Interview with Franziska Boas, 1969
NamesBoas, Franziska, 1902-1988 (Interviewee)Horosko, Marian (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1969
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1275 [Cassette]
TopicsBoas, Franziska, 1902-1988Larson, Bird, 1887-1927Religious dance -- United StatesModern dance -- United StatesModern danceReligious danceUnited States
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Marian Horosko 1969 New York (N.Y.)Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the Barbara Goldstein Conservation Division of The New York Public Library and 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.Content: Streaming file 1 (approximately 31 minutes). Franziska Boas speaks with Marian Horosko about how she first came to study dance with Bird Larson; her own career as a dance teacher; working with Larson at Barnard College and at her studio; more on how she came to study with Larson; Larson's personality and physical appearance; their costumes for class and for performance; Larson's professional background; Larson's movement technique including why it was advanced for its time; Boas's thoughts on Isadora Duncan; the various technical exercises Larson taught; concert performances including a dance, Seasons, based on William Blake's paintings; the splintering off of Larson's students into two groups after her death; studying with Hanya Holm and learning dynamic technique.Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 26 minutes). Franziska Boas speaks with Marian Horosko about differences between Bird Larson's technical exercises and those taught by Hanya Holm; Larson's choreographic methods and her dance Casting out the devils; Mary Wigman and her influence on Larson's use of percussion; modern dance performances Boas saw and classes she took in Europe; her sense that modern dance in the 1940s too often focused on technique to the detriment of content; the incorporation of individual expression in Larson's composition exercises; the group's performances at St. Mark's in the Bowery Church; other exercises, including those influenced by the Stanislavsky method; her belief that Larson would have continued to be a modern dance pioneer had she not died so young; Boas's career after Larson's death including her working with Holm; her thoughts on Humphrey's and (very briefly) Graham's techniques.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 57 min.) : acetate, half-track, 3.75 ips. ; 7 in.Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by mild "tape hiss," but the speakers' voices are clear and easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Franziska Boas conducted by Marian Horosko in 1969, at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, in New York City.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 909405425NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20625309Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7d136ce0-b8c2-0133-e532-60f81dd2b63c
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