The dance: Denishawn

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The dance: Denishawn
Vita, Kati (Speaker)
Walker, Norman (Speaker)
Meeker, Jess (Speaker)
Trisler, Joyce, 1934-1979 (Speaker)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-09-03
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-520
Pinska, Klarna
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
Denishawn Dancers
Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Incense (Choreographic work : St Denis)
Kinetic molpai (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Radio programs
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation September 3, 1978
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 Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 29 min.) : polyester, half-track, 7 1/2 ips ; 7 in.
Sound quality is excellent.
The dance: Denishawn; broadcast on September, 1978 by CBC-FM as a program in its series On the dance scene. Produced and moderated by Kati Vita, with introductory and closing remarks by Harry Mannes (phonetic spelling). The program combines archival recordings of spoken word, film, and musical excerpts as well as interviews Vita conducted with Norman Walker, Joyce Trisler and Jess Meeker. Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 31 minutes). [Very high-pitched noise followed by music and introductory remarks by Harry Mannes (phonetic spelling).] Kati Vita, Norman Walker, and Joyce Trisler speak about Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, and the Denishawn Dancers; a recording is played of Walter Terry speaking at Jacob's Pillow on the occasion of St. Denis' and Shawn's' 50th wedding anniversary including Shawn's introduction of Ruth St. Denis' dancing of her work Incense [music]; following comments on the dance, a recording is played of St. Denis speaking about Incense; Walker speaks about seeing St. Denis dance Incense; a recording is played of Ted Shawn introducing St. Denis' performance of Incense [music]; Walker speaks about St. Denis, Shawn and the Denishawn Dancers including St. Denis' influence on dance in India [music]; a recording is played of Walter Terry telling a performance anecdote about St. Denis and Shawn [music]; Walker and Jess Meeker speak about the formation of Ted Shawn and his Men Dancers and the history of Jacob's Pillow. Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 32 minutes). [Very high-pitched noise followed by approximately 6:30 minutes of music.] Norman Walker speaks about his work with Ted Shawn at Jacob's Pillow including Shawn's choreographic process; Jess Meeker speaks about how Jacob's Pillow has returned to its core principles since Walker became its artistic director; Walker speaks further about Shawn and Jacob's Pillow [a recording is played of Ted Shawn speaking about his broad conception of dance and Jacob's Pillow]; Kati Vita speaks about Shawn and revivals of his work Kinetic molpai [music]; Walker speaks about Kinetic molpai including his revival of it and its use of both modern and ballet technique [music]; the limited influence of Denishawn on modern dance techniques; Meeker and Walker speak about The spirit of Denishawn and Klarna Pinska; whether the Denishawn dances were "good dances;" Joyce Trisler speaks about the origins of her interest in Denishawn; finding Klarna Pinska and working with her on The spirit of Denishawn; the creation of the Denishawn schools and style. Streaming audio file 3 (approximately 26 minutes). [Very high-pitched noise.] Joyce Trisler speaks about The spirit of Denishawn including why it was difficult for her dancers to perform Denishawn works; working with Klarna Pinska; the structure of the production [music]; Vita speaks about the nostalgic and old-fashioned quality of the dances performed in The spirit of Denishawn; Trisler speaks about audience response to The spirit of Denishawn in Germany and elsewhere; the program's success in New York City; the weighting of the program toward the works of Ruth St. Denis; Norman Walker speaks about Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in their last years; their unsuccessful attempt to revive a Denishawn work at Jacob's Pillow [music and closing remarks by Harry Mannes (phonetic spelling) that include identification of the speakers and of the music heard on the program].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 78206360
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118329
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 484e2dd0-c65d-0135-008a-0bd763f5d607
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The dance: Denishawn