Interviews with Shulamit Bat-Ari Kivel (Shulamite Kornberg Kivel), Fred Berk, Bonnie Bird, Meredith Monk, and Gary Harris, 1978Additional title: Interview with Gary HarrisAdditional title: Interview with Bonnie BirdAdditional title: Interview with Fred BerkAdditional title: Interview with Meredith MonkAdditional title: Interview with Shulamit Bat-Ari Kivel
NamesBerk, Fred, 1911-1980 (Interviewee)Monk, Meredith (Interviewee)Harris, Gary (Interviewee)Ingber, Judith Brin (Interviewer)Bird, Bonnie (Interviewee)Kivel, Shulamit Bat-Ari (Interviewee)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-04
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-2131 (sound cassette)
TopicsBerk, Fred, 1911-1980Delakova, KatyaHarris, GaryBird, BonnieKivel, Shulamit Bat-AriLevi-Tanai, SaraMonk, MeredithMerry-Go-Rounders92nd Street Y (New York, N.Y.)Israel Folk Dance Festival (New York, N.Y.)Holiday in Israel (Choreographic work : Berk)Folk dancing -- IsraelJewish dance -- United StatesJewish dance -- Israel
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Judith Brin Ingber 1978, New York CityFunding: 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.Acquisition: Gift, Judith Brin Ingber
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 3 hr., 4 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is fair to poor. The recording is marred by significant extraneous noise including music, people speaking in the background, and other extraneous sounds. However, for the most part the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterviews with Shulamit Bat-Ari Kivel (Shulamite Kornberg Kivel), Fred Berk, Bonnie Bird, Meredith Monk, and Gary Harris conducted by Judith Brin Ingber, in April 1978, in New York City, as part of her research in writing Fred Berk's biography entitled Victory dances: the life of Fred Berk.
Streaming file 1 (approximately 45 minutes). [First approximate 13:30 minutes]: Shulamit Bat-Ari Kivel (Shulamite Kornberg Kivel) and Judith Brin Ingber review and comment on Kivel's collection of dance photographs and programs, including those relating to the contemporary Jewish Arts Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. [From approximately 13:30 minutes to the end, at 44:53 minutes]: Fred Berk speaks with Ingber about folk dance publications that he has authored, edited or initiated, including: Ha rikud, Machol ha'am, Hora magazine, Ten folk dances in Labanotation, and Guide for the Israeli folk dance teacher; being influenced by the work of Rudolf von Laban [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Streaming file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). [First approximate 13:35 minutes]: Fred Berk speaks with Judith Brin Ingber about making recordings of Israeli folk dances; working with Gerry and Stephanie Katz. [From approximately 13:36 minutes to 26:22 minutes]: Bonnie Bird and Fred Berk speak with Ingber about the sale of the Merry-Go-Rounders; directing and teaching in the dance program of the 92nd Street Y; the genesis and repertory of the Merry-Go-Rounders [short gap; interview with Meredith Monk begins at approximately 26:57 and continues until the end of the streaming file, at 44:53]: Meredith Monk speaks with Ingber about her study of Israeli folk dance; her Jewish background; studying with Berk; attending Camp Blue Star; her first major piece of choreography as a student; seeing Martha Graham's work for the first time [ends abruptly].
Streaming file 3 (approximately 47 minutes). [First approximate 9:27 minutes]: Gary Harris speaks with Judith Brin Ingber about and reads extensively from an unidentified text describing his lighting designs for Fred Berk's dances; explains shadow patterns as a theatrical lighting choice; his design for Berk's dance, Holiday in Israel. [From approximately 9:27 minutes to the end, at 46:38 minutes]: Fred Berk speaks with Ingber about the singer Lotte Lehmann; meeting Sara Levi-Tanai; his distaste for the use of humiliation as a teaching tool; the Israel Folk Dance Festival; his first introduction to Israeli folk dance; his relationship with Katya [Delakova]; [ends abruptly].
Streaming file 4 (approximately 47 minutes). [This may be a continuation of the interview recorded in the first approximate 13:30 minutes of streaming file 4.]: Shulamit Bat-Ari Kivel (Shulamite Kornberg Kivel) speaks with Judith Brin Ingber about settling and teaching dance in Israel; her early years as an immigrant in the United States; studying and performing with Katya Delakova and Fred Berk; her impressions of the Delakova/Berk repertoire; leaving Delakova and Berk; her husband [presumably her first husband, Leonard Kornberg; she married Morton Kivel in 1969]; the influence of Delakova and Berk on her teaching; her definition of "Jewish dance"; the importance of the Israel Folk Dance Festival [ends abruptly].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 40257344NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13821630Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cdfecae0-b3d8-0133-2ed1-3c07547a230f
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