Artistic criticism and appreciation in America
NamesDe Mille, Agnes (Creator)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1960-05-06 (Approximate)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-102
TopicsDe Mille, AgnesDance critics -- United StatesAudiencesArt appreciationPerforming arts -- Art appreciationDance in motion pictures, television, etcDance criticsBallet -- Appreciation
NotesStatement of responsibility: Agnes de MilleContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded at Benoit College May 6, 1960? Beloit (Wis.)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 48 min.) : acetate, half-track; 3.75 ips; 7 in.Sound quality is good.
DescriptionLecture by Agnes de Mille on artistic criticism and appreciation in the United States, recorded at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin. The date of the lecture is May 6, and the year around 1960.
Streaming audio file (approximately 48 minutes). [Introduction of Agnes de Mille by an unidentified speaker]; De Mille speaks about her time in college, at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) including an anecdote about her poor grades in music and dancing; the two main kinds of dancing, folk and interpretive, taught then at school; anecdotes about the choreography and costumes she created for an athletic award ceremony; how she defines "living theater" and "living audiences;" what she dislikes about performing live for television including the feeling of estrangement from the audience; movie previews and audience responses; dance and drama critics, in particular the influence of the New York critics on national programing and audiences; the aesthetic and intellectual laziness of the American public, in particular, the tendency toward conformity; the ability of an individual to understand and appreciate the arts based on one's own judgment; generally, how past eras were also full of hardships; De Mille reads from and comments on the writings of [Joseph] Conrad about technique and craftsmanship; the great power of art, in particular that of live theater. [Applause].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 36936976NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117211Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): deb35880-4c81-0136-0c49-0db7199c5a9d
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