Interview with Louis Falco, 1976

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Interview with Louis Falco, 1976
Falco, Louis (Interviewee)
Gruen, John (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976-05-03
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-317 Side A
Limón, José
Falco, Louis
José Limón Dance Company
Louis Falco Dance Company
Caravan (Choreographic work : Falco)
Moor's pavane (Choreographic work : Limón)
Radio programs
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by WNCN-FM, New York 1976, May 3 New York (N.Y.)
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
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 3 min.)
Sound quality is good overall. There is some distortion, but both speakers' voices are loud and easily intelligible.
Interview with Louis Falco conducted by John Gruen, as host, for broadcast on May 3, 1976 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance. Streaming audio file (approximately one hour and three minutes). John Gruen speaks about the awards just presented, to Margot Fonteyn and George Balanchine, and introduces his guest Louis Falco; Falco speaks about his new work Caravan, created for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company [from approximately 8:57 to 13:00, a recording of an excerpt of the music by Duke Ellington used in Caravan is heard]; Falco speaks about his approach to music when choreographing; Gruen introduces and reads an excerpt from Don McDonagh's new book entitled: The complete guide to modern dance (1976) describing Falco's background and work; Falco speaks, briefly, about performing as the friend [Iago] in José Limón's The moor's pavane; working with José Limón; how the José Limón Dance Company has changed since Limón's death; more on dancing in The moor's pavane; the various versions of the role of Iago that have evolved as Limón revised it for different dancers; his own company and its upcoming engagements [from approximately 26:46 to 31:00, a recording of an excerpt of Béla Bartók's Quartet for strings, no. 3, used in Falco's work Argot, can be heard; it is followed by Gruen's identification of the music, which is followed in turn, by commercial announcements]; Gruen speaks about Falco's choreography; Falco speaks about his choreographic process; the various ways in which his life influences his choreography; his style; the question as to whether his work is sometimes misunderstood; how he coaches the dancers performing his work; his impressions when watching other companies' perform [from approximately 48:50 to 55:12, a recording of music by Duke Ellington used in Alvin Ailey's 1976 work entitled Black, brown, and beige, can be heard; commercial announcements and unidentified music follow].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81013984
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117992
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3fc97660-c24e-0135-44eb-63cb754a42fa
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Louis Falco" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

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Interview with Louis Falco