Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt]

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Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt]
Alum, Manuel (Speaker)

Manuel Alum Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7752
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4826 (former)
Educational/cultural films & video
Title from information provided by donor.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the American Center, Tokyo, Japan, on July 3, 1979.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (62 min.) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Speaking through a Japanese interpreter, Manuel Alum discusses the formative influences on his career as dancer and choreographer, including his Puerto Rican background, his childhood attraction to flying and risk-taking, and his initial desire to become a painter. He talks about Sybil Shearer, who inspired him to become a dancer; his studies at the Graham school in New York prior to joining the Paul Sanasardo company as principal dancer, choreographer, and assistant artistic director; and his decision to form his own company. He then shares his thoughts on the nature of dance and its appeal, his approach to choreography, and his artistic goals. The dance demonstration which followed is not included on this tape.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12374422
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c6e7ee30-8cd4-0135-9151-795155d06283
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  • 2017: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt]" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 17, 2019.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt] Retrieved from

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Manuel Alum lecture-demonstration [excerpt]