Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers: May O'Donnell with Ray Green, Fourth EveningAdditional title: Recollections and Rare Films
NamesO'Donnell, May, 1906-2004 (Speaker)Green, Ray, 1908-1997 (Speaker)Hess, Susan (Host)Powell, Alan (American artist, contemporary) (Videographer)Hess, Susan (Project director)
Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1983-05-20
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1464
TopicsO'Donnell, May, 1906-2004Lectures and lecturing -- Pennsylvania -- PhiladelphiaGreen, Ray, 1908-1997Green, Ray, 1908-1997. Dance energiesGraham, MarthaLimón, JoséSuspension (Choreographic work : O'Donnell)Bennington School of the DanceMartha Graham Dance CompanyModern dance -- United StatesDance -- History -- 20th centuryDance teachers -- United StatesDance -- Study and teaching
NotesContent: Title from original video cassette label.Content: Suspension film is not shown on this video.Venue: Videotaped during talk at Hess studio in Philadelphia, Pa. 1983 May 20.Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (63 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in.
DescriptionMay O'Donnell discusses her early impressions of dance and her childhood in California; early 1930's modern dance scene in New York City; studying with Mary Wigman and Martha Graham; Graham sending her to Gertrude Shurr's class to prepare her for joining the Martha Graham Dance Company; her search for basics in the works, Primitive Mysteries, Primitive Canticles, and Ceremonials; touring with Graham in her first tour of 1937, and continuing to dance with Graham for 6 years; 1930's social scene and political aspects; how Bennington Dance Program was the beginning of modern dance in the U.S.; meeting Ray Green in San Francisco; her first dance, Of Pioneer Women, with Ray Green's score; O'Donnell and Green starting their first dance studio in San Francisco; she talks about early dance concerts with Ray Green's music; meeting José Limón and working with him for two years on tours up and down the California coast; creation of O'Donnell's work, Suspension; returning to NYC after the attack on Pearl Harbor; being asked to dance in Graham's company with more featured dramatic roles including the pioneer woman in Appalacian Spring; leaving Graham company in the early 1950's; having great dancers in her own company including Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino; how the 1950's were a fullfilling time for her; and Susan Hess concludes the talk with brief comments.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20256344Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1bd79950-3136-0132-adb8-3c075448cc4b
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