Interview with Marie Rambert, 1980-07
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Rambert, Marie (Interviewee)Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewer)Molière, 1622-1673 (Author in quotations or text extracts)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1980-07 (Questionable)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1186
TopicsAshton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-Cunningham, MerceRambert, MariePetipa, Marius, 1818-1910Wyspiański, Stanisław, 1869-1907. Wesele. EnglishMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyTragedy of fashion; or Scarlet scissors (Choreographic work : Ashton)Ballet -- History -- 20th centuryMolière, 1622-1673. Works. Selections
NotesContent: David Vaughan interviews Marie Rambert, probably in London, England, in July, 1980; correlating to Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at the Sadler's Wells Theatre.Content: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten note on original cassette.Content: Handwritten note on original cassette: "Side 1: Kaleidoscope 1 July 1980 ; MC/JC".Numbering: Donor's inventory number: C350.Venue: Recorded in, London, England, [probably 1980 July?].Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (86 minutes) : analogSound quality is fair; the interviewee speaks at a distance from the microphone and is inaudible at times.
DescriptionSide 2: Begins abruptly; David Vaughan speaks with Marie Rambert about Marius Petipa and his ballets; De Valois speaks about Petipa's choreography and dance as a theatrical art, dependent on the dancers' interpretations; she recites a verse from Molière in French (with partial English translations), ca. 7:00-12:04; Rambert speaks about learning this verse as well as other poetry; Vaughan speaks briefly about being in a performance of the play Wesele, "The Wedding" (1901), by Stanisław Wyspiański; Vaughan speaks about his role as archivist for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Rambert speaks about the last time she visited New York and the first time she saw works by Merce Cunningham; they speak about the success of Cunningham's recent performances at Sadler's Wells Theatre; Vaughan speaks about how Cunningham uses videotaping to document his choreographic process; Rambert briefly mentions Frederick Ashton; Rambert speaks about teaching her students excerpts of Petipa's choreography, including from Sleeping beauty; Rambert speaks about encouraging Ashton, one of her pupils, to learn Petipa's choreography; she tells an anecdote about Ashton's early choreography and his request for music to accompany it [partially inaudible]; she speaks about Ashton's Tragedy of fashion; or Scarlet scissors, choreography for a 1926 revue staged by Nigel Playfair and her husband, Ashley Dukes; they continue to speak about Ashton's Tragedy of fashion, including Eugene Goossens's accompaniment music, Kaleidoscope; Rambert speaks about Mikhail Baryshnikov's performance they saw the previous night; Vaughan speaks about Baryshnikov in the ballet Spectre de la rose as compared to Rudolf Nureyev's version of the same role; [ca. 35:37-36:43, they look at photographs together]; they continue to speak about Baryshnikov including his dancing with the New York City Ballet and his stipulation that Ashton create a ballet for him before joining the Royal Ballet; Rambert speaks about recent "English ballet" productions that she attended; Rambert speaks about how Cunningham's works are like paintings and asks Vaughan about his choreographic process; Vaughan speaks about how Cunningham choreographs independently from the music and describes a recent performance of Cunningham's Sounddance (1975); Vaughan lists the publications he writes for and mentions that he's in the research phase to write a book on Cunningham.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913835774NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20731612Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 263b2760-b8ec-0133-4f87-60f81dd2b63c
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