Interview with Alwin Nikolais, 1976Additional title: Sound of dance (Radio program)
NamesNikolais, Alwin (Interviewee)Gruen, John (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1976-07-12
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-343 Side A
TopicsNikolais, AlwinNikolais Dance TheatreTriad (Choreographic work : Nikolais)Styx (Choreographic work : Nikolais)Tribe (Choreographic work : Nikolais)Arporisms (Choreographic work : Nikolais)Nudity in dance
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by WNCN-FM, New York 1976, July 12 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 DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 1 min.)Sound quality is good overall. There is some distortion, but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Alvin NIkolais conducted by John Gruen, as host, for broadcast on July 12, 1976 by radio station WNCN-FM, New York on its series The sound of dance.
Streaming audio file (approximately one hour and one minute). [Begins abruptly with end of introductory remarks by Oscar Buhler.] John Gruen, as host, introduces Alwin Nikolais and his work; Alwin Nikolais and Gruen speak about his concern with the visual aspects of dance including the use of light and color; Nikolais' work Scenario [a recording of an excerpt of the sound score created by Nikolais for his work Triad is played]; Nikolais speaks about Triad; his work Styx; his creative process, including his use of slides to design the choreography and the lighting; the sound; touring with his company [Nikolais Dance Theatre]; [a recording of an additional excerpt from the sound score for Triad is played]; Nikolais speaks about how he creates the sound scores for his works including his use of objects, synthesizers, and ethnic instruments; the reason he does not use more conventional instruments; his start in music and how he came to have a career in dance; his evaluation of critics who have written about his work; the financial hardship of performing in New York City [a recording of an additional excerpt from the sound score for Triad is played]; Nikolais speaks about his work Tribe including its length; the influence of Asian art on his work; his new work-in-progress [Arporisms], in honor of Jean Arp; Gruen's closing remarks [Oscar Buhler's closing remarks; ends abruptly].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82814220NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118163Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b4bb86f0-c249-0135-ad4a-0b6b5128f422
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