Interview with Merce Cunningham about Points in space: on New York & Company (Radio program), WNYC, 1987-10-27Additional title: Leonard Lopate show
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Borger, Kate (Host)Caplan, Elliot (Commentator)Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)Lopate, Leonard (Host)Walker, Melody (Interviewer)Cage, John (Composer)National Public Radio (U.S.) (Broadcaster)WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1987-10-27Date Created: 1987-10-29
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1423
TopicsCage, JohnCage, John -- Voiceless essayCunningham, MerceMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyPoints in space (Choreographic work : Cunningham)ChoreographyDance in motion pictures, television, etcMusique concrèteCage, John. Voiceless essay. Selections
GenresMusicSpoken wordRadio interviewsInterviews
NotesStatement of responsibility: hosted by Leonard Lopate and Kate Borger.Content: Melody Walker interviews Merce Cunningham on the radio program New York & Company (former name of the Leonard Lopate show), broadcast on WNYC on October 29, 1987.Content: Title, dates and location provided by cataloger based on handwritten and typed notes on original container and cassette, and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original container: "Interview with Merce - WNYC - Public Radio - Taped 10/27 - Broadcast NY 10/29/87 @ 12pm ; National broadcast throughout week - different time schedules". Typed note on original cassette: "Merce Interview, WNYC Radio".Venue: Recorded in, New York, NY, 1987 October 27.Venue: Broadcast on WNYC FM, New York, NY, 1987 October 29.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (65 minutes) : analogSound quality is mostly good; there are occasional background recording sounds.
DescriptionSide a [part 2 of the program]: Begins abruptly, Leonard Lopate introduces Kate Borger, Melody Walker and the interview with Merce Cunningham, ca. 0:00-1:38; they play an excerpt from John Cage's Voiceless essay for Cunningham's Points in space (1987), and, while playing, they describe their thoughts on it, ca. 1:43-3:36; Walker introduces her interview with Cunningham taken at his [Merce Cunningham Dance] Studio in Westbeth and they play the interview recording, ca. 3:37-20:15; Cunningham speaks about adapting Points in space from video, for a stage performance; [recording gap from ca. 5:44-5:50]; Cunningham speaks about the ways in which video impacts how a viewer sees choreography including size, timing and speed; silence in his [Merce Cunningham Dance] Company rehearsals, using unconventional music in performances, and the dancers' concentration; more on timing as an important structural element in his choreography; the independence of the composition process for composers working with Cunningham, especially with John Cage; Cunningham speaks about how tedious it is for the dancers while filming dance and the difficulty of re-shooting sequences; his opinions of narrative in dance and changes in attention span due to television; Kate Borger speaks with Walker about Cunningham as a performer with his Company, ca. 20:16-21:15; Lopate and Borger continue to speak with Walker about Points in space, filming dance, and the New York & Company show, ca. 21:17-28:28; Elliot Caplan calls into the program and speaks about the broadcast of Points in space on Arts and Entertainment cable television station, his training as a painter with Elizabeth Murray, ca. 28:29-31:31; ends abruptly.Side b [part 1 of the program]: Begins abruptly, Leonard Lopate speaks with Kate Borger about the New York & Company show and Melody Walker's interview with Merce Cunningham; Lopate and Borger speak about dance on television and public radio's coverage of dance; they speak about his recent guests, Emmanuelle Béart, Robert Townsend, and Demetra Vance; they speak about acting and the physical appearances in actor's that can make a career successful; they speak briefly with Walker about physical appearances in dancers; [announcement break and music, ca. 16:50-18:32]; they speak about the show's producer being ill and plans for future New York & Company shows; Walker speaks about reasons for interviewing Cunningham at his Westbeth Studio rather than live on the show; they speak briefly about the press kits for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Walker speaks about Cunningham's innovative approach to filming dance for video and television; Walker announces the broadcast of Points in space on Arts and Entertainment cable television station; Walker speaks about the BBC mini documentary about Cunningham and Elliot Caplan that accompanies Points in space; Borger speaks about her enjoyment of watching dance and the Cunningham Company; they speak about Cunningham's unique approach to the music that accompanies his choreography; Walker speaks more about Points in space and John Cage's composition Voiceless essay; ends abruptly.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 914903176NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20751139Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 53088a20-b90d-0133-3b1c-60f81dd2b63c
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