Interview with Merce Cunningham on the Sound of dance (Radio program), 1981-03-15: and, excerpt from an unidentified musical theater performanceAdditional title: Fractions (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cunningham, Merce (Interviewee)Gibson, Jon (Composer)Gruen, John (Host)WNCN (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1981-03-15Place: New York, NY.
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1197
TopicsCunningham, MerceMerce Cunningham Dance Company10's with shoes (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Channels/Inserts (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Fielding sixes (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Fractions (Choreographic work : Cunningham)ChoreographyMusical theaterMusic and danceGibson, Jon. Equal distribution. No. 1. Selections
GenresMusicLive sound recordingsInterviews
NotesContent: Title provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten notes on original container and cassette.Venue: Broadcast March 15, 1981 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York, on its series the Sound of dance.Content: Handwritten notes on original container and cassette: "Merce Cunningham: Interview with John Gruen WNCN 15 March 1981".Numbering: Donor's inventory number: C374.Venue: Musical theater performance recorded live in an unidentified location and date.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (76 minutes) : analogSound quality is fair; the speakers are very muffled and at times, inaudible.
DescriptionStreaming file 1, Side a: Host John Gruen introduces Merce Cunningham; Cunningham and Gruen briefly debate the description of Cunningham's work as intellectual; Cunningham speaks about generating unique movement in his choreography; his 10's with shoes (1981), including the origin of the title and its upcoming premiere; Cunningham's interest in the independence of the performance elements of decor/design, sound, and dance; his Fielding sixes (1980), including briefly the origins of the choreography and its title; his Channels/Inserts (1981), and working with dance for the camera; Gruen speaks about Cunningham as a performer; Cunningham speaks about his theory of dance and movement, especially in relation to ballet; more on innovating movement and his interest in activating the mind of the viewer; briefly, his interest in pedestrian movement; his use of chance methods in choreography and the challenge it poses to a dancer; excerpt of music for Fractions (1977), Jon Gibson's Equal distribution no. 1 (1977), 23:46-26:45; they briefly discuss the abstract nature of Cunningham's work; Gruen announces Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at City Center, March 17-29, 1981; Cunningham speaks about his intentions as a choreographer and how he envisions communicating with his audience; Cunningham speaks about sources of artistic influence outside of dance; Gruen quotes a New York Times article on Cunningham's influence on post-modern dance; Cunningham speaks about some of the changes in the field of dance from when his career began; briefly, his relationship to Martha Graham as an apprentice, rather than a disciple; the dance qualities he learned from Graham that he continues to use; his approach to teaching and the structure of his dance technique classes; more on re-thinking movement as a result of working with dance on camera; briefly, how Cunningham chooses dancers; ends abruptly.
Streaming file 2, Side b: Begins abruptly; Merce Cunningham, continues to speak with John Gruen about the qualities he looks for in dancers and coaching dancers; excerpt of Equal distribution no. 1, 2:09-3:37; Cunningham briefly speaks about how the dance Fractions has its own phrasing, separate from the music; more on the relationship between the music and choreography, including how his dancers navigate the structures of both disciplines; Gruen concludes the show; unidentified live musical theater performance begins abruptly, 9:13-30:38.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913795707NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20730821Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 653c74d0-b8cd-0133-c933-60f81dd2b63c
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