An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance

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Title
An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance
Names
La Meri, 1898-1988 (Speaker)
Parra, Mariano (Speaker)
Jowitt, Deborah (Speaker)
Duncan, Jeff, 1930-1989 (Speaker)
New York University. School of the Arts (Contributor)
Dance Theater Workshop (Contributor)
Collection

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1975-12-08
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZT 5-257
Topics
La Meri, 1898-1988
Ethnologic Dance Center (New York, N.Y.)
Ethnic Dance Arts, Cape Cod, Mass
Swan lake in Hindu (Choreographic work : La Meri)
Genres
Lectures
Notes
Content: Lecture given by La Meri at the Dance Theatre Workshop program at the American Theatre Laboratory, on December 8, 1975, probably in New York City, with moderators: Deborah Jowitt and Mariano Parra, followed by a question and answer session.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded at the Dance Theatre Workshop program at the American Theatre Laboratory December 8 , 1975 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
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 34 min.) : polyester, half-track, 1.875 ips. ; 5 in.
Sound quality is good.
Description
Streaming file 1 (approximately one hour and 32 minutes). Unidentified speaker [Jeff Duncan] introduces guest Mariano Parra; Mariano Parra introduces La Meri and Deborah Jowitt; in response to questions from Jowitt and Parra, La Meri speaks about her career including her early dance training and performances; how she came to specialize in ethnic dance; her study of many types of dance; her impressions of Anna Pavlova and Mary Wigman; Ravi Shankar; belly dance including an anecdote about a performance in Paris, France; her work Swan lake in Hindu; her books and lecture-demonstrations; folk dance compared with theatrical ethnic dance; the vexed issues of creativity and authenticity in ethnic dance; the tendency of audiences to focus on technique and virtuosity; her international touring as a soloist; her return to New York where she performed with her own company [at the New York School of Natya, later absorbed into the Ethnologic Dance Center]; retiring and founding a school and performance center [Ethnic Dance Arts Inc] in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; the relationship of ethnic dance and modern dance forms; authentic re-interpretation of ethnic dance as compared to interpretation that is superficial and misguided [question and answer session including the issue as to why ethnic dance is the so-called step-child of dance, including an anecdote about the critic Walter Terry and discussion of Clive Barnes' and John Martin's remarks about ethnic dance; ends abruptly]. Streaming file 2 (approximately 2 minutes). [Begins and ends abruptly.] Mariano Parra closes the program with remarks about La Meri and an announcement.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 79207925
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118015
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9580a00-c352-0133-7d2e-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1898: Creator Born
  • 1975: Created
  • 1988: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1975. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bcdbbe70-c352-0133-84ad-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 27, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bcdbbe70-c352-0133-84ad-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1975). An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bcdbbe70-c352-0133-84ad-60f81dd2b63c

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An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance