John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24

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Title
John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Cage, John (Panelist)
Caplan, Elliot (Panelist)
Cunningham, Merce (Panelist)
Castelli, Leo (Moderator)
French Institute-Alliance Française de New York (Host)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991-03-24
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LT-10-A 3067
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1474
Topics
Cage, John
Caplan, Elliot
Cunningham, Merce
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture)
Trackers (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Artistic collaboration
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc
Genres
Panel discussions
Live sound recordings
Notes
Content: Leo Castelli moderates a panel conversation with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan following the premiere screening of the film Cage/Cunningham at the French Institute/Alliance Française.
Content: Title, location, speakers and date provided by cataloger based on handwritten notes on original reel container and original cassette, and audition.
Content: Handwritten note on original reel container: "Cunningham Dance Foundation 463 West St. NY NY 10014 [phone number] ; Cage/Cunningham, screening March 24, 1991 ; Florence Gould Hall, New York ; Conversation: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Eliot Caplan, Moderator: Leo Castelli".
Content: Handwritten note on original cassette and container: "Cage/Cunningham ; N.Y. Screening 3.24.91 ; Florence Gould Hall ; Conversation: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Caplan ; Moderator: Leo Castelli ".
Numbering: Donor's inventory number: R066.
Original version: Based on content, recording medium, and recording quality, it is undetermined whether the audio cassette is a copy of the original audiotape reel or a separate recording of the same event.
Venue: Recorded at Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute/Alliance Française in, New York, New York, 1991 March 24
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audio cassette (25 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is fair to good; in streaming file 1, the speakers are audible but are some distance from the microphone until ca. 10:25, when they adjust their distance and the recording volume level increases. Streaming file 2 has a more consistent sound quality.
Description
Begins abruptly, unidentified speaker introduces the benefit screening and panel; Leo Castelli, moderator, asks the panel, John Cage, Elliot Caplan, and Merce Cunningham on the origins of the documentary film Cage/Cunningham; more on the making of the film, especially in the context of artistic collaboration between Merce Cunningham and John Cage, and the [Merce Cunningham] Dance Company; they make brief comments about a clip of M.C. [Mary Caroline] Richards in the film; Caplan speaks about beginning to film while the Company was on tour in 1989, and how editing the footage led to further ideas; more on the circumstances around filming while the Company was continuing it's ongoing performance schedule and tours; Cunningham speaks about the daily routine for the Dance Company while on tour and the challenges of filming these routines, including the enviromental variations while travelling; Cage briefly speaks about enjoying the screening and benefit; Cunningham briefly speaks about enjoying the multiple points of view that the film captures; Caplan briefly speaks about his philosophy as a filmmaker and the uniqueness of filming the Company; Castelli makes a brief remark on the footage of Septet (1953) in the film; Caplan introduces the upcoming dance project, Trackers (1991), and Cunningham describes working with a computer program [LifeForms] in its creation; Cunningham briefly speaks about the working methods of his Company and artistic collaborators, and their flexibility while working in a variety of environments; Cunningham tells a brief anecdote about his youth while at the Cornish School and buying a pair of shoes; unidentified speaker invites the audience to champagne and hors d'oeuvres.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 890142665
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20290962
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6f2cd580-b7b8-0133-7ba3-3c07547a230f
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1991. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/71fb03b0-b7b8-0133-3c35-3c07547a230f

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 16, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/71fb03b0-b7b8-0133-3c35-3c07547a230f

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1991). John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/71fb03b0-b7b8-0133-3c35-3c07547a230f

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John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Elliot Caplan panel conversation following the premiere screening of Cage/Cunningham (Motion picture), 1991-03-24