Interview with Sophia Delza, 1957Additional title: Sophia Delza papers 1903-1996 (S) *MGZMD 155
NamesDelza, Sophia (Interviewee)Wilcher, Ida (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1957-12-12
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-3043
TopicsDelza, SophiaDance -- ChinaTheater -- ChinaOperas, ChineseTai chi
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded for broadcast on KPFA radio 1957 Berkeley, CaliforniaFunding: 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.Citation/reference: Audio separated from Sophia Delza papers 1903-1996 (S) *MGZMD 155
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 34 min.) : acetate, full-track, ips not specified ; 7 in.Sound quality is excellent.
DescriptionInterview with Sophia Delza conducted by Ida Wilcher for broadcast on KPFA radio, at the University of California, Berkeley, on December 12, 1957. Based on KPFA's archives, the interview was held shortly after Delza's presentation of her program of Chinese Action-Dances, at University of California, Berkeley and may have been broadcast (or re-broadcast) in January 1958.
Streaming audio file (approximately 34 minutes). In connection with her recent presentation of Chinese Action-Dances, Sophie Delza speaks with Ida Wilcher about classical Chinese theater [Chinese opera]; topics include: the types of roles she performs; the musical accompaniment including the use of percussion; her performance of modern dance and Chinese traditional dance in China; her background in dance; female and male roles; the transmission of roles from teacher to student; female actors; Mei Lanfang; the current state of Chinese traditional dance in China; different types of plays in classical Chinese theater; folk dance in China; the apparent absence in China, at least as of 1951, of so-called concert dance; theaters in China including their physical appearance and the audience; the highly stylized nature of classical Chinese theater as seen, for example, in the entrances and the exits; Sophia Delza also speaks briefly about Tʻai chi chʻüan [t'ai chi] including its origins and purpose [final approximate minute of the recording consists of unrelated material].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 926972394NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20825354Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5ed2e900-b92b-0133-243c-60f81dd2b63c
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