Interview with Ted Shawn, 1965

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Interview with Ted Shawn, 1965
Additional title: Invitation to dance (Radio program)
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Interviewee)
Walter, Terry (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Captured: 1965-12-05
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-68
Denishawn School of Dancing
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Dance -- Study and teaching
Radio programs
Content: The sound quality is very good.
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: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded for broadcast by radio station WNCY, New York on its series, Invitation to Dance 1965, December 5 New York (N.Y.)
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 27 minutes) : analog, 7.5 ips, polyester, half-track, 7 in.
Streaming audio file (approximately 27 minutes). Walter Terry, as host, introduces Ted Shawn; Ted Shawn speaks about how he finds the very multiplicity of his many roles in the dance world (including dancer, choreographer, teacher, lecturer, and author) so rewarding; his love of all dance in its infinite varieties; how this inclusive approach has contributed to the ever more varied programs of the annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; the creed of the Denishawn School [of Dancing]; his goal of nurturing all kinds of dance rather than a particular style; his view of dance education as the enabling of each student to fulfill his or her highest potential as an artist rather than to perform a specific technique; his disclaimer of having ever been a rebel (against ballet and other established dance forms) and his belief in evolution, not revolution; his approach as that of growth and expansion with innovation as a by-product rather than as a goal for its own sake; the fact that there will always be a rear guard and an avant-garde; his happiness at the enormous growth of dance as an art form in the United States; the program and size of the first Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as contrasted with the Festival today; Terry's closing remarks.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 51057673
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117201
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 17df8f00-fe75-0137-840c-21d2eca89d50
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Item timeline of events

  • 1891: Creator Born
  • 1965: Captured
  • 1972: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Interview with Ted Shawn, 1965