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Tanztheater: Panel discussion
Nichols, Madeleine M (Moderator)
Schlicher, Susanne, 1957- (Speaker)
Manning, Susan (Speaker)
Hoffmann, Reinhild (Speaker)
Siegel, Marcia B (Speaker)
Schmidt, Jochen, 1936-2010 (Speaker)
Linke, Susanne, 1944- (Speaker)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1989-10-16
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-1098
Kresnik, Johann, 1939-
Bausch, Pina
Hommage à Dore Hoyer (Choreographic work : Linke)
Tanztheater -- Germany (East)
Tanztheater -- Germany (West)
Panel discussions
Citation/reference: For transcript of interview see: *MGZMT 3-1098.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts October 16, 1989 New York (N.Y.)
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 Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 2 audiotape reels (approximately 1 hr., 44 min.) : quarter-track; 7.5 ips; 7 in.
Sound quality is good to fair. Volume is somewhat low, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible. However, the questions from the audience are, for the most part, either not audible or not intelligible.
Panel discussion of Tanztheater in Germany, held on October 16, 1989, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, New York (N.Y.), moderated by Madeleine Nichols. Panelists include: German choreographers Susanne Linke and Reinhild Hoffmann, American dance writers Marcia Siegel and Susan Manning, and German dance writers Susanne Schlicher and Jochen Schmidt. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Madeleine Nichols as moderator introduces herself and the panelists: German choreographers Susanne Linke and Reinhild Hoffmann, the American dance writer Marcia B. Siegel, the German dance writers Jochen Schmidt and Susanne Schlicher, and the American dance writer Susan Manning. Susanne Schlicher reads her paper on the relationship between Tanztheater and theater in (the former) West Germany in the 1980s. The panelists respond, discussing the origins and development of Tanztheater including the seminal roles of Hans [Johan] Kresnik and Pina Bausch and Tanztheater's current status with audiences and critics; at approximately 41 minutes, a question and answer session begins; topics discussed in response to the (mostly inaudible) questions include Pina Baush's Rite of spring; whether German culture is reflected in Tanztheater, and other influences on Tanztheater; and the spreading of Tanztheater's influence [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2]. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 48 minutes). Jochen Schmidt continues to speak (briefly) on the spreading influence of Tanztheater; in response to [Marcia B. Siegel's?] remarks about Tanztheater in [the former] East Germany, the panelists discuss the differences between Tanztheater in the East and the West as well as the influence of American dance and theater; in response to (mostly inaudible) further questions, the panelists speak about contemporary German audiences of Tanztheater; the effects of World War II; working methods; Susanne Linke's Hommage à Dore Hoyer; the selection and training of Tanztheater performers [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 3]. Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 8 minutes). Suzanne Linke (?) continues to speak about the selection and training of performers; in response to audience questions (only the first of which is intelligible), the panelists speak about venues for Tanztheater; and the redefining of dance.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 84364962
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118946
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fa1f26b0-4c81-0136-a2aa-2d55ca273bf3
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tanztheater" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tanztheater" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 22, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1989). Tanztheater Retrieved from

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