Interview with Don Oscar Becque
NamesBecque, Don Oscar (Interviewee)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1970 - 1979 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-2107
TopicsLarson, Bird, 1887-1927Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927Becque, Don OscarFederal Theatre Project (U.S.)United States. Works Progress AdministrationProvincetown Playhouse (New York, N.Y.)
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: 197-? New York (N.Y.)Funding: Preservation was made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2000-2001.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.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 54 min.) : polyester; full-track; 3.75 ips; 7 in.Sound quality is good overall.
DescriptionInterview with Don Oscar Becque conducted by two unidentified people, possibly at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York (N.Y.), and probably sometime in the 1970s, on the artistic and intellectual environment in New York City from 1925 to around 1935.
Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 52 minutes). [Begins abruptly]. Don Oscar Becque speaks about lost film clips of Isadora Duncan; the value of recordings of dancers' voices; his reminiscences of the Triangle Theatre; his work with the Federal Dance Project [originally and later again part of the Federal Theatre Project of the Works Progress Administration] including various bureaucratic hurdles he encountered; modern dance in the mid-twenties including his impressions of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn and of Isadora Duncan; how he became involved with dance including his contacts with the Osage in Oklahoma and his own Native American heritage; the Provincetown Playhouse and the artistic circles with which he was involved; his own dance training; his experience with the American Laboratory Theatre; the Denishawn School of Dancing and Louis Horst; Bird Larson; the physique of the typical early modern dancer and how this influenced choreography; Isadora Duncan, her friends and family including an anecdote about Isadora and Valaw Nijinsky [ends abruptly, but continues on streaming file 2].
Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 2 minutes). Don Oscar Becque continues to speak about Isadora Duncan and her family.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 51057688NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117420Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 634276f0-e425-0135-2e22-171ccc5def7c
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