Interview with Julia Levien on Isadora Duncan, 1977
NamesLevien, Julia (Interviewee)Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Interviewer)Ardolino, Emile (Speaker)WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-02-11
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-2268
TopicsDuncan, Isadora, 1877-1927Levien, JuliaDance in motion pictures, television, etcTelevision programs -- Trailblazers of modern danceTelevision programs -- Dance in America
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by WNET/13 New York 1977, February 4 New York (N.Y.)Funding: The processing 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.Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 24 minutes). Julia Levien speaks about Isadora Duncan, as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, including the influence of social dances such as the waltz on Duncan's dancing; Duncan's concept of movement; the three major periods in Duncan's dancing; the theatrical aspect of Duncan's early dancing; her trip to Athens as an artistic turning point; her use of ballet technique such as turn out and port de bras in a novel manner; her relationship with [Konstantin] Stanislavsky; her influence on Martha Graham; the influence of Greek sculpture on Duncan's work; her concept of containment [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 16 minutes). Julia Levien speaks about Isadora Duncan including Duncan's use of natural movement; the basic principles of Duncan's school [for children]; the difficulty of accurately transmitting Duncan's technique; Duncan's turning over of her repertoire to her students; reasons for the widely-held belief that Duncan improvised on stage; her creating of group dances for her students, including the revising of her solos for groups.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 2 audiotape reels (approximately 40 min.) : polyester; half-track; 7.5 ips; 5 in.In general, sound quality is good. There are variations in volume, and overall, the voices of the interviewers tend to be of lower volume than that of Julia Levien's.
DescriptionInterview with Julia Levien on Isadora Duncan conducted by Elizabeth Kendall, on February 11, 1977 as research for Trailblazers of modern dance, a television program broadcast on the Dance in America series by WNET/13, New York, on January 4, 1978. Emile Ardolino, the director of the program, occasionally asks questions and contributes comments. A video recording of the television program is cataloged under the call number: *MGZIDVD 5-5385.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 79470734NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16131635Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b25fc8d0-c803-0135-642a-7fd1491bd62b
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