Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13

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Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13
Additional title: Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection
Bird, Bonnie (Interviewee)
Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewer)
Caplan, Elliot (Interviewer)
Caplan, Elliot (Photographer)

Merce Cunningham Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1987-10-13
Place: New York City
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5046
Bird, Bonnie
Cunningham, Merce
Cage, John
Filmed interviews
Content: Title provided by cataloger, based on original container label and research.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (Video8) (33 min) :sound, color; 8mm
Material ends abruptly.
As the material begins, Elliot Caplan is seen doing a camera and sound check, preparing for an interview with Bonnie Bird, Merce Cunninghams first dance teacher. Following this, the interview proper begins. Bird first discusses the way in which she met Cunningham, as a student in one of her classes at Cornish University, as well as the genesis of his passion for dance, through early projects created under her tutelage. She then talks about meeting John Cage via hiring him as conductor and composer for her classes, thus leading to Cage and Cunningham meeting and collaborating for the first time (14:50). The interview ends abruptly, in mid-sentence.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 950971781
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20970093
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e3591340-2d77-0137-9457-0233790ba499
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  • 1987: Created
  • 2019: Digitized
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1987.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 16, 2019.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1987). Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13 Retrieved from

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Interview with Bonnie Bird,1987-10-13