David Vaughan speaks about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on WNCN radio

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Title
David Vaughan speaks about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on WNCN radio
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewee)
Lowenstein, Ralph (Interviewer)
Brooklyn Academy of Music (Associated name)
WNCN (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) (Host)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1973-03-20 - 1973-03-22
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LT-7-A 2352
Topics
Cunningham, Merce
Vaughan, David, 1924-
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Canfield (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Event (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Choreography
Dance -- Production and direction
Genres
Radio interviews
Radio public service announcements
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title provided by cataloger based on audition and typed note on original container.
Content: Three interviews with David Vaughan conducted by Ralph Lowenstein of WNCN Radio station about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's performances on March 22-25, 1973, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Content: Typed note on original container: "David Vaughan (For Merce Cunningham) with Ralph Lowenstein ; Cut 1: 6:05PM, Tues., 3/20, 8' 10" ; Cut 2: 1:05PM, Wed., 3/21, 9:00 ; Cut 3: 6:45PM, Thurs., 3/22, 9:53".
Venue: Broadcast on WNCN Radio station, New York, New York, 1973 March 20, 21, 22
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (33 minutes) : analog, half track, mono ; 7 in.
Description
(0:00-8:09) Cut 1: David Vaughan speaks with radio announcer Ralph Lowenstein on March 20, 1973 for WNCN FM radio, about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's upcoming performances [March 22-25, 1973] of Events, numbers 65, 66, 67, and 68, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; briefly, Merce Cunningham's choreographic approach to Events, including his use of excerpts from the Company repertory; the circumstances of the original "museum event" in 1964; examples of subsequent performances of the Events; Cunningham's incorporation of each specific performance site for an Event; the dancer's job to quickly assemble the choreography from separate works for Events; briefly, the live music, composers and musicians, for the Events to be performed at BAM; Cunningham's working methods, especially his separation of dance from a musical score or from a storyline; Lowenstein makes a final announcement about the performances.(8:13-17:17) Cut 2: David Vaughan speaks with radio announcer Ralph Lowenstein on March 21, 1973 for WNCN FM radio, about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's upcoming performances [March 22-25, 1973] of Events, numbers 65, 66, 67, and 68, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the unique, assemblage type nature of the Events, including examples of the new choreography by Cunningham in the Events; the Company's residency and relationship with BAM; the Company's touring and performance plans for after the BAM performances; changes of personnel in the Company, especially Carolyn Brown's recent retirement from the Company; briefly lists others who had left the Company, especially those that pursued their own choreography; Cunningham's interest in using no storyline and the possibility for an audience's open interpretation of his choreography; briefly, the discipline and technique of modern dance, especially in Cunningham's classes and choreography; Cunningham's separation of choreography from musical interpretation and the Company's use of live music in performances; Vaughan lists the musicians in the upcoming performances; Lowenstein makes a final announcement about the performances.(17:21-27:16) Cut 3: David Vaughan speaks with radio announcer Ralph Lowenstein on March 22, 1973 for WNCN FM radio, about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's upcoming performances [March 22-25, 1973] of Events, numbers 65, 66, 67, and 68, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; a brief description of the original "museum event" in 1964 at the Museum of the 20th Century, Vienna [Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts]; the use of excerpts from the Company's repertory to comprise Events; Events as a choreographic solution to the unknown circumstances that arise during the Company's tours; the origin of the title for Cunningham's dance Canfield; briefly, more on how Cunningham names his works; briefly, Cunningham's use of chance methods in choreography; briefly, how the Company's dancers learn without music and memorize large amounts of choreography; the Company dancers' mental concentration in order to assemble and reorder sections of the repertory for Events; briefly, Cunningham's use of a stopwatch for sections of his choreography in rehearsal, and agreed upon time limits with the musicians for the work as a whole; Lowenstein makes a final announcement about the performances.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 880674515
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20211235
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8c815b50-b3fa-0133-5f5e-3c07547a230f
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David Vaughan speaks about the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on WNCN radio