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Interview with Martha Hill

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Interview with Martha Hill
Additional title: M. Hill with Tom Brown
Hill, Martha, 1900-1995 (Interviewee)
Brown, Thomas (British colorman, active 1844-1845) (Interviewer)

Janet Mansfield Soares Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1990-07-04
Date Captured: 1990-07-05
Table of Contents
First interview (56 min.) -- Second interview (24 min.) -- Third interview (12 min.).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-6983
Hill, Martha, 1900-1995 -- Interviews
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958
Wolz, Carl
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Bennington College
Passacaglia and fugue in C minor (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Shakers (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Day on earth (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Dance teachers -- United States
Modern dance -- United States
Dance -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
Content: Title from opening video credits; additional title from original VHS cassette label.
Creation/production credits: Property of Janet Soares, Barnard Dance Department.
Venue: Videotaped during interview at Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong 1990 July 4 & 5.
Acquisition: Gift; Janet Soares; 2010.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (95 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
First interview: Martha Hill discusses visiting the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and her relationship with students and staff; her background and growing up in East Palestine, Ohio; attending college in Battle Creek, Mich.; attending a Martha Graham concert in New York and changing her focus from ballet to modern dance; the graduate dance program at NYU, 1926; developing the dance program at Bennington College (first summer, 1934); seeing premiere of Martha Graham's Panarama and Doris Humphrey's With my Red Fires; talking about Humphrey as a colleague and as the head of the Juilliard Dance Theatre in 1950. Second interview: Martha Hill discusses the partisanship myth at Bennington and interacting with Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Graham; the progress of dance in higher education; how socialism and Hitler affected choreographers in the 1930's; being a student of Bessie Schönberg's at University of Oregon; Doris Humphrey's dances performed at the Hong Kong Academy including Passacaglia and Fugue, The Shakers, and Day on Earth. Third interview: Martha Hill talks about Carl Wolz (Dean of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) being her student at Juilliard; and concludes by talking about the Hong Kong Academy and its reputation around the world.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20196824
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7eebd760-e84c-0131-1c74-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1900: Creator Born
  • 1990: Created (Approximate)
  • 1995: Creator Died
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Martha Hill" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1990 - 1990.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Martha Hill" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 28, 2022.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1990 - 1990). Interview with Martha Hill Retrieved from

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Interview with Martha Hill