumaw, Barton, 1912-2001 (Speaker)
Sherman, Jane (Speaker)
Bird, Dorothy, 1912- (Speaker)
Rice, Marion (Speaker)
Gentry, Eve (Speaker)
Lask, Thomas (Speaker)
Ide, Letitia (Speaker)
King, Eleanor, 1906-1991 (Speaker)
Krevitsky, Nik (Speaker)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)
Pennebaker, D. A. (Videographer)
Early years, (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) (Host)
State University of New York College at Purchase (Sponsor)

Early Years Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-04-10
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3556
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 53 (former)
Bennington School of the Dance
Boston fancy - 1854 (Choreographic work : Shawn)
American folk suite (Choreographic work : King)
Ode to freedom (Choreographic work : King, Eleanor)
Field recordings
Content: For a printed program of the festival, see *MGZB The early years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) [Programs].
Content: Video documentation of the festival The early years: American modern dance from 1900 through the 1930s, hosted by SUNY College at Purchase, New York, on April 9-12, 1981, under the sponsorship of State University of New York, University-Wide Programs in the Arts. Festival director: Patricia Kerr Ross. Video producer: Daniel Labeille.
Content: Videotaped by D. A. Pennebaker. Candid footage, interspersed with snatches of informal conversations, recorded after a dinner for honored guests. Those who are heard speaking include Gertrude Shurr, Barton Mumaw, Jane Sherman and her husband Ned Lehac, Dorothy Bird, Marion Rice, Eve Gentry, Thomas Lask, Letitia Ide, Eleanor King, and Nik Krevitsky. Also glimpsed on camera are Helen Priest Rogers, May O'Donnell, Kenneth Bostock, Selma Jeanne Cohen, and Harriette Ann Gray. Some of the topics discussed are the book Barton Mumaw, dancer, written by Sherman and Mumaw; Sherman's reconstruction of Ted Shawn's Boston fancy; Gentry's work in developing a body training technique based on the Pilates method; and King's creation of American folk suite and Ode to freedom at the Bennington School of the Dance. The guests also discuss the various events of the festival.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (34 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170869
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 18a64fd0-3145-0132-1fc6-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: [After-dinner conversations]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981.

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The early years: [After-dinner conversations]