An evening with La Meri: the life of a woman in dance
NamesLa 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)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1975-12-08
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-257
TopicsLa Meri, 1898-1988Ethnologic Dance Center (New York, N.Y.)Ethnic Dance Arts, Cape Cod, MassSwan lake in Hindu (Choreographic work : La Meri)
NotesContent: 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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 34 min.) : polyester, half-track, 1.875 ips. ; 5 in.Sound quality is good.
DescriptionStreaming 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 ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 79207925NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118015Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9580a00-c352-0133-7d2e-60f81dd2b63c
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