Lecture on choreography for stage and screen

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Lecture on choreography for stage and screen
Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982 (Creator)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-06
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZT 7-859 (former)
Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982
Billy the Kid (Choreographic work : Loring)
Choreography -- Study and teaching
Content: Lecture given by Eugene Loring on choreography for stage and screen in June 1975. Sections of the recording include demonstrations of movement and at least one stage exercise. The location of the lecture is not identified.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Alan Boehmer? June , 1975
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.
Acquisition: Gift Alan Boehmer
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 2 hr., 11 min.) : polyester, quarter-track, 3.75 ips. ; 7 in.
Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and frequent changes in volume. Eugene Loring's voice is, for the most part, easily intelligible, but the voices of the audience members are often soft and difficult to understand.
Streaming file 1 (approximately one hour and five minutes). Eugene Loring begins his lecture by asking an audience member to speak about how she would start choreographing a dance; he responds to her responses with additional questions and comments; Loring speaks, at times in a dialogue with the listeners, about choreographing movement appropriate to the dancers at hand compared to so-called "show piece" choreography; the importance of making your dancers look good and creating a certain atmosphere in the theater; emotion as a basis of choreography; imitation as contrasted with influence; the choreographic process; choreographing the ballet Billy the Kid including working with Aaron Copland; finding the right score for a dance; the elements of movement; use of a particular movement or sequence of movement to illustrate an idea or emotion, with reference to an example from Billy the Kid [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]. Streaming file 2 (approximately one hour and six minutes). Eugene Loring continues to speak about the choice of movement; stage composition; various choreographic methods including the use of dancers' improvisations, as for example Agnes de Mille did in Three virgins and a devil; choreography as a synthesis of all the arts; projection from the stage and on the motion picture screen [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 84610031
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118721
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 245e4f00-c353-0133-1c73-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1975: Created
  • 1982: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lecture on choreography for stage and screen" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/28b656b0-c353-0133-69ea-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lecture on choreography for stage and screen" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 28, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/28b656b0-c353-0133-69ea-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1975). Lecture on choreography for stage and screen Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/28b656b0-c353-0133-69ea-60f81dd2b63c

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Lecture on choreography for stage and screen