Interview with Dan Wagoner, 1978
NamesWagoner, Dan (Interviewee)Tobias, Tobi (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-10-17 - 1978-11-28
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-971
TopicsCunningham, MerceTaylor, Paul, 1930-Graham, MarthaWagoner, Dan -- InterviewsMartha Graham Dance CompanyMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyPaul Taylor Dance CompanyDan Wagoner and DancersAureole (Choreographic work : Taylor)
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-971.Content: Interview with Dan Wagnoer conducted byTobi Tobias on October 17 and November 16 and 28, in New York City, for the Oral History Project of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality ranges from fair to good. On streaming audio files 1-4, the voice of Tobi Tobias, the interviewer, is often so soft as to be unintelligible; the voice of Dan Wagoner, the interviewee, is also soft but usually intelligible. Their voices are normal volume in streaming audio files 5-9.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1978 New York (New York)Funding: The conservation 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 DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 5 audio cassettes (approximately 5 hr., 15 min.) ; quarter-track; 1.875 ips
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 31 minutes) and streaming audio file 2 (approximately 33 minutes). October 17, 1978. Dan Wagoner speaks with Tobi Tobias about his childhood; his family, in particular his father; being drawn to dancing and performing; using notation and video for dance reconstructions; the excitement of the New York dance world.
Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 33 minutes) and streaming audio file 4 (approximately 5 minutes). October 17, 1978. Dan Wagoner speaks with Tobi Tobias about dancing in the Martha Graham Dance Company; Martha Graham as a person and as a performer.
Streaming audio file 5 (approximately 47 minutes) and streaming audio file 6 (approximately 47 minutes). November 16, 1978. Dan Wagoner speaks with Tobi Tobias about the vulnerability of performing; the cultural ideal of a dancer; working with Merce Cunningham and his company [Merce Cunningham Dance Company]; the aging process in a dancer; leaving the Graham company to dance with Paul Taylor and his company [Paul Taylor Dance Company]; his various roles in the Graham repertory.
Streaming audio file 7 (approximately 46 minutes) and streaming audio file 8 (approximately 47 minutes). November 16 and 28, 1978. Dan Wagoner speaks with Tobi Tobias about Paul Taylor's choreographic methods; Taylor's work Aureole; lecture-demonstrations and teaching master classes; leaving Paul Taylor's company to create his own work; his approach to choreography.
Streaming audio file 9 (approximately 31 minutes). November 28, 1978. Dan Wagoner speaks with Tobi Tobias about Dan Wagoner and Dancers; teaching technique; the movement vocabulary of ballet.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 78652414NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118834Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6184f130-78be-0136-b69c-0c1305be4439
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