Interview and lecture-demonstration with Ruth St. Denis
NamesSt. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Speaker)Terry, Walter (Host)92nd Street Y (New York, N.Y.) (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1963-01-27
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-60
TopicsSt. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968Fuller, Loie, 1862-1928Incense (Choreographic work : St Denis)Egypta (Choreographic work : St Denis)
NotesFunding: The processing 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.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded at Walter Terry's series, Dance laboratory, at the Young Men's-Young Women's Hebrew Association, 92nd Street, New York January 27, 1963 New York (N.Y.)Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 45 minutes). Walter Terry speaks about Ruth St. Denis; including the uncertainty regarding how old she is; her first professional performance; her personal background and career including several anecdotes. Terry introduces St. Denis; in response to his questions St. Denis speaks about dance in America at the beginning of her career; the events that inspired her career in dance: a performance by Genevieve Stebbins and the two spectacles, Egypt through centuries in Palisades Park (N.J.)., and The burning of Rome, in New York City; her three favorite books when she was a child; her early work Egypta and how it reflects her theory of artistic creation and androgyny; what she feels is her most important contribution to American dance; her dancing compared to that of Isadora Duncan's. [Applause.]Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 34 minutes). [Applause.] In response to questions from Walter Terry, Ruth St. Denis speaks about the use of fabric in dance costumes; Loie Fuller, including her Lily dance and her inspired use of lighting; dance and longevity; an anecdote about a party honoring Olga Preobrajenska; Isadora Duncan's influence on ballet technique; presenting her dance O-Mika to the Japan Society; Ted Shawn's Japanese spear dance and his Cosmic dance of Siva; her rhythmic choirs; her plans for the future. Terry speaks about St. Denis's work Incense, which she is to dance following an intermission in the program [the music that accompanies Incense, played by Jesse Meeker, is heard followed by applause].
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 19 min.) : polyester, half-track, 7.5 ips; 7 in.The sound quality is good overall.
DescriptionInterview and lecture-demonstration with Ruth St. Denis recorded on January 27, 1963 as the third program in the 1962 -1963 season of Walter Terry's series, Dance laboratory, given at the Young Men's-Young Women's Hebrew Association, 92nd Street, New York (known as the 92nd Street Y).
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 1057122439NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117197Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bc347250-cb54-0136-fcaf-6df0218c1848
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