Interview with Valda Setterfield, 1977
NamesSetterfield, Valda (Interviewee)Bowers, Theresa (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-11-30
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-352
TopicsCunningham, MerceWaring, James, 1922-1975Gordon, David, 1936-Rambert, MarieSetterfield, Valda -- InterviewsMerce Cunningham Dance Company
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-352.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair to good. At times, the speakers' voices are distorted and fluctuate in volume, and the recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss". However, overall, the interviewee's voice is easily intelligible.Venue: Recorded by Theresa Bowers 1977, November 30 New York (N.Y.)Funding: The conservation 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 14 min.) ; quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 44 minutes). Valda Setterfield speaks with Theresa Bowers about her childhood and early dance experiences in England including her move to London to study at the Rambert School; Marie Rambert; dancing in a revue, choreographed by Donald Saddler, in Italy; meeting David Vaughan and moving to the United States; taking class, on scholarship, at José Limón's studio; working with James Waring; her first impression of Merce Cunningham; taking class at Cunningham's studio; going, as an understudy, to Connecticut [the American Dance Festival at Connecticut College] with Cunningham; her impressions of some of the artists she met there including John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Martha Graham; developing as a dancer through her work with Cunningham; continuing to work with Waring while taking class with Cunningham; marriage [to David Gordon] and pregnancy [ends abruptly].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 30 minutes). Valda Setterfield speaks with Theresa Bowers about dancing for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Cunningham's working methods; learning the benefit of moving slowly; teaching; her reasons for leaving the company; her varied dance experiences; her lack of interest in choreographing; her son, Ain Gordon; her parents; dancing for television and film; current choreographers whom she admires; working with David Gordon on his work Chair.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 84207062NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118159Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 170b97f0-c317-0133-1ace-60f81dd2b63c
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