Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers: Daniel Nagrin, Fifth EveningAdditional title: Recollections and Rare Films
NamesNagrin, Daniel (Speaker)Hess, Susan (Host)Hess, Susan (Project director)Powell, Alan (Videographer)
Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1983-06-10
Table of ContentsReel 1. Introduction (2 min.) / by Susan Hess -- Evening with Daniel Nagrin [beginning] (ends abruptly) (60 min.).Reel 2. Evening with Daniel Nagrin [conclusion] (18 min.) -- Closing comments (3 min.) / by Susan Hess.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1467
TopicsNagrin, DanielLectures and lecturing -- Pennsylvania -- PhiladelphiaTamiris, Helen, 1905-1966United States. Works Progress Administration (N.Y.)Lincoln Center for the Performing ArtsModern dance -- United StatesDance -- History -- 20th centuryDance teachers -- United StatesDance -- Study and teaching -- United StatesDance -- Technique
NotesContent: Title from original video cassette label.Venue: Videotaped during talk at Hess studio in Philadelphia, Pa. 1983 June 10.Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (83 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionReel 1 begins with Daniel Nagrin explaining that his talk will be about Helen Tamiris; introduction to the Tamiris film not shown on this video; original writings about modern dance and the pioneers and the absence of Tamiris in these writings; biography of Tamiris and the origins of the Neighboorhood Playhouse and the Met; describing early Tamiris concerts; quotes by John Martin to emphasize her individuality versus her appeal; talks about Group Theatre's use of confining techniques and the unnaturalness of confining techniques; relating social attitudes to Tamiris pieces; creating choreographic works for the WPA; Tamiris and Broadway; introduction to the Tamiris 1959 film; Tamiris' influence as a Jewish American in New York; The strangeness of America to Nagrin because of his upbringing and having parents that didn't speak proper English; the idiosyncratic style of Tamiris; how Nagrin doesn't teach technique in his dance classes; his Stanislavsky acting training and how it liberated him when Tamiris suggested to not separate his dance from his acting; dancing prospects including Dancers Repertory Theatre, Concert Dancers League and the beginning of Lincoln Center. Reel 2 continues with the idea of Lincoln Center Dance Company by Limon, Cunningham, Bettis, Sokolow, and Tamiris which didn't work out; dancers/choreographers influenced by Tamiris including Cliff Keuter, Phoebe Neville, Moody, and Elizabeth Keen; Nagrin talks about himself as a minor artist; Tamiris' lack of vanity; working on Broadway and her integrity; the difficulties with people in the show, Plain & Fancy; Nagrin talks about Tamiris' feelings of exclusion from the pioneers of dance; current performances of her works; her legacy; dance as a means to change the outlook on life; abstract art versus people relationships; and closing comment by Susan Hess.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20284971Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2a10ba30-3136-0132-e59f-3c075448cc4b
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