Interviews with Martha Hill

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Interviews with Martha Hill
Additional title: M. Hill: Hong Kong
Hill, Martha, 1900-1995 (Interviewee)
Wolz, Carl (Interviewer)
Meaden, Janice (Interviewer)
Topaz, Muriel (Interviewer)

Janet Mansfield Soares Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Captured: 1989-07-13
Date Captured: 1990-07-26
Table of Contents
First interview (50 min.) / interviewer, Carl Wolz -- Second interview (43 min.) / interviewer, Janice Meaden -- Third interview (36 min.) / interviewer, Muriel Topaz.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-6982
Hill, Martha, 1900-1995 -- Interviews
Wolz, Carl
Meaden, Janice
Topaz, Muriel
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Bennington College
Juilliard School. Dance Division
Dance teachers -- United States
Dance -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
Content: Title from opening video credits.
Creation/production credits: Property of Janet Soares, Barnard Dance Department.
Venue: Videotaped during interviews at Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong 1989 July 13 & 1990 July 26.
Acquisition: Gift; Janet Soares; 2010.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (130 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
First interview with Carl Wolz: Martha Hill reminisces about the first year of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and her impressions; how the students are looked at by the international dance community; remembering their production of Fandango set by Antony Tudor; the Metropolitan Opera Ballet; Juilliard's training and what the students need to learn in order to get professional work; creating the Juilliard Dance Program which opened in 1951/1952; planning the degree curriculum at the HKAPA beginning in 1992; the Hong Kong and Juilliard connection with the HKAPA being modeled after Juilliard; the preparatory division at Juilliard which no longer exists; the beautiful facitities at the HKAPA; and how the International Dance Festival started at the HKAPA in 1986. Second interview with Janice Meaden: Martha Hill discusses the early days of the HKAPA; when and how Meaden and Hill met; the creation of dance programs at NYU, Bennington, Juilliard, and HKAPA; Hill observing the first class of students at the HKAPA and her memories and perception of the building and program; the difference between the temporary quarters and the new permanent structure of the HKAPA; Hills memories of Hong Kong and the Typhoon. Third interview with Muriel Topaz: How Topaz and Hill meet at NYU when Topaz took dance classes with Martha Hill as an Elementary Education major; how Topaz ended up in New York and how NYC felt when she first moved here; about Topaz living in Greenwich House and studying dance in the village when social commentary in Dance was often explored; how Juilliard got started with an invite from William Schuman; meeting Schuman for a drink the day the trustees voted to accept Dance as a professional program at Juilliard; Topaz and Hill seeing each other regularly on the train back and forth from NYC to Philadelphia; establishing the Juilliard curriculum; and the early faculty at Bennington and Juilliard [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20196831
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dc615ef0-e84c-0131-0024-3c075448cc4b
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Item timeline of events

  • 1900: Creator Born
  • 1989: Captured (Approximate)
  • 1995: Creator Died
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Interviews with Martha Hill